We have seen the all-new Ford EcoSport in all its glory. What we haven’t seen much of, though, is the ST-Line variant of the popular crossover. As Ford enthusiasts may have guessed by now, the ST-Line is the sportier version of the standard EcoSport. Here’s what it offers over the regular model.
For the first time, the EcoSport line-up has received the ST-Line variant. In Europe, this new variant joins the Edge ST-Line, Fiesta ST-Line, Focus ST-Line and the S-MAX ST-Line.
Like all the above models, the EcoSport ST-Line gets a more aggressive design and sportier driving dynamics. It comes with EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engine options.
On the outside, you will find Ford Performance-inspired bumpers and side skirts, black-finish roof rails and headlight bezels. There are also 17-inch alloy wheels and, painted roof and door mirrors.
Inside, the cabin offers leather-trimmed flat-bottomed steering wheel and unique part-leather seats featuring ecological suede made from recycled polyester and red stitching.
Other differentiating interior bits include leather handbrake lever and gear knob; ST-Line branded scuff plates and stainless steel sports pedals.
Mechanically, there are some changes and new additions. The EcoSport now even gets the all-wheel drive and a new 125bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine. The latter will be available next year.
At present, a familiar 100bhp 1.5-litre TDCI unit performs duty in the new EcoSport range. It is combined with a front-wheel drive and a new six-speed manual gearbox.
Also on offer is the popular 1-litre EcoBoost petrol in 140bhp, 125bhp and from mid-2018, 100bhp power outputs with a 6-speed auto and manual gearbox options.
The new EcoSport’s ride and handling have been tuned specifically for European driving conditions, with optimised springs, dampers, ESP settings and steering assistance.
The new EcoSport range for Europe will be built at Ford's manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania. It will go on sale later this year and compete against cars like the Dacia Duster and Suzuki S-Cross.