Latest On Ford EcoSport
Ford has launched the EcoSport Facelift. The prices are unchanged. It still starts from Rs 7.31 lakh for the base Petrol Ambiente MT variant and goes up to 10.99 lakh for the top end Titanium+ AT Petrol variant. The updated EcoSport now comes with a host of new features and a new engine
The Ford EcoSport gets a much-needed facelift after a period of over four years; it is available in a total of 10 variants. Engine options include a new 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder petrol developing 123PS of maximum power and 150Nm of peak torque. This engine has an ARAI-certified mileage of 17kmpl when paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and 14.8kmpl when paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the pre-facelift model, the Ford EcoSport facelift is not offered with a turbocharged 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine or a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The other engine available with the facelift is the same 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor developing 100PS of maximum power and 205Nm of peak torque. This, when paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 23kmpl.
Highlight features on the new Ford EcoSport facelift include projector headlamps with LED DRLs, a wholly new front end design, larger 17-inch alloy wheels on the outside. Inside, the changes are much more substantial with a completely new dashboard design; a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford’s latest Sync 3.0 connectivity suite sits in the middle, the steering wheel is larger and has more buttons for various function, the instrument cluster is now easier to read and the seats get new leather seat upholstery.
Safety features include ABS+EBD, 6 airbags, engine immobiliser, door unlock on crash, rear parking sensors and camera among others.
Key rivals that the Ford EcoSport will take on include the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Tata Nexon and the Honda WR-V.
Ford EcoSport Variants
Ford EcoSport Highlights
Launched in the price range of Rs 7.31 – 10.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 2017 Ford EcoSport comes with stylish exteriors, premium interiors, and a new 3-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol engine mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.5-liter diesel motor has been carried over and claimed mileage figures for petrol manual, petrol automatic, and diesel manual are 17 kmpl, 14.8 kmpl, and 23 kmpl respectively. New EcoSport is available in total of 5 variants and the top of the line Titanium + trim comes loaded with features like six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS with EBD, traction control, large touchscreen infotainment system, projector headlamps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, brake assist, and tyre pressure monitoring system. Ford Ecosport comes with the boot capacity of 352-litre and features 200 mm of ground clearance. In Indian market, 2017 EcoSport is up against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon among others.
Ford EcoSport Exterior and Interior
The refreshed EcoSport sports a familiar design. The updated face is a lot more aggressive compared to the outgoing one, but there’s no mistaking this compact SUV for anything else. The top-spec Titanium and Titanium+ variants get halogen projector headlamps and daytime running lamps, that adds a premium touch. Rounding things off is the new grille and bumper combination that imparts some more muscle to the baby Ford. The side and the rear remain practically unchanged, save for a new set of alloy wheels (17-inch for the Titanium+ and 16-inch for the Titanium) and a mildly retouched rear bumper.
It’s on the inside where Ford has really worked on. As years passed by, the EcoSport’s dash appeared cluttered and messy. Well, that’s not a problem anymore as the new layout is a lot simpler. The top-spec Titanium+ variant gets a large 8.0-inch touchscreen that features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Ford’s SYNC3 tech. The base-spec Ambiente trim will feature a conventional audio system and Ford’s phone dock, where as mid-spec variants will get a 6.5-inch touchscreen unit. Other updates include a new steering wheel, instrument cluster, a tyre pressure monitoring system and a front armrest. On the features front, the top-spec version gets automatic headlamps, automatic climate control, cruise control with limiter and six airbags.
Ford EcoSport Specifications
The new EcoSport can be had with either a 1.5-litre petrol, or a 1.5-litre Diesel engine. The three-cylinder petrol engine makes 123PS and 150Nm, whereas the four-cylinder diesel is good for 100PS and 205Nm. Both engines are paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Additionally, the petrol version can be had with a 6-speed torque converter automatic. ARAI-certified mileage stands at 16.98kmpl (petrol-MT), 14.77kmpl (petrol-AT) and 22.89kmpl (diesel-MT) respectively.
Ford EcoSport Variants
Ford’s compact SUV will be available in a total of five variants viz. Ambiente, Trend, Trend+, Titanium and Titanium+. While a manual transmission is available in all variants, the automatic will be available in the mid-spec Trend+ and the top-spec Titanium+ variants only.