Ford EcoSport Facelift

The Ford EcoSport has been one of the most successful models from the American carmaker in India. However, with the rising competitors in the sub-four-metre compact crossover/SUV space, Ford India needs to update the EcoSport with more features in particular. The company is soon going to introduce a facelifted version of the EcoSport which would have a number of convenience features and a new design language. The engine as well as transmission options are expected to remain same.

Ford EcoSport Facelift

Rs. Rs 7.40 lakh to Rs 10,50 lakh *

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Ford India will be introducing a facelifted version of the EcoSport which is expected around the festive season later this year. The compact SUV will have the same side profile, as well as tailgate mounted spare wheel, however, the front will be considerably reworked. Like other Ford cars, the EcoSport will have a large hexagonal front grille, most likely with chrome slats. The headlamps would also be reworked and are expected to be larger than the existing version. Tail lamps too are expected to have a new design.

The major changes though will take place on the inside. While the existing version of the EcoSport in its Platinum Edition has a touchscreen infotainment system, the other versions have a  SYNC TFT LCD infotainment system or the Ford MyDock depending on the variant. The new EcoSport will not only sport a touchscreen infotainment system, it will most likely have a pop-up function similar to come premium or luxury SUVs currently sold in India. Understandably, this infotainment system will be offered on the higher trims while the lower trims would have a lower-spec infotainment system. The top-end trim will also get an automatic climate control, steering mounted audio, phone controls and cruise control.

In terms of engine and gearbox options, the 2017 Ford EcoSport is expected to carry forward the same set of options available in the existing version. The three engine options would include a 1.5-litre diesel unit, a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol motor. The 1.5-litre diesel engine will generate 99 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 205 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm to 3,250 rpm. This engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol unit will produce 111 hp of power at 6,300 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. This engine would also have the option of an automatic gearbox alongside the 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine will churn out 124 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 170 Nm of torque from 1,400 rpm to 4,500 rpm.

In terms of safety, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and dual front airbags are expected as a standard fitment. Higher versions will also get four additional airbags (side and curtain), traction control and hill start assist. Other safety features would include reverse parking camera with sensors, Emergency Assist, rear defogger and speed sensing auto door locks.