Ford has disclosed details regarding the facelifted EcoSport, which is due to launch in India on November 9, 2017. the company will start accepting bookings from November 5, 2017. The refreshed compact SUV, which is credited with kick-starting the compact SUV segment, gets a raft of cosmetic changes to the exteriors and interiors, and features a new 123hp, 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol motor from Ford’s new Dragon series of engines.
The previously offered 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine will continue with the five-speed manual gearbox. The new petrol engine will also be mated to a five-speed manual, but will also get an optional six-speed automatic transmission. At present, there is no word on the 1.0-litre Ecoboost turbo-petrol being available with the facelift model.
Ford claims that localisation of the EcoSport has gone up from about 65 percent to 80 percent, while also claiming best-in-class ownership costs with spare parts that are up to 40 percent less costly than its rivals.
The facelift model’s styling, particularly the grille, is in line with new Fords, and it now features projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, new 17-inch alloy wheels and new exterior colour options like blue and red. The top-spec Titanium S trim gets blacked-out headlamp bezels, fog lamp bezels, alloy wheels and the grille.
We shall have to wait until November 9 for the prices but expect a marginal premium over the current model that starts at Rs 7.21 lakh and goes up to Rs 10.92 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It remains to be seen if the facelift with the new engine will help the EcoSport retake its crown in the competitive compact SUV segment with cars like the Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
The facelifted EcoSport offers features such as cruise control, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, 6 airbags, paddle shifters, hill hold assist and ESP (on the automatic variants), SYNC3 infotainment touchscreen console with voice commands, Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto, reverse parking camera and 17 inch alloy wheels on the top-end Titanium+ variant. The compact SUV will also be available with a sporty S variant after a few months. For now, the variants offered by Ford on the facelifted model are – Ambiente, Trend, Trend+, Titanium, and Titanium+.