The founder of the compact SUV segment has finally gotten an update and this one has been due for a while now. Yes, it is the Ford EcoSport and this updated model will be launched in India on 9 November. We have already driven the car and you can find the link to our first drive review here or by locating it in the reviews section of our mobile app.
The EcoSport in its current avatar had been receiving updates constantly to keep pace with the competition, but had gotten a bit long in the tooth as the competition eventually caught up and then moved ahead too.
To see how the new EcoSport fares against its two main rivals- the Honda WR-V and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, here is our three-way spec comparison.
Three approaches to same concept- a simple way to sum up what we are looking at when we compare these three cars. The Vitara Brezza is the traditional SUV design with the square stance and boxy lines. The EcoSport is muscular in that American SUV way while the WR-V has gone down the crossover road and is defined by its lower stance and curvy lines.
Their signature elements are all the same- the grille, head lamps as well tail lamps. In the Vitara Brezza, its square and heavy shapes all around while in the EcoSport, with this new design, the large grille has got a bit smaller but still stands prominent. The curvy lines of the WR-V are typical of the Honda design language and give the crossover a unique look among the three.
Like the exterior, here too you can see three very different approaches to the concept of the cabin design. In the Brezza, Maruti Suzuki has decided to play it safe with the design. You get all the segment standard features but laid out in an uncluttered, simple and stacked manner.
The WR-V gets a driver oriented centre console with stuff like touchscreen infotainment system, climate control and height adjustment for the driver’s seat. What’s more, you also get chrome inserts for the dashboard adding to the premium look.
The EcoSport has a similar colour scheme and feature list as compared to the WR-V, but gets a floating display for the infotainment system as well as a revised instrument cluster. Both these have definitely added to the improved look of the cabin as compared to the outgoing model.
The Ford EcoSport is now the newest player on the block. Its petrol engine is a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder mill producing 123bhp/150Nm while the diesel too is a 1.5-litre producing 99bhp/205Nm. Both engines get a five-speed manual while the petrol can also be had with a six-speed AT. If you are a turbocharging fan, then you can also have the 1.0-litre EcoBoost motor that produces 124bhp/170Nm, but it is only available in the Titanium variants.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is offered only with the 1.3-litre diesel Multijet motor that produces 90bhp/190Nm. The only gearbox on offer is a five-speed manual. However, an AMT option is available in the Indonesian market.
The Honda WR-V can be had with the 100bhp/200Nm 1.5-litre engine or with the 1.2-litre 89bhp/114Nm petrol engine. The diesel is offered with a six-speed MT while the petrol can be had with a five-speed MT or a CVT.
The EcoSport has now got in its arsenal, whatever is required to take on the Brezza and WR-V. However, its task is quite a big one as both cars have firmly established themselves in the compact SUV segment. We believe that Ford will price the new EcoSport just marginally higher than the outgoing model.