Launched back in 2013, the Ford Ecosport has been one of those SUVs to kickstart the sub 4m compact SUV in the country. Although the SUV hasn’t received a major generation update since its launch, it continues to be the best seller for Ford in India. The Ecosport has also been consistent among the exported cars from India and it is sent to international markets like North America and Argentina.
To keep the car in the evolving market the company has given it few facelifts over the years at regular intervals. Ford has given the SUV another facelift and the car has been spotted testing in heavy camouflage. Let’s find out what changes Ford has made this time.
On the outside, it is clear that the SUV gets a mild refresh in order to keep up with the competition. The major changes are seen on the front, especially the nose and bumper. The bumper looks more muscular with its redesigned fog lamp housing, which gets a triangular housing and inverted ‘ L ’ shaped DRL’s. The DRL’s seems to perform a dual function because it also acts as turn indicators. But for the lower trims, we expect the turn indicators to be equipped with the headlights as usual.
We don’t see any major changes in the side profile except for the newly designed all-black twin 5-spoke alloy wheels. There are no changes to the rear profile of the car, but it comes in two variants. One with the spare wheel mounted on the tailgate with cover and the other variant without the wheel.
We don’t have the details on the interior of the car, but we expect the company to carry on with the current set of features with few minor additions and newer textures. The current model receives a SYNC 3 infotainment system with voice recognition, depending on the variant an 8-inch or 9-inch touchscreen unit, remote start/stop, vehicle locator, tyre pressure, oil life, vehicle health alerts and more.
Engine and transmission for the new Ford Ecosport
The Ecosport will not have any mechanical updates according to some reports and it will continue with the existing set of motors. The 1.5L 3-cylinder petrol engine making 120bhp and 150 Nm of torque and the 1.5L TDCi diesel engine making 100bhp and 215 nm of torque. Both engines get a standard 5-speed manual transmission but there is a 6-speed automatic transmission only for the petrol motor.
The updated Ford Ecosport is expected to come out by the end of this year. The price for the SUV is still not out, but we can expect it to be under a similar price range to the existing model. In our market, the Ecosport is placed against some of the popular compact SUVs like the Kia Sonet, Nissan Kicks, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Renault Kiger and Mahindra XUV300.
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