Ford has finally unveiled their 2017 Ecosport compact SUV ahead of the Los Angeles Motor show which will commence from November 18th. This is not exactly a new generation SUV but a mid life facelift which Ford has given to the Ecosport. This compact SUV will make it to the Indian market in 2017 and it was caught also caught couple of times being tested on road.
This car is targeted for those audiences who want both space saving convenience and SUV capability at the same time. The Compact Crossover has received a completely new face which looks much in line with some other Ford products including the Ford Edge. Apart from the new face the US Spec Ecosport has also received plenty of new updates to the interior as well.
India’s compact SUV market is booming and the demands of this compact SUV has risen to a great height recently we have also got plenty of new products in this segment which has given Ford some tough competition. The recently launched Hyundai Creta has won most of the heart with its feature packed interior and powerful engines. Hopefully Ford will be able to win back some of their consumers nheart after they introduce this new and updated compact SUV.
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Compared to the current generation model the updated Ecosport features a much more aggressive and wide face. The headlamp unit now looks much bigger and also features LED DRL lamps and new projector units. The fog lamp unit looks identical to that of the Ford Edge. The front grille now looks slightly sharper as well and gets a completely new plastic mesh design. The Indian spec variant is expected to get the same spare wheel mounted at the tailgate unlike the US Spec variant which does not feature one but instead gets tire inflator kit. The rear bumper now also features faux skid plastics as well which actually adds an aggressive touch to the compact SUV.
Unlike the exterior the updated Ecosport has received a completely new interior. The dashboard design also looks completely new and it gets a completely a new touchscreen infotainment system which features Ford’s new SYNC3 system. Apart from the new infotainment system the updated compact SUV also has received a completely new multifunctional steering wheel. Also gone are those old instrument clusters the new Ecosport also features a wider and bigger instrument cluster. The top end Titanium trim will also receive a premium B&O PLAY audio system.
For the security of the vehicle the driver will now be able to locate even start and lock their SUV from anywhere with the help of SYNC Connect with FordPass. This is a mobile app which will also let the owners know about the fuel level and odometer reading, when not in the vehicle.
The new and updated interiors however features the same old HVAC vents while there are new fast charging USB ports and also a 12 Volt power outlet.
The US Spec Ford Ecosdort will get the Award winning Ford’s 1.0 Liter , three cylinder turbocharged Ecoboost unit while there will also be more powerful 2.0 Liter, four cylinder unit as well, this 2.0 Liter engine gets $WD option as standard which is definitely a good news for many.
There are no information about the Indian spec variant as of now but Ford would like to continue the same two petrol engine options and a diesel engine option under its hood. The 1.5 Liter diesel engine is capable of producing about 100 Ps of peak power at 3750 rpm and 215 Nm of peak torque in between 1750-3000 rpm. The petrol variant on the other hand gets the 1.5 Litre four cylinder unit which is capable of producing about 112 Ps of peak power 6300 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm.
While there is then the most exciting 1.0 Litre, three cylinder Ecoboost unit is capable of producing about 125 Ps of peak power and 170 Nm of torque.
These entire drivetrain lineup are paired to a five speed manual transmission but there is also an optional six-speed dual clutch PowerShift automatic transmission available as well with this engine.
The price of the new Ford Ecosport is still unknown yet but you can expect it to be priced at a premium of INR. 50,000-80,000 over the current Ecosport prices.
The Vitara Brezza is definitely a worthy competitor to the Ecosport however its biggest disadvantage is the fact that it has been launched in the Indian market with only a diesel drivetarin. The Vitara Brezza was unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo and was launched on Match 8th 2016. It is definitely getting a lot of attention recently mainly because of its youthful styling and also because this compact SUV was launched by one of the most trusted car brand of the Indian market. The Vitara Brezza is powered b y a 1.3 Litre Multiject diesel unit which is capable of producing about 90 Ps of peak power and 200 NM of torque, the engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission only. There is also a fair chance of Maruti introducing a petrol variant as well within the next couple of months.
The new updated 2017 Ecosport definitely looks interesting, the new exterior styling, new and updated interiors with modern connectivity features definitely adds a premium feel to the compact SUV. The US Spec variant also gets a more powerful 2.0 Liter unit which is available with a 4 wheel drive option as well which increases the potential of this new compact SUV even more. As already mentioned above expect this new compact SUV to hit the Indian market by the year 2017 to take on its biggest rival Vitara Brezza which too will receive a petrol drivetrain as well.
We will definitely update you with more updates as soon as they are available.
You can also read the 2015 Ford Ecosport review here