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Ford crosses over with EcoSport
Ford crosses over with EcoSport

The production version of Ford's ultra-compact, Fiesta-based EcoSport crossover, styled in part by Ford Australia, was unveiled at the Beijing motor show last week.

The new model, which is expected to be priced at about $25,000, will be launched in Australia in the first half of 2013.

It will become the third model in Ford's new-look SUV range, joining the sales-leading Territory and the just-released, European- styled Kuga.

It will also be the first car Ford Australia will offer with the company's new 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine.

This powerplant is already available in the Focus in Europe and will be added to the Fiesta line-up when the facelifted version goes on sale later this year.

But Ford Australia has opted not to make either of them available here, preferring to stick with the fuel-efficient four- cylinder engines already available.

The 1.0-litre EcoSport engine will generate about 90kW and 170 Newton metres of torque, with fuel consumption close to 5.0L/100km. It will come mated to a five-speed manual or six-

speed dual-clutch auto transmission.

Both front and all-wheel-drive versions are expected, as well as four-cylinder petrol and turbo-diesel engines.

Equipment levels have not yet been confirmed, though Ford has revealed that the range-topping Titanium model will be fitted with 16-inch alloys and come with such features as keyless entry and push-button start, cooled glovebox and voice-activated media.

All EcoSport models will be fitted with dual front and side-curtain airbags and stability control, and Ford says it will be offered with driver-assistance items such as hill-hold and rear parking sensors.

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