The new Ford EcoSport 2017 might receive 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.
January 7, 2017 – New Ford EcoSport 2017 facelift will mark its presence in the Indian market during 2017 festive season, claims a carandbike report. The compact SUV’s updated model made its global debut in Los Angeles, California in November previous year. For 2017, the new EcoSport will be barring minor cosmetic upgrades inspired from Ford Edge and Kuga. Feature-wise, the 2017 Ford EcoSport will richer than before. It will be carrying a bunch of new features including the advanced SYNC 3 infotainment system.
The European-spec 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift will have three powertrain options – a 1.0-litre EcoBoost, a 1.5-litre Duratorq and a 1.5-litre Duratec. And its American version will be packed with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged and a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine. Though, there is no clarity whether the India-spec model will receive this engine or not. The top-spec of the 2017 Ford EcoSport will be exclusively offered with the 4WD system. If the India-spec model receives this feature, it will become the smallest SUV to offer four-wheel drive. Also Read: Ford EcoSport Black Edition – Prices, Pictures & Specifications
Ford EcoSport is one of the most popular models from the American carmaker in India. The country’s first sub-4 metre compact SUV has everything it takes to become a good-value-for-money car thanks to its efficient engines, great drivability, sporty design and of course affordable pricing. With new rivals like Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta, the competition has now become fierce for Ford’s compact SUV. Therefore, the American carmaker is extensively working on the new facelift of the vehicle to retain its position.
Ford India will introduce the first facelift of its popular compact SUV during this year’s festive season. Though, no official announcement has been made yet by the carmaker.
|Base Model||Rs 6.50 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 9.50 lakh|
With an aim to survive in the competitive compact SUV segment, Ford India might price the new EcoSport quite competitively. The price range of the updated model should be around Rs 6.50 lakh – Rs 9.50 lakh (ex-showroom).
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|
In India, the 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift is likely to retain the current engine lineup – 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol and 1.5-liter TDCi diesel. The EcoBoost petrol motor develops a maximum power of 123.37bhp and 107Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel mills deliver 110bhp with 140Nm and 99bhp with 205Nm respectively. Transmission options, too, will remain unchanged – i.e. a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed Powershift dual-clutch.
|1.5-litr TDCi Diesel||Over 22kmpl|
|1.5-litre Ti-VCT Petrol||13kmpl – 15kmpl|
|1.0-litre EcoBoost Petrol||15kmpl – 18kmpl|
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
Design and styling of the Ford EcoSport 2017 looks similar to the Ford Escape. Though, it retains most of its design elements from the current model. With features such a new dual-slats grille, revised bumper, restyled ‘Blue Oval’ badge, re-designed headlamps and skid plates, the fascia of the car looks quite refreshing. The fog lamp enclosures seemed to be borrowed from the current model.
The design changes continue towards the rear of the car that sports a different spare-wheel mounted cover and new LED taillights. While the global model of the new Ford EcoSport is devoid of the rear mounted spare wheel, the India-bound version will continue to feature it. The U.S.-spec version of the SUV also gets a faux skid plate.
Major changes have been made inside the cabin. Besides sharing design bits, the new Ford EcoSport also borrows a range of comfort and safety features from the Ford Kuga and Ford Edge crossovers. The updated model of the compact SUV brims with several new comfort and connectivity such as a new steering wheel with mounted controls, center console integrated new HVAC vents, infotainment system with revised buttons layout and re-designed instrument cluster. The 2017 EcoSport also comes equipped with a new SYNC 3 system, a 8-inch floating touchscreen with a rear camera, new switchgear and grab rail on the dashboard with body colour accents.
The Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration compatibility. There is a high-quality 675-watt, 10-speaker audio system with B&O PLAY-branded tweeters and woofers placed at the front doors and a subwoofer towards the back. Other key features include a 12-volt power outlet (in the front and the rear), two fast-charging USB ports on the centre console and an 110-volt outlet positioned behind the centre console.