Images of the BS6-ready Ford EcoSport have recently emerged on the web. At the rear, the test mule had an attachment of the emission testing equipment with a mention “On test by ARAI”. Read – New-Generation Ford EcoSport Launch Details Out
Currently, the compact SUV comes with three, BS4-compliant engines – a 1.5L TDCi diesel, a 1.5L Ti-VCT petrol and a 1.0L EcoBoost petrol. The American carmaker will upgrade the 1.5L TDCi diesel and 1.5L Ti-VCT petrol powertrains to meet the upcoming BS6 emission norms. While the former makes a top power of 100bhp with 205Nm of torque, the latter delivers 123bhp with 150Nm of torque.
The diesel variants get a 5-speed manual gearbox, and the petrol models can be had either with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Reports suggest that the 1.0L EcoBoost petrol engine will be discontinued as its BS6 upgrade cost will be high and demand is relatively low. This turbocharged motor pushes out a maximum power of 123bhp against 170Nm of torque. Read – Made-In-India Ford Figo Gets 4 Star Crash Rating In Latin NCAP
Rumour has it Ford might replace the EcoBoost powertrain with the Mahindra XUV300’s 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine.
Ford Motor Company is reported to make a deal with Mahindra & Mahindra to form a new joint venture and it will crease its independent operations in India. Read – New-Generation Ford Figo, Aspire Under Development
Under this new JV, the American carmaker will have a new unit in which it will own a 49% stake and Mahindra will hold a 51% stake. However, the official announcement on the same is yet to be made.