The American multinational car company, Ford brought forward its EcoSport model in 2004 and since then there have been many generations of the car that have been launched all over the world including India. The facelift variant is set to be launched in 2017 and the test mules of the car have been spied upon and spotted on multiple occasions. This compact SUV has many inclusions like a new and more robust diesel powertrain apart from the petrol variant.
The Ford Ecosport is based on the Kinetic Design theme. There are many exterior features that grab the eye including the sleek front grille with the hexagonal lower grille and chrome outlines, stylish revamped head lights with LED daytime running lights, rain sensing wipers, reworked skid plates and the new 17 inch alloy wheels. Rear comes with a mounted spare wheel, chrome swing gate door handle, wrap around tail lamps, integrated spoiler and black cladding. Side profile is equally stylish as its front fascia. Turn indicators are integrated on the power adjusting and power folding ORVMs. Silver roof rails at the top, a sharp line running from A pillar to C pillar and black body cladding in between the wheels further pitch in the sporty flair of the SUV.
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The all-new interiors of the Ecosport makes it look trendy. The interior is black and grey which looks premium along with blue backlight buttons on the centre console for ambient lighting. Comfort is also a top priority for the car maker and have provided with decent thigh support, reclining rear seats, foot rest, height adjustable driver seats for lumbar support and arm rests for drivers. Use of leather is visible on steering wheel, hand brake and MT gear shifter knob. Seats are covered with fabric upholstery save for the range topping variant that gets leather covers. Chrome embellishment is also exclusive to the top-spec variant giving a miss to the rest of the trims. The Ford Ecosport has reverse parking sensors, FM/AM Radio, Aux-In and USB port and Bluetooth, cooled glove box, three-spoke Ford steering wheel with controls for music system and telephone, one-touch up & down function on driver side window, push start button, climate control air-conditioner and front and rear disc brakes. When it comes to safety there are the 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control and even ESP on the petrol automatic variant. It also comes with ISOFIX mounts for child seats in the back.
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The EcoSport facelift will be powered by the new Dragon series petrol engine. The EcoSport comes with three engine options – the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, the 1.5-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel. The EcoSport will be powered by a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder unit and could possibly replace the current 4-pot, 1.5-litre TiVCT. The performance figures will likely be retained at 90PS and it is expected that the fuel efficiency will be enhanced.
The price of the Ford EcoSport facelift variant has not been revealed it but it is expected that the price will linger around the same margin as the existing EcoSport variants, which is about Rs 7.10 lakh to Rs 10.71 lakh.