The Ford EcoSport 1.5L Titanium is hands down, the most popular compact crossover in the market today. With its diminutive size and ample power, the Ecosport has been a favorite of most urban dwellers that need a vehicle with all these qualities, with a competitive price. Ford Philippines has scored again.

The new Ford Ecosport 1.5L Titanium is now much improved, compared to it predecessor. It now has a two new engine variants (1.0 Litre EcoBoost and the 1.5 Litre 3 cylinder), and a much reliable automatic transmission. Let’s take a look.

INTERIOR

The first thing that catches your attention is the sleek leather wrapped steering wheel. The different texture combination of the leather is satisfying to look at, and the radio and cruise control buttons don’t hurt either. The seats are sized just right, a 6-footer seated at the back won’t feel claustrophobic. All seats are stitched with a comfortable fabric, and are quite firm, thank you. The entertainment system is now with SYNC 3 connectivity, which has Applink and voice control. 7 speakers are all around, giving crisp bass. Cup holders and storage spaces are allotted generously.

Oh I almost forgot – there is a power sunroof!

EXTERIOR

Nothing much changed from the previous model. The basic shape is still the same, with the ubiquitous spare at the back.(I hope the next model removes the spare tire from the gate) The fascia however, sports a new, bolder grille, reshaped headlights and new driving lights. The rims have a new design that complements the whole package.

ENGINE

The EcoSport Titanium we tested had the new 1.5 liter, 3-Cylinder powerplant. Although one piston less than the previous model, it now packs more power at 123 ps –more than enough to propel this pint sized crossover to a respectable cruise speed.

A 6-speed transmission replaces the trouble-prone dual clutch tranny. It actually is a better transmission for the engine;smooth shifting, no jerking and no hesitation. It transmits power when you need it.

The overall size makes it ideal for all-weather travel. Wider doors makes easy ingress and egress, as with the more-than-adequate floor clearance, that’s also an advantage when traversing flooded areas.

Price as Tested: PhP1,098,000

Perfect for Biking adventures. A Brompton Folding bicycle fits quite nicely at the cargo hold. (Brompton Folding Bike courtesy of Jessie Tiangco and CS168)

Fashion Challenge in Taytay

We were given a chance to test the EcoSport’s mettle when we joined the Ford 13th Fashion Challenge in Taytay, Rizal. With participants driving the new EcoSport, we took the long way from BGC to Taytay proper, driving through different road conditions, passing by the edge of Taytay, which was along the shore of Laguna Lake. Despite the different road conditions, we still felt like champions as the ride was very comfortable, and going thru traffic was easier. Indeed, it’s more fun in an EcoSport.

Some of the wares displayed. (Image: Taytay Tiangge Facebook)

Unbelievable bargains can be found at the Taytay Tiangge. Prices so low that you won’t believe it! Tiangge is open everyday form 5am-5pm, with BAGPI on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3am to 11am.

Text/Images by Earl Manalansan

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