Ford EcoSport Variants
Ford EcoSport • Price, Variants & Specifications
Sub-compact SUV segment was discovered by Ford and who ever thought that Ecosport will soon turn out to be a runaway success to the point of some variants having months of waiting period. The stiffening competition
started with other companies soon realising the potential of the segment and quickly launching new products. It didn't take much time for the Ford EcoSport to loose its bite as competitors came up with new and improved features. The EcoSport
itself got some minor updates but they weren't enough to arrest its declining market share.
Finally, the new Ford EcoSport facelift is launched in India after making us wait a long long time. After breaking cover globally at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the car made its India spec debut in a unique
unboxing event and while it is based on the same platform as the older model, it does have design and critical mechanical changes too.
The Ford EcoSport 2017 is built to be muscular in appearance and gets all the essentials which make it competitive despite the continuous rise in the number of
cars being launched in the segment. The salient traits of the SUV crossover lie in its physical and the EcoBoost engine, which take it into the league of full-sized 5 seater SUV's.
Considering the domestic market, the Ford EcoSport price has been very competitive since it was launched for the first time. It is available with both the fuel
options - petrol and diesel.
The Ford EcoSport facelift is more than just a customary update. The front fascia features a single unit of a big hexagonal grille that is flanked with horizontal slats and the Ford logo band in the center. The settings in the section are given a generous quantity of chrome embellishment. Among the changes, the new EcoSport gets projector headlamps with DRLs and fog lamps, thereby, completing the front face. The car rides on 17-inch alloy wheels for the top models while the lower ones get 15-inch units.
The moment you enter the Ford EcoSport, you will notice that the cabin is quite attractive. There is a big 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system that is from Ford’s latest SYNC 3 system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are featured in the system. However, the lower variants get a 6.5-inch unit. Ford has worked on the interior to make the design distinctly different and you will feel the same the moment you are greeted by a wholly-different front dash.
Based on feedback from Indian consumers, the seats in the new Ford EcoSport have been redesigned and are now wider and have better cushioning. The dashboard itself is new and looks more modern than the older model's and is well-built too. All controls are placed within easy reach of the driver and the screen itself is quite close to the steering, making it easy to use all controls.
There are enough storage compartments inside the cabin to store objects such as smartphones, wallet, coins and other small items. Like the front seats, the rear seat too has improved cushioning and offers good under thigh and back support. The backrest incline angle too is nice and will keep occupants comfortable provided there are limited to a count of two. The fact that the legroom too is less than the key competitors makes it hard for a third passenger to squeeze in. The front centre armrest too east into rear legroom for the middle passenger and hence taller occupants might have issues with legroom but headroom being better should be less of an issue.
The boot volume has now been increased by 30 litres and with the foldable rear seats, total volume can be increased to 1,178 litres. There's also a smart removable base lid, which can be slightly raised to create a cavity that can be used to store precious belongings such as laptops or tablets away from unwanted eyes.
Overall, the interior has been given an impressive upgrade as not only have the surroundings become more comfortable but the tech too has got smarter. Storage spaces too have been well-designed and the only thing that does fall behind the competition is rear space, which will be bothersome only to tall occupants. I'm 172 cm tall for reference and did not run out of legroom despite having the driver's seat adjusted to my height.
Engine and Transmission
With the launch of the Ford EcoSport facelift, the company has removed the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which was the most powerful engine. Moreover, the 1.5-litre petrol engine has been replaced with a better 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated engine, which produces more power than the previous generation model. It now makes a good power of 21 bhp at 6,500 revs per minute against a decent torque of 150 Nm at 4,500 revs per minute.
The Ford EcoSport diesel variant produces a lesser power of 99 bhp at 3,750 revs per minute but a better torque of 205 Nm at 1,750 revs per minute. The power is sent down to the front wheels via a 5-speed gearbox unit as standard. However, the top-end petrol trims get an optional 6-speed automatic as well.
Performance and Handling
Although the company has discontinued the most powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine from its line-up, there hasn’t been much of a difference in the power production as the new 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine produces a similar 121 bhp of power. Lack of power has never been a concern and the Ford EcoSport review is just the perfect evidence.
On the other hand, the diesel trim of the car is frugal too and is very efficient on the pocket. As for the handling, the Ford EcoSport interior is designed to offer utmost convenience while on the ride.
Braking and Safety
Ford offers two safety airbags for the driver and front passenger and ABS with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) as standard across all the variants. Other standard features include a seat belt warning system and child seat anchor point. The fully-loaded Titanium Plus gets six airbags, Brake Assist, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), Hill Hold Control and Traction Control System. It even gets rear parking sensors and a camera.
Considering the specifications of Ford EcoSport, the car is extremely fuel efficient. The naturally-aspirated petrol engine, despite making 121 bhp power, returns with an ARAI-certified mileage of 17 kmpl for the manual trim and almost 15 kmpl for the automatic. The 1.5-litre diesel motor is ever-so-efficient and offers close to 23 kmpl. Ford EcoSport mileage is phenomenal for a crossover with so much power.
With an eye on the present condition of the Indian automobile market, the Ford EcoSport belong to a very competitive segment and goes up against the likes of the Mahindra TUV300, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. It even competes with SUVs like the Renault Duster and turns out to be the most powerful car among all its competitors.
Since a long time, the company has been trying to revamp the sub-compact Ecosport and recapture its numero-uno poistion. And what a way to do that, in STYLE! The company has done a really good job at producing the perfect package in the subcompact SUV segment. The limited number of flaws from the previous generation has been rectified with the addition of a high-tech interior.
The Ford EcoSport on-road price is one of the best in the segment, even lesser than the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Keeping the price competitive has been one of the key features behind the immense success.
Now, the competition is on and Ford has a winner in the new reliable Ecosport.
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