Ford’s most popular compact SUV – EcoSport – has finally received its first mid-life facelift in India. With minor cosmetic upgrades and a new petrol engine, the new EcoSport will take on Tata’s all-new Nexon. It will also continue to compete against the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V and Mahindra TUV300.
On the exterior, the car receives subtle updates including new headlamps with LED DRLs, a bigger upper trapezoidal grille and lower grille, sculpted hood, bold fog lamps and a wider central dome. The top-end Titanium trim is exclusively offered with larger 17-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the new Ford EcoSport gets Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system at the centre with a high-resolution, 8-inch floating touchscreen. This system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration compatibility. The car also comes with a high-end 675-watt, 10-speaker sound system which includes B7O PLAY-branded tweeters and woofers in the front doors and a subwoofer in the back.
Other features include two illuminated USB ports on the centre console, a 12-volt power outlet in the front, and available 110-volt outlet behind the centre console and 12-volt outlet for the rear occupant. There are 25 storage points to accommodate your luggage. The new EcoSport gets first-in-class adjustable floorboard in the boot.
The list of standard safety features includes dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, automatic door locks, door ajar warning, front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiter and engine immobiliser. The Titanium+ trim is additionally offered with side and curtain airbags, cruise control with adjustable speed-limiting device, ISOFIX mounts, reverse parking camera, tyre pressure monitoring system and automatic headlamps and wipers.
Major change has been made under the hood. The new Ford EcoSport receives an all-new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder TiVCT petrol engine replacing the old 1.5L, four-cylinder unit. It is claimed to be more efficient than the old one. This gasoline unit is good for 121.3bhp and 150Nm. The company SUV also continues to use the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and 1.5-litre TDCI diesel engines. The new EcoSport is the first car in its segment to get a new 6-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. It also comes with a 5-speed manual transmission option.