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Ford Ecosport Overview

The Ford EcoSport was launched in 2013 and fetched extremely good sales for its maker. It enjoyed a good run in the market until newer rivals like the Maruti Vitara Brezza came and stole the limelight. Recently, Tata Motors impressed us with the Nexon but competition in this segment is all set to get even more hotter thanks to Ford who is dropping the bomb with the new EcoSport that gets a lot of changes in this mid-life facelift.

The Ford EcoSport got a facelift in global markets recently too. However, Ford removed the tail-gate mounted spare wheel in the European version of the EcoSport but thankfully they decided to retain it in the Indian version based on feedback. View offers on Ford Ecosport in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Ford Ecosport Exterior & Look

The facelifted Ecosport’s design and dimensions remains largely unchanged. The new car retains the assertive front-end but now gets revised head-lamps with an LED strip as parking lights and do not work as day-time running lights. There aren’t any other visual changes. Buyers have loved the design of the Ecosport and they will continue to buy the same design. Ford didn’t want to change its successful formula. This compact SUV has been liked by many for its design.

Ford Ecosport Interior & Space

As you step inside the new Ford EcoSport, the very first thing that grabs your attention is the big touchscreen infotainment unit. The system integrates Ford’s SYNC3 connectivity and also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The revised center console houses air-conditioning controls and two USB slots. The EcoSport gets an all-black dashboard while the seats too, are revised with better cushioning. The comfort offered in all the five seats is unrivalled in any other compact SUV. The 60-40 split rear seat enhances the space and comfort level further. As compared to its rivals, Ford EcoSport wins by a huge margin in terms of interior quality.

The steering in the new Ford EcoSport is as precise as ever and perfectly weight, it’s quite responsive and quick. The list of gadgetry is long that includes automatic climate control, glove box illumination, cruise control, rain sensing wipers and tyre pressure monitoring system.

Ford Ecosport Engine & Gearbox

While the older EcoSport used to come with 3 engines – 2 petrol and 1 diesel, the newer car comes with only 2 engine options. The diesel engine is the same 1.5-litre, TDCI, 4-cylinder unit producing 100 PS of power and 205 Nm of torque, mated to the same 5-speed manual gearbox. NVH levels on this engine are good but some clatter does filter inside the cabin. Power delivery is punchy and the EcoSport never really feels underpowered, even on the highways. Turbo lag isn’t very bothersome too. Gear shifts are still very notchy though and even the lever feels heavy, but the clutch is very light. On the fuel efficiency front, you can expect 16-18 km/l.

However, it is the new petrol engine that got us more interested in the new Ford EcoSport. This is an all-new 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, Dragon series engine that replaces the older Sigma and EcoBoost engines. The Dragon engine produces 123 PS at 6500 RPM and 150 Nm at 400 RPM. While the power figure is similar to the EcoBoost engine, torque has gone down by 20 Nm but that isn’t a concern because the EcoBoost unit was turbocharged and this one is naturally aspirated. The engine is extremely refined despite being a 3-cylinder unit and feels very responsive to throttle inputs. The manual gearbox engined model reaches from 0 to 100 km/hr in 10.91 seconds as per our VBOX tests. Power delivery is linear all the way to the redline and this engine actually makes the car fun to drive. To know more info on Ford Ecosport check Changeonslapac

The petrol engine gets two transmission options – 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. Do note that this AT is a torque converter unit while the older AT used to be a DCT. However, the gearbox has been matched very nicely to the engine and gear shifts are pretty smooth. It feels even more responsive in Sport mode. There are no manual shift buttons on the gear lever this time but what you do get are steering-mounted paddle-shifters. Fuel efficiency from the petrol engine isn’t that high, you can expect 9-11 km/l under regular driving. However, when I was giving it the beans, the display showed an average of just 4.5 km/l. Overall, the EcoSport scores high on the mechanical front with two very strong engines.

Ford Ecosport Driving Dynamics

The suspension in the new Ford EcoSport has been softened a bit regarding the customer feedback asking for agiler ride. The layer of suppleness added in the suspension has greatly aided ride comfort. The car rides over bumps and potholes in a poised manner while the cabin is a quiet place to be in. So, the dynamics in the new EcoSport are sharp as before delivering an excellent combination of ride and handling.

Ford Ecosport Braking & Safety

Ford is offering 6 airbags on the top variants of the EcoSport while the base and mid variants get dual front airbags. Apart from that, you also get ABS and Traction Control. The AT variant also gets Hill Start Assist. Talking about the after sales service of Ford, it does have a good reach across India and moreover Ford cars these days are known to be cheaper to own and maintain. Ford has stated that the EcoSport will cost Rs. 39,000/- to maintain over period of 1 lakh kms for the petrol variants while the diesel counterpart will cost Rs. 46,000/- to maintain.

Ford Ecosport Price in Ahmedabad

Ford EcoSport On Road Price is 8,60,752/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,82,300/- in Ahmedabad. Ford EcoSport comes in 8 colours, namely Mars Red,Moondust Silver,Golden Bronze,Smoke Grey,Chill Metallic,Kinetic Blue,Panther Black,Diamond White. Ford EcoSport comes with FWD with 1499 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 110 bhp@6300 rpm and Peak Torque 140 Nm@4400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Ford EcoSport comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Ford Ecosport Verdict

With this update Ford has addressed most of the minor niggles inside the cabin, but it’s the engine upgrade that’s the master stroke. It doesn’t result in a major price increase either, which makes the new Ford EcoSport an even more compelling package.New Ford EcoSport price in India falls in the bracket of Rs. 7.67 lakhs and Rs. 11.20 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi. While the compact SUV segment has been the most heated category, the key rivals of new EcoSport include Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Tata Nexon as well as arch-rival Renault Duster.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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