Re: 2018 Ford EcoSport EPA Fuel Economy
The 1.0L Fox engine is highly engineered and certainly impressive for its output capacity, small size weight, but it rarely shines much in terms of efficiency. An upgrade that improves all the above has been in the works since launch of current generation Fox, through friction reduction, better turbo and cam sizing. But it seems to be especially challenged in a tallish CUV. Frontal area drag impacts hwy fuel quite a bit, as we see. Not really a show stopper for many who will probably bias toward city use. Besides, this segment is more about cute and value than most segments, and it brings that in spades. But, you know how it goes at Ford, launch with older engines and then upgrade quickly after. The all new larger 1.5L I3 is a certainty to make it into the EcoSport, probably a year after launch, along with new transmissions.
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