Much as we expected, Ford announced that its global quartet of crossover models will be sold in the Chinese market at the 2012 Beijing auto show. The subcompact Fiesta-based EcoSport, along with the Kuga (sold in the U.S. as the Escape), Edge, and Explorer will all be sold in China.
These new models are part of Ford's effort to bring 15 global models to China by mid-decade. Sport-utilities have proven just as popular in China as they have in the U.S., with 1.59 million of them being sold in 2011, an increase of 20 percent over the previous year.
The Chinese-spec Explorer will get Ford's bread-and-butter 3.5-liter V-6, which will also be used in the Chinese-market Edge. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder wasn't specifically announced for those two models, but the compact Kuga will be offered with the 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engines.
Introduced at the 2012 Auto Expo India show in Delhi in January, the EcoSport will be sold in more than 100 worldwide markets and sourced from three plants worldwide in Brazil, India, and Thailand. The five-passenger EcoSport 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.
Ford showcased the EcoSport Titanium trim in Beijing, which features 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, Sync with voice control, smart keyless entry, pushbutton start, and a cooled glovebox bin.