Ford is ready with the 2017 EcoSport and will unveil the sub-compact SUV on 14th November, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The company presently manufactures the EcoSport in India as well as in countries including Thailand, Brazil and Russia. With production expected to start in India, Ford could export the 2017 EcoSport to different parts of the world, especially the USA. The 2017 Ford EcoSport will be based on Ford's global B-car platform, the company's sub-compact car platform, which also underpins the Fiesta, Ka and the B-Max.
The 2017 EcoSport will be powered by a new 1.5 litre ‘Dragon’ three-cylinder petrol engine and is expected to be paired to an AWD (All-Wheel Drive) system. The smaller engine, a 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol will also power the compact SUV along with a 1.5 litre diesel unit that produces 100 hp of power and 210 Nm of torque. All the engines will be mated to a 5-speed manual, but the Dragon petrol mill will also be paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The new EcoSport with a 1.5 litre Dragon petrol engine is also expected to debut in India by next year, however, the company has not confirmed the specifications or the launch time yet.
Ford has also made changes to the interiors of the EcoSport including the Ford's new SYNC3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity. The cabin also features a black interior theme with silver accents on the dashboard and will get a newly designed multifunction steering wheel and instrument cluster. The exterior will be equipped with new headlamps, revised grille & bumpers, fog lamp cluster and newly developed tail lights sitting on top of a revised bumper.
In the US market, the 2017 Ford EcoSport will compete directly with the Honda HR-V and when launched in India, it is expected to be priced between Rs 8 lakh to Rs 11.5 lakh, ex-showroom.