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Since i'm from the U.S. here's a look at the EcoSport we're getting. Don't know the differences going on between all the markets getting the ES but visuals are always a good start:






 

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That interior is surprisingly nice for what it is. I like the orange accenting and the offset stripes on the seats. Are those two usb ports at the bottom of the console ?
 

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The do look like two USB ports with led lights. I don't see heated seat buttons, does the EcoSport not come with heated seat option?
 

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Confirmed they definitely are USB ports but I do not see any heated seat buttons when I was watching the walkthrough video
 

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It has heated front seats as well as heated front mirrors and a heated windscreen last I checked.

A heated steering wheel would be great but I don't see anything listed for that.
 

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What's great is the old school parking brake. These days they're all electronic, but I like the feel of lifting or lowering that lever.
 

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Oh man how I love the old school parking brake levers. Other than the great feel of it over the electronic parking brake, self servicing the rear brakes is again possible. When the vehicle uses the electronic parking brake, you need to use one of the more expensive scanners to retract the parking brake piston before taking apart the rear brakes otherwise you'll seriously screw them up.
 

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I'm sure electronic parking brakes are just as good, but I like the feeling of security with mechanical parking brakes. I wouldn't self service the brakes, but it's an easier job for mechanics to do it and it'll take less time.
 

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They are good and they have to be, you can see it as beta testing for the real end game which is mass self driving cars, so the more they do little things like this the more it serves them in that grander scheme.
 

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I wouldn't say that they are any less "good" than the conventional parking brake system for sure. They serve their purpose and work effectively. But all of these little tech innovations all do play towards the grand scheme of autonomous driving. From the simpler things like electronic parking brakes, the change from standard PRNDL gear shift levers to electronic gear changes, to lane keep assists and ICC. When you start putting them all together, you get a serious piece of technology.
 

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Some things will be slowly phased out en masse and the manual parking brake is one of them. This could be the last time the EcoSport gets it. I really don't care either way so long as the there's a reminder light to let me know if the parking brake is still on.

i'm probably nit picking, but I don't like how the doors' interior is designed with the three layers separating the main door, handle, and arm rest.
 

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I wouldn't say that they are any less "good" than the conventional parking brake system for sure. They serve their purpose and work effectively. But all of these little tech innovations all do play towards the grand scheme of autonomous driving. From the simpler things like electronic parking brakes, the change from standard PRNDL gear shift levers to electronic gear changes, to lane keep assists and ICC. When you start putting them all together, you get a serious piece of technology.
At the same time the vulnerability for things to go wrong which during early stages like this are high on my radar, hence why I don't like the idea of being first in line to get one, instead i'll be sitting on the sidelines waiting to see how it plays out for 3-6 months after launch.

Not being in a rush to buyer a vehicle is key, those few months more you wait can make the next 3,4,5,6, etc years of ownership that much better.
 

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At the same time the vulnerability for things to go wrong which during early stages like this are high on my radar, hence why I don't like the idea of being first in line to get one, instead i'll be sitting on the sidelines waiting to see how it plays out for 3-6 months after launch.

Not being in a rush to buyer a vehicle is key, those few months more you wait can make the next 3,4,5,6, etc years of ownership that much better.
That has definitely been proven time and time again. It's something to be known at this point. A lot of people have this thing about being the first in line like they've accomplished something. Then they have to deal with all of the initial bugs and kinks that need to be ironed out and get upset about it.

When your patient and you wait, the TSBs come out and you know things have been taken care of before picking it up. Not to say that you won't encounter issues, but you'll definitely encounter less.
 

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However, what does help is the fact that this isn't a completely new product, it is being sold elsewhere and the US market getting it is just the result of positive sales elsewhere.

With CUV's, SUV's, Crossovers, etc. car makers proving themselves in markets outside of the US and then dipping into the US is how the game is played.
 

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Since it's be tried and true elsewhere, then there shouldn't be that many problems for the first NA buyers. Everything should have been ironed out by now and the production process streamlined.

Nut I'd still wait a while for better deals later on.
 

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Unless they mess something up with the tuning since its little things like that they change from market to market for whatever influences are around, MPG, power, you name it.

But the main take away is that we're better off than buyers getting into a product thats entirely new, never stepped foot anywhere and has no track record.
 

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That is true.

If it is the case of a tuning error, at least we know it'll just be an ecu update to be done opposed to something major component wise that'll give a lot of down time and product back order.
 

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Exactly, I just hope it won't cause problem so bad it might throw us some dash lights and even shut the vehicle off due to how messed up things can get but so far Ford has a good track record. Still, i'll be waiting to see how these are in the hand of owners for the first 6 months, then deciding what I should do. If it's bad i'll get a Fit.
 

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That's always the best way to play it. After the 6 month period, majority of the issues and complaints should come out and you'll be able to judge based off of that and how Ford is dealing with them (if there are any issues). Thankfully once more owners begin popping up here, we'll be able to see a pattern in consistent issues versus a few of the uncommon ones.
 

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At least the new EcoSport is unlikely to require a recall for mechanical problems as there hasn't been one since last May. electronic problems are not as bad and takes less time to fix.
 
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