American automaker Ford motors unleashed the new 2018 Ford EcoSport ST-Line during the recently concluded Frankfurt Motor Show 2017. It was the first time this stylish EcoSport ST-Line was unveiled by Ford manufacturers subject to the ST-Line trim. This sporty car will deliver improved capability and versatility, enhanced technology and refined styling.
The new Crossover also enhances driver assistance technologies and for the first time offers Ford intelligent all-wheel drive technology for enhanced adhesion on-and -off-road with an advanced new 1.5-litre diesel engine. This EcoSport ST-Line is set to be built at Ford’s automobile firm in Craiova in Romania in a $230 million investment.
Ford EcoSport ST-Line 2018 Interior
The EcoSport ST-Line offers a new structure of interior quality with user-friendly controls and a new center console specially created to enhance operation with fewer buttons. Its new partial leather seats are designed for proper comfort for all occupants. Passengers on board can also compliment the aura to their current mood with convertible interior lighting that can be changed to various colors.
Another feature includes a new height convertible boot floor which can be lifted to equip disguised storage or even lowered to grow luggage capacity. The new center console comes with a built-in folding, sliding armrest that comes with a storage section perfect for computer tablets or other gadgets.
This SUV offers an easier driving experience with advanced technologies. Its SYNC 3 entertainment and communication system matches with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SYNC 3 also comes with a 6.5-inch color touchscreen (optionally 8-inch touchscreen). The 4.2-inch color screen compliments the Bluetooth connectivity with two USB ports. The new sound system is known as the B&O PLAY gives an exciting audio experience with its ten speakers with a boot-mounted subwoofer.
2018 Ford EcoSport ST-Line Exterior
The 2018 EcoSport ST-Line exterior styling offers more customization options which include upper door frames and door mirrors. It also comes with rain-sensing wipers and also automatic headlights. The rain sensing wipers provide the driver with a proper focus on the road while the Electronic Automatic Temperature Control enhances comfort. This vehicle is even more secure as it is secured with quality perimeter alarm to maximize its security features.
The ST-Line has Intelligent All Wheel Drive that measures how the vehicle’s wheels are gripping the surface of the road. The new Eco-Sport comes with exotic ST-Line features including; 17-inch Dark Tarnish blend wheels, skirts and sporty bumpers having black accents. This alloy wheels with 17- and 18-inch design complement the sporty look, and come in a variety touches that include colors like Shadow Silver, High Gloss Black, Magnetic Low Gloss, and Flash Grey.
The bonnet with a central bump offers a sporty front-end look. The front-end style is influenced by a large grille design and stylish angular headlights with a lighting system of High-Intensity Discharge which compliment the stylish LED daytime running lights.
Ford’s BSIS technology alerts the driver on approaching oncoming vehicles and also has quality Roll Stability Control which modifies engine torque. Its powerful engine is made to produce a greater power for a better performance.
The new 2018 EcoSport ST-Line gets latest Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive technology for improved traction on and off-road, with a stronger and fuel-efficient 1.5-litre EcoBlue engine that delivers up to 123 ponies and optimised CO2 emissions. The diesel engine is fitted with a manual transmission system that measures up to 6 speed. Fuel consumption is a winner, only 4.5 l/100 km or 52 mpg.
The second engine will be 1.5-litre TDCi, also the diesel engine, but with 102 horsepower. Transmission is the six-speed manual. And the last one is old/new petrol Ecobust 1.0 engine with couple power options, 142 hp, 127 hp and 102 hp. The transmission has two options, six-speed manual, and six-speed automatic gearbox.
Innovative technologies in the refined four-cylinder engine includes:
An intelligently integrated intake manifold which improves engine breathing.
A top-notch fuel injection system which is responsive, calmer and provides fuel delivery
Low interior turbocharging for a quicker turbo response.
The new 2018 Ford EcoSport ST-Line is definitely a car worth checking out. Although there have been many technical aspects to expect, one can only hope for a much more advanced ST-Line that offers class and comfort. Ford seems to focus more on driver-assistance technology and offer user-friendly controls but this has to be effective in its production stage. The exciting lighting system that features angular headlights incorporate trendy LED daytime lights makes it remarkable for classy sporty vehicles. Well, we hope Ford achieves the better part of this when trying to better the ST-Line.
Price and Release date
The car was unveiled in Frankfurt, but the release date for the public will be at the end of this year (most likely) or the start of next year. Price should start from $19.000, a bit more than standard EcoSport. In the Europe and India it will vary in prices.
2018 Ford EcoSport ST-Line photos