Ford previously announced that a lineup of four crossovers would be announced for the Chinese market for the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. We predicted they would be the global EcoSport B-class crossover, Kuga, Edge and Explorer. Turns out we were right on target, with those four models being officially announced for China today. Much like U.S. car buyers, Chinese consumers have shown a fondness for sport-utility vehicles, buying 1.59 million of them sold in 2011, representing a 20 percent increase from the previous year.
The sole engine offering announced for the Chinese-market Explorer is Ford’s bread-and-butter 3.5-liter V-6, which will also be used in the Chinese-market Edge crossover. The Ford Kuga (sold in the U.S. as the 2013 Ford Escape) will be offered with the 1.6 and 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engines.
First introduced at the 2012 Auto Expo India show in Delhi in January, the Ford EcoSport is targeted for more than 100 worldwide markets, and will be built at three factories in Brazil, India and Thailand. The five-passenger EcoSport crossover features dual front and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, hill launch control, stability control, and rear parking sensors.
The Chinese-market EcoSport, like models sold in other markets, will employ Ford’s new 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, producing 118 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque.
The Titanium trim level of the Ford EcoSport was showcased in Beijing, featuring 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, Sync with voice control, smart keyless entry, pushbutton start, and a cooled glovebox bin.