2018 Ford EcoSport at a car show

Ford EcoSport Adjustable Cargo Shelf Inspired by Bees

American drivers carry a lot of stuff in their cars, from dirty soccer balls, to fragile flowers, to heavy-duty strollers. We need a cargo space that is versatile and can handle everything we throw at it. The all-new 2018 Ford EcoSport comes with a unique cargo feature that was inspired by honeybees.

EcoSport Adjustable Cargo Shelf as part of the 208 Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport

The EcoSport Adjustable Cargo Shelf uses a honeycomb design to create a thin, lightweight shelf that can support nearly 700 pounds, despite weighing only six pounds itself. Additionally, the honeycomb inner structure is made using 100% recycled paper. This means eco-conscience drivers can still keep their impact small even while getting a great vehicle.


“The hexagonal design of honeycomb is a testament to nature’s ingenuity,” says Mike Mazzella, Ford EcoSport assistant chief engineer. “Not only is it strong, it’s superlight. Customers can slide the shelf into multiple different slots like an oven rack; even store it on the back of the seats. It helps make EcoSport super-flexible in everyday use.”


Watch this short video to see the shelf in action:


The shelf can be used in four positions:

  • The lowest position provides maximum storage capacity.
  • The middle position lets drivers hide away items they don’t want to be seen.
  • The high position lines up the shelf with the fold-flat second-row seats.
  • The shelf can be removed and stored vertically behind the second-row seats.


Here at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln, we can’t wait to see what else the 2018 Ford EcoSport has to offer.

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