The new Ford EcoSport 2017 will see some significant exterior updates along with revised interior and additional features.
With new rivals like Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta, the competition has now become fierce for Ford’s compact SUV.
The new Ford EcoSport 2017 will be the first facelift version of the popular subcompact SUV, post its launch in 2013. Premiered last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the EcoSport facelift will be launched in India during the festive season this year. As part of new updates, the subcompact SUV will receive styling changes, most of it inspired by the Ford Edge and Ford Kuga. Equipment level will go up, with the advanced SYNC 3 infotainment system placed inside the cabin.
In America, Ford EcoSport is offered with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged and 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol unit. Though, for the Indian market, Ford may choose to retain the engines from the current model. It may also introduce a 4WD or all-wheel-drive system on the range topping variant. With this, EcoSport will become the smallest SUV in India to offer 4WD drivetrain, if Ford decides to add this feature to the top-spec variant.
In January, the company introduced EcoSport Platinum edition at a starting price of Rs 10.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in petrol and diesel guise with more connectivity and comfort features. Feeling the heat in the segment from Maruti Vitara Brezza, the new updates on the SUV are in line to keep it abreast of competition.
Ford EcoSport facelift is expected to be available for retail around festive season. There is yet no official announcement on the launch date, but reports in media suggest a strong possibility of festive season launch. Read: New Ford Endeavour – All You Need To Know
|Base Model||Rs 6.50 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 9.50 lakh|
Pricing will be along the same lines as the current model. The Ford EcoSport 2017 price is estimated to fall between Rs 6.50 lakh to Rs 9.50 lakh.
Specs-Based Comparison: Ford EcoSport Vs Mahindra TUV300
|Engine||1.5-litre Ti-VCT Petrol|
|Engine||1.5-litre TDCi Diesel|
|Engine||1.0-litre EcoBoost Petrol|
|Transmission Options||5-speed Manual & 6-speed Powershift dual-clutch|
Ford is unlikely to change engine line-up on the Ford EcoSport facelift. The SUV is expected to use the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine from the current model. Displacing around 1000cc, the EcoBoost engine produces 123.37bhp and 107Nm of torque as against the higher capacity 1.5-litre unit that makes 110bhp and 140Nm torque. The oil burner lags behind in terms of power at 99bhp, whereas it offers highest torque of all three engines at 205Nm. These engine units will come with a choice between a five-speed manual gearbox and 6-speed Powershift dual-clutch transmission.
|1.5-litr TDCi Diesel||Over 22kmpl|
|1.5-litre Ti-VCT Petrol||13kmpl – 15kmpl|
|1.0-litre EcoBoost Petrol||15kmpl – 18kmpl|
The expected fuel economy for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is rated between 15 to 18kmpl as opposed to the 1.5-litre unit, expected to return 13 to 15kmpl. With an estimated mileage of over 22kmpl, the oil burner will be the most fuel efficient of all.
New dual-slats grille
Fog lamp enclosures with turn indicators
New LED taillights
Revised Wheel cover
New steering wheel with mounted controls
Center console integrated new HVAC vents
Infotainment system with revised buttons layout
Re-designed instrument cluster
The EcoSport facelift gets new elements for a sportier look. While most of the changes are made to the front profile, the side and rear end retain similar look with minimal changes. Use of new elements such as revised headlamp units, front bumper and the skid plates infuse sporty character to the face. The fog lamps remain unchanged, but the radiator grille gets dual-slats and a revamped ‘Blue Oval’ badge. On the side, it equips 15-inch Michelin tyres. Round the back, EcoSport facelift gets new LED tail-lamps and a new spare-wheel mounted cover.
Ford will add a host of new equipment to the cabin, mostly borrowed from the Ford Kuga and Ford Edge crossovers. It will be layered with a new steering wheel with mounted controls, new HVAC vents on centre console, revised buttons for the infotainment system and a new design for the instrument cluster. Additionally, the SUV will get a host of connectivity features. There will be a new SYNC 3 system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto smartphone integration compatibility, 8-inch floating touchscreen with a rear camera, new switchgear and grab rail.
Brimming with new tech, the cabin will also benefit from a high-quality 675-watt, 10-speaker audio system with B&O PLAY-branded tweeters and woofers at the front doors and a subwoofer at the back. The 12-volt power outlet will provided in front and rear, additionally it will also get two fast-charging USB ports placed on centre and 110-volt outlet placed behind centre console.
The 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift will receive significant styling changes inside and out. The car will also come with a range of new features including advanced SYNC 3 system.