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Ford Ecosport Overview

It wouldn’t be wrong to say the EcoSport charted new history for Ford in India. Back in 2013, the compact SUV segment was barely in existence and the EcoSport was quick to gain immense popularity. It wasn’t the first sub 4-metre SUV in the country but it kickstarted the craze for compact SUVs and made every other manufacturer sit up and take notice of the potential the segment held. Several car makers have attempted to dethrone the Ford EcoSport since, though it’s only in the recent past the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and now the Tata Nexon have truly managed to challenge it.

Of course, five years (the Ford EcoSport was launched in 2013) is a long time and the EcoSport was feeling dated. Which is why Ford is back with a thoroughly refreshed version. The good news is that changes aren’t limited to a redesigned face or spruced up interiors. The refreshed Ford EcoSport does boast all that but the bigger news is the all-new petrol engine under its hood. We spent the better part of a day driving it around Goa to see what the EcoSport feels like in its refreshed avatar.

Ford Ecosport Exteriors

Even in its new avatar, the little SUV continues to be quintessentially EcoSport. Changes to the design are most noticeable at the front. The sleek headlamps have been shown the door. In its place are big, chunky units that make the EcoSport look angry. If you pick the top-spec Titanium or Titanium+ variant you get halogen projectors and a sweet daytime-running lamp setup too. Then there’s the new grille, which gets some neat hexagonal detailing. Of course, the hood has been resculpted to accommodate the new nose. Tying all of these elements together is the redesigned bumper. The prominent faux skid plate finished in dull silver adds another dollop of muscle.

In profile, there’s not much new. There’s no change to the sheet metal here, so it continues to sport a fuss-free, likeable design. The only noticeable difference is the new set of 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 205-section rubber. The large rims and the low profile tyres give it a sporty stance.The rear gets a redesigned cover for the spare wheel, but we’d be happier showing off the fifth alloy. The rear bumper has been worked upon as well, but the changes are of the blink-and-miss variety. The EcoSport looks every bit the compact SUV it should. The formula isn’t drastically different. But this works just fine. Why fix something that isn’t broken, right?

Ford Ecosport Interiors

Inside, it is equally sporty, with black dominating the interiors along with orange inserts on the doors and centre console; the seats get orange stitching and highlights. The instrument cluster now features chrome rings for the dials and also a new LCD MID screen, but the highlight of the interior is the all-important electric sunroof.

Infotainment-wise, you get the same 8-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Ford’s SYNC3 command system, but exclusive to the S is a tyre pressure monitoring system (this, like a few other features, was earlier available on the Titanium+ until it got a mild de-spec). Other aesthetic additions include alloy pedals which further add to the sporty visuals. The rest of the interior, though, remains the same as on the Titanium+ spec; in other words, it carries forward the part-leather seats, cruise control, ambient lighting and safety equipment such as six airbags, brake assist, stability control and hill hold assist as well.Check for Ford Ecosport price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Ford Ecosport Engine

The EcoSport’s confused engine lineup has been simplified. And boy are we glad! So you now get the choice of the good old 1.5-litre diesel and a brand new 1.5-litre petrol. The oil burner remains unchanged on paper, and out on the road it doesn’t feel any different either. It’s as drivable as ever and there are no surprising peaks in power delivery like the Brezza. Since that’s out of the way, let’s focus on the new kid on the block. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is the first from the Dragon family to report for duty. The three-cylinder engine develops 123PS of power and 150Nm of torque. That’s a healthy bump up of 12PS and 10Nm over the old 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine it replaces. Ford’s thought behind the new motor is to reduce size, weight and emissions while bumping up fuel efficiency and drivability. Have they delivered?

To start with, the engine is silent and refined. Sure, it’s got a bit of vibrations when you start up, but as you build speed they settle down pretty quickly. The engine itself has a laidback nature and is tuned to ensure it’s easy to drive inside the city. Power delivery is smooth and it takes its own time to build speed. If you’re looking for a sporty drive you might want to look elsewhere; this one is happier being driven in a relaxed manner. There’s no fuss, no drama and it just gets the job done as far as commuting is concerned.

What makes the drive calmer is the 6-speed automatic. Yes, the dual-clutch transmission has been binned in favour of a conventional torque converter, and in our books that’s a step in the right direction. The DCT wasn’t outright sporty or convenient. More often than not, it’d be puzzled as to which cog to choose. Not this one. This one’s tuned to sip frugally and it knows how to do one thing right – take the sting out of day-to-day driving.To know more details on Ford Ecosport  check Bioinformatica

Ford Ecosport Driving

Ford has tweaked the suspension slightly to improve ride quality and the difference was noticeable. I remember the EcoSport feeling crashy through potholes, but the refreshed version did a better job of soaking them up. The Titanium and Titanium+ petrol versions get bigger, 17-inch wheels now while lower variants use 16-inch wheels just like before, for aesthetics as well as better handling. The steering setup is slightly different and isn’t as sharp as before. Ford tells us the response has been dulled slightly basis customer feedback, and the effect is a more linear feel when turning into corners. Feedback from the steering is as good as before though, with lots of communication. On the whole, the EcoSport continues with Ford’s tradition of making cars that handle well.

Ford Ecosport Safety

Ford EcoSport has excellent front and rear suspensions to ensure that its passengers enjoy a comfortable ride. The high Ford EcoSport ground clearance also plays a vital role in this aspect. The lower end models have tyre size of 195/65R15 whereas its top models come with 17-inch alloy wheels.Ventilated disc brakes for the front wheel and drum brakes for the rear are good enough to bring the vehicle to an immediate halt. It comes with ABS and EBD so that the car does not skip or topple over when you apply sudden brakes in an emergency. All variants except for four Titanium models come with two airbags for driver and front seat passenger. The Titanium Plus models have six airbags to protect all passengers. Additional standard safety features include warnings for ‘door ajar,’ engine immobiliser, child safety locks, and a central locking system.

Ford Ecosport Cost in Hyderabad

Ford EcoSport On Road Price is 9,25,330/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,82,300/- in Hyderabad. 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 Conclusion

The Ford EcoSport was feeling dated as a package, especially in the company of newer competitors like the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. Its styling was getting long in the tooth and the feature list wasn’t up to date either. The refreshed version takes care of all that and feels a lot more competent and modern. The new 1.5-litre petrol engine feels nice, and the automatic gearbox should make driving in city traffic more convenient. The suspension setup offers a better balance now, making the EcoSport even more likeable as an urban SUV.

Its facelift is a much needed shot in the arm for the EcoSport, and Ford is clearly aiming at winning back its crown in the compact SUV segment. The 2018 EcoSport will get launched in the coming weeks and when launched, we expect it to be priced in the same region as its current version to put up a serious fight to its competitors.

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