The Ford EcoSport has always been one of the highest selling Ford cars in India since its introduction back in 2014. It ignited the sub-four meter compact SUV rage in the country. The segment has now turned out to be the highest growing segment in the Indian car market.
After much anticipation, Ford India has finally launched the new and updated EcoSport in the country. The compact crossover is now fresh in appearance and packs in modern equipment under the skin. Let’s have a closer look at the new EcoSport through our picture gallery.
Up front, the redesigned fascia of the new EcoSport takes its cues from the 2017 Ford Escape. There is the imposing Ford’s hexagonal grille with a dash of chrome flanked by sharper projector headlamps with LED DRLs.
The fog lamps are now larger and triangular in shape. A faux skid plate has also been added as a part of the update along with subtle creases on the hood. The car now sits on 17-inch alloy wheels.
The facelifted EcoSport retains the character side profile of the compact crossover. There is a silver-finished skid plate on the rear bumper and the roof rails at the top to add to the SUV-ish character.
The American compact crossover measures 3998x1765x1647mm with a wheelbase of 2519mm. The boot space is 352 litres which can be expanded up to 1178 litres.
On the inside, the biggest upgrade is in the form of the new infotainment system that is vertically stacked atop the dashboard. The eight-inch screen comes with Ford SYNC3 system along with smartphone connectivity.
The steering wheel is all-new as well while the entire cabin is noticeably fresh after the update. The instrument cluster is simpler compared to the outgoing model. The entire dashboard is redesigned to lend the car some fresh air.
The new EcoSport will be powered by 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. The petrol is a newly developed three-cylinder Dragon engine with 123bhp and 150Nm of torque. It comes with an option of a six-speed automatic transmission.
The oil burner, on the other hand, is the same four-cylinder turbodiesel which develops 99bhp and 205Nm. The transmission is a five-speed manual as standard. There is no word on the Ecoboost engine as yet.
The new EcoSport continues its competition against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Mahindra TUV300 and the Tata Nexon. However, the EcoSport is the only compact crossover with a petrol automatic option.