Ford India has announced a voluntary recall of 48,700 EcoSport compact SUV units in India. As a part of recall campaign, 48,000 EcoSport diesel units made between April 2013 and June 2014 will receive voluntarily replacement of a new bundle clip on the fuel and brake lines. Furthermore, the carmaker plans to recall 700 EcoSport units manufactured between January and February 2016. This batch of cars is in question for faulty rear folding seats.
In an official statement, Ford India said, “On certain vehicles, the 40 percent rear seat backrest might have been assembled with bolts that do not meet Ford’s material specification, potentially causing the bolts to break,”.
Recently, Ford introduced the new EcoSport Black Edition in three trim levels – Trend +, Titanium and Titanium+ – priced between Rs. 8.58 lakh – Rs. 9.93 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the launch of Maruti Vitara Brezza, the American carmaker reduced prices of the EcoSport up to Rs 1.12 lakh in March 2016. The base variant of the regular Ford EcoSport is now available at Rs 6.68 lakh, and the top-ranging model is priced at Rs 9.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The 2016 Ford EcoSport 2016 comes powered by the very same three powertrains – a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol and a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel. While the 1.5-litre TDCi oil-burner delivers a claimed power of 99bhp and 205Nm of torque, 1.5-litre Ti-VCT gasoline unit offers 110bhp and 140Nm of torque. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol power mill is good for 123.37bhp and 107Nm. Transmission options on offer are a 5-speed manual (standard) and a 6-speed Powershift dual-clutch (only on the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT Titanium petrol variant).