Prices of the new Ford EcoSport 2017 facelift fall in the range of Rs 7.31 lakh – Rs 10.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
New Ford EcoSport 2017 was launched in India on November 9, 2017. It’s the first mid-life facelift of the compact SUV that witnessed comprehensive styling updates along with several segment leading features and an all-new petrol engine. Redesigned with around 1600 new parts, the SUV will continue take on the cars like Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Creta, Mahindra TUV300 and Nissan Terrano. Tata’s latest entrant in the compact SUV segment, Nexon will also give a tough fight to the EcoSport.
Ford India aims to sell around 4,000-4,500 units of the new EcoSport on monthly basis. With an aim to achieve that, the company teamed up with Google and launched a 15 days digital campaign called ‘Fun on Your Side’. Currently, the EcoSport commands nearly over 20% market share in the compact SUV space in India. The 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift has been made available at a starting price of Rs 7.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). One can pre-book the car at any authorized Ford dealership across the nation. In fact, the limited 123 units assigned for Amazon were sold out within first 10 hours.
New Ford EcoSport 2017 Key Features
– New trapezoidal grille
– New headlamps with LED DRLs
– Bigger 17-inch alloys
– Bold fog lamps with turn indicators
– Wider central dome
– Revised Wheel cover
– New steering wheel with mounted controls
– Center console integrated new HVAC vents
– SYNC 3 infotainment system with 8-inch floating touchscreen
– Re-designed instrument cluster
– First-in-calss adjustable cargo management
– 25 storage compartments
– New 6-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters (semgnet-first)
– Most powerful petrol engine in the segment
Ambiente Petrol – Rs 7.31 lakh
Trend Petrol – Rs 8.04 lakh
Titanium Petrol – Rs 9.17 lakh
Trend+ Petrol – Rs 9.34 lakh
Titanium+ Petrol AT – Rs 10.99 lakh
Ambiente Diesel – Rs 8.01 lakh
Trend Diesel – Rs 8.71 lakh
Trend+ Diesel – Rs 9.10 lakh
Titanium Diesel – Rs 9.85 lakh
Titanium+ Diesel – Rs 10.67 lakh
The Indian compact SUV segment has been witnessing surge in demand and car makers have been rolling out new models to benefit from the sharp rise in demand. First launched in 2013, EcoSport is among the top-selling models in this space, however launch of new models such as Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon has turned heat on EcoSport, hence the facelift makes sense to retain its position. Therefore, the Amercian carmaker comes up with competitively pricing.
Keeping its commitment of ‘Making in India, for India and the world’, the company is producing the new 1.5L petrol engine at its Sanand-based facility in Gujarat. It has further helped the company achieve aggressive pricing. Despite significant design updates, feature packed interior and more efficient engine lineup, the prices of the new EcoSport model remain largely similar to the previous model. The 2017 Ford EcoSport price in India starts from Rs 7.31 lakh for the entry-level Ambiente petrol variant, and goes up to Rs 10.99 lakh for the range-topping Titanium+ petrol model. While the petrol variants are available within the range of Rs 7.31 lakh to Rs 10.99 lakh, the prices of the diesel models’ fall between Rs 8.01 lakh – Rs 10.67 lakh. One must note that aforementioned prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. Check Out: New Ford EcoSport ST-Line Pictures & Details
For 2017 model year, the EcoSport receives significant design and styling updates making it look aesthetically appealing and premium than its predecessor. The face of the 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift appears bolder and sportier than before – thanks to multiple cosmetic changes. The completely revised front fascia of the car now in-line with other new Ford models. The new hexagonal single-piece trapezoidal grille with silver finish looks similar to the Endeavour SUV. The car also gets bigger and wider projector headlamps with LED DRLs (daytime running lights). The bold fog lamps further compliment the edgier and aggressive face of the car. The bonnet has a wider central dome adding more to its muscular appearance.
Save for the redesigned alloy wheels and roof rails, the side profile of the SUV looks largely identical to the old model. Ditching the 16-inch wheels, the high-spec Titanium+ trim now gets the bigger 17-inch units that are claimed to offer better control. The car received subtle updates at the rear end. It sports the new LED taillamps and new tailgate mounted spare wheel cover. Though, the dimensions of the 2017 Ford EcoSport remain changed. Ford’s design and engineering team comprehensively worked on refining aerodynamics of the car, as claimed by the carmaker. Read – Tata Nexon Vs Ford EcoSport
Similar to the old model, the 2017 Frod EcoSport is available in six exterior colour options which include Canyon Ridge, Diamond White, Moondust Silver, Race Red, Absolute Black and Smoke Grey. In addition, Ford also introduced a new Lighting Blue paint scheme on the compact SUV. Read: New EcoSport Vs Old – What is the difference?
Besides comprehensive design and styling updates, the 2017 EcoSport comes with an additional pack comprising new comfort and connectivity bits. The updated model not only retained most of the features from the old model, but shares some of its components with other Ford vehicles such as Ford Kuga and Ford Edge crossovers as well. The new dashboard design along with a newly laid out centre console instantly draw attention as you get inside the cabin. The most prominent change comes in the form of a new SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is compatible to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It also supports navigation system, voice recognition and applications. This in-car connectivity system allows drivers to adjust climate setting and connect his/her smartphone via voice commands.
The high quality 675-watt, 10-speaker audio system with B&OPLAY-branded tweeters and woofers at front doors and a subwoofer at the back takes care of your entertainment. The car also gets new switchgear and grab rail. The 12V power outlet is available both in front and rear along with two fast-charging USB ports on centre and 110-volt-outlet which are placed behind the centre console. Other bits such as a new three-spoke steering wheel, dashboard and centre console with horizontal centre HVAC vents are also packed inside. Features such as cruise control, a rear-view camera, automatic climate control and a speed limiter function are also on offer. Ford is also offering range accessories with the SUV that includes illuminated scuff plates, slimeline weathershield, sun blinds, rear seat entertainment system, spare wheel cover, roof cross bars, seat cover options, rear spoiler and SS scuff plates.
|Engine||1.5-litre, 3-cylinder Ti-VCT Petrol|
|Engine||1.5-litre TDCi Diesel|
|Engine||1.0-litre EcoBoost Petrol|
|Transmission Options||5-speed Manual & 6-speed Automatic|
Buyers have three engine options to choose from. The 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift’s engine setup includes an all-new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder Ti-VCT petrol, 1.5-litre EcoBoost and the tried and tested 1.5-litre TDCi diesel units. The new three-cylinder petrol powertrain is an all-aluminium block, which makes it lighter. It has timing belt in oil for reduced wear & tear and integrated exhaust manifold for lower NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness). Additionally, the each intake and exhaust cam of the motor works independently that not only improves its throttle response, but enhances its fuel efficiency as well. Ford claims that the new naturally aspirated engine deliver faster throttle response and 7% better fuel efficiency than its replacement. NVH levels and friction have also been reduced significantly. In fact, the company has optimised its bore and stroke ratio for achieving higher torque figures.
The EcoSport’s new petrol engine delivers a peak power of 121.3bhp at 6,500rpm and a peak torque of 150Nm at 4,500rpm. This makes it 13bhp more powerful and 10Nm torquier than the old 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol unit. Interestingly, the new EcoSport 1.5L petrol is also the most powerful car in its segment. Besides, the 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift continues to use the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol and the 1.5-litre TDCI diesel engine. The turbocharged petrol engine pushes out a maximum power output of 123bhp against a peak torque of 107Nm. Read About – New Ford Figo Hatchback
On the other side, the diesel engine is capable generating a maximum power of 99bhp and 205Nm of torque. The company has tuned the oil burner for better fuel efficiency. Transmission options on the carline include a 5-speed manual and a new 6-speed automatic unit instead of powershift dual-clutch gearbox. The latter one comes with paddle shifters, which are segment-first. The Independent McPherson front and semi independent rear suspension units ensure a comfortable drive even on rough roads.
|1.5-litr TDCi Diesel||23mpl|
|New 1.5-litre Ti-VCT Petrol||17kmpl|
|1.0-litre EcoBoost Petrol||18.9kmpl|
For the record, Ford India claims that the 2017 EcoSport’s new 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder Ti-VCT petrol engine is 7% more fuel efficient than the old Sigma, four-cylinder unit. The new powertrain has crankshaft off-set from cylinder centre line, centered spark plugs and coil-on-plug system that result better quicker engine start and better fuel efficiency and combustion. The new petrol powertrain is claimed to deliver fuel economy of 17kmpl, while the tried-and-tested 1.5L TDCI diesel returns a mileage of 23kmpl. That said, the EcoBoost engine delivers an average of 18.9kmpl. Read – New Ford Aspire | New Ford Figo Cross
The 2017 Ford EcoSport comes equipped with the brand’s Sync 3 infotainment system allows you play music, make phone calls, change climate settings and other functions through voice commands. This latest edition of the in-car connectivity system also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With its voice command feature, you can also access a range of smartphone apps including AccuWeather & Pparke, Hungama Drive, Maps by MapMyIndia and InShorts.
The 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift features an 8-inch floating touchscreen that also works as a display for the rear view camera. A new climate control system with a digital display and two rotary control knobs is placed just below the screen. The mid-range variant comes with a smaller 6.5-inch touchscreen display. There are two USB inputs with backlit surrounds. Features such as automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers further enhance its comfort quotient. The EcoSport Ambiente, Trend and Trend+ trims come with full fabric seats, while the Titanium and Titanium+ trims get high series fabric and premium leather seats respectively. The leather gear shift knob and steering wheel are also restricted to the top-spec trims.
The 2017 Ford EcoSport gets a centrally located media bin with two illuminated USB ports. It can stow a smartphone (as large as iPhone 7 Plus) while charging. Besides media bin, the SUV also offers other 24 storage compartments. The SUV offers a boot space of 352-litres, which is expandable up to 1178-liters. It has an adjustable floorboard (first-in-class) that can be mounted on two designed slots to create different compartments. Read – First Spy Pictures of 2018 Ford Endeavour Are Out
The list of standard safety equipment includes dual airbags and ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), front seat belts with pretensioner & load limiter, driver seat belt reminder, crash unlocking system, power door locks, engine immobiliser, approach lights & homesafe headlamps, emergency brake light flashing and door ajar warning. Save the entry-level trim, all variants of the 2017 Ford EcoSport get the company’s Emergency Assistance system that automatically calls emergency services in case of accident.
While the 6 airbags are reserved for the top-spec model, the Hill Launch Assist, cruise control and traction control are offered on the automatic variants. Safety features such as Ford’s Emergency Assistance system, a rear-view camera, cruise control and a speed limited function are reserved for the range-topping trim.
Ford’s 2017 EcoSport facelift is said to be come with over 1600 updates including revised exterior and interior styling, bold Ford signature grille, bigger and wider headlamps and fog lamp bezel, a first-in-class adjustable cargo management system, Sync 3 with 8-inch floating touchscreen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a new petrol engine and more.
Besides this, the SUV offers a quieter cabin to sit in. The multiple storage compartments and foldable seats make it more practical car for family buyers. Ford claims that the new EcoSport is a more fun-to-drive machine with improved fuel efficiency and reduced friction. With all these attributes, the 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift is surely much better product than its predecessor.
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