Ford has launched the brand new, facelifted 2017 EcoSport in India. The new EcoSport has been one of the vital awaited vehicles in latest occasions, and has already generated upbeat enthusiasm owing to its recognition within the crossover section. However, it now faces stiff competitors from equally widespread contenders, which now embody the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Tata Nexon and the Honda WR-V, every of which include distinctive benefits. The 2017 Ford EcoSport, launched as we speak, goals to tackle this competitors, buoyed by a much-improved in-car expertise bundle, improved entrance styling and Ford’s new 1.5-litre, Three-cylinder petrol engine.
The expertise inside
The greatest change is contained in the EcoSport, which lastly does away with the age outdated near-badogue infotainment system. Instead, it now homes an Eight-inch touchscreen panel designed in a floating format on the centre of the dashboard. It misses out on built-in navigation, however does embody each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, it runs on the brand new Ford SYNC Three firmware, which presents a brand new interface. Standard options together with Bluetooth-based music streaming and telephony are current, together with bodily enter sources like aux and USB. The new Ford EcoSport additionally will get steering-mounted controls for accessing the media setup and the central multi-information show within the instrument cluster, which nonetheless stays monochrome not like those within the newer technology Hyundai vehicles. The new Ford SYNC Three additionally will get voice management for handsfree instructions, and different expertise inside embody a rear parking digital camera, automated local weather management and security options together with dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, hill begin help, ESC, traction management and paddle shifters (within the petrol-automatic variant). The range-topping Titanium+ trim will get aspect and curtain airbags too, together with rear ISOFIX baby seat mounts. The headlamps have been upgraded too, and at the moment are projector headlamps with LED DRLs.
Design, Powertrain and Prices
In phrases of design, the 2017 Ford EcoSport will get an all-new entrance grille with chrome slats to present it a extra Endeavour-like stance. Much of the remainder, nonetheless, is retained from the older EcoSport’s physique, and the India variant nonetheless has the spare wheel mounted to the outside of the automobile. Inside, the sprint has been redesigned to accommodate the brand new infotainment system, and seat upholstery has additionally been upgraded to make it look extra premium. Also improved is seat cushioning, which ought to make the journey high quality even higher. The boot has additionally been barely reworked to offer 30 litres of extra baggage quantity.
The third main improve for the Ford EcoSport is the brand new Dragon collection engine – a 1.5-litre, Three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 123bhp and 150Nm of torque. This engine is paired with a selection between the 5-speed guide and the 6-speed automated gearboxes. The diesel trim continues to be powered by the older, 1.5-litre mill, which produces 100bhp and is just accessible with the 5-speed guide gearbox. Ford has additionally reportedly achieved 85 p.c localisation of the EcoSport’s manufacturing, which has allowed it to maintain the pricing almost just like the outgoing EcoSport regardless of the numerous upgrades.
The costs and variants of the 2017 Ford EcoSport are as follows: