Ford Ecosport Review & First Drive

Ford Ecosport Overview

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. Request a test drive for Ecosport in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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.

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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.

Ford Ecosport Design & Style

Changes to the face of this EcoSport S as compared to the standard car include a gloss black grille, blacked out fog lamp bezels and HID head lamps. The top has been trimmed out in full black while a sun roof (or fun roof as Ford calls it) has been added to this version. As a part of the S design package you also get these lovely looking diamond cut R17 alloy wheels and at the rear, a very sporty looking S badge. The large wheels in combination with forward leaning stance and blacked out elements on the fascia give the car an aggressive and angry look, something that really enhances the overall sporty feel of the car.

Ford Ecosport Cabin & Space

Now, this is where the EcoSport felt dated and Ford has addressed this issue. The dashboard layout is entirely new and so are the steering wheel, aircon vents and the instrument console with the multi-information display. The centre console and the door pads get orange finishing that breathes freshness into the cabin. There is an 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on offer. The new touchscreen is super responsive and also feels very smooth to use. The steering wheel houses controls for the infotainment system and cruise control etc. The quality of materials used inside the cabin is just impeccable.

The EcoSport gets all-new seats at the front and these are far more comfortable and supportive. The cushioning has been made softer too. At the rear, space is still limited and it is a difficult task to make 3 people sit. Knee room is less while head room is good and shoulder space is good enough too if only two passengers are sitting. However, the rear seat is still very comfortable and provides good support to the body.

Ford Ecosport Engine & Gearbox

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.

Ford Ecosport Ride & Handling

The Ford EcoSport has always had a fun-to-drive nature and the new car doesn’t miss out on the fun factor. The steering continues to feel light enough at city speeds while it weighs up nicely on the highways. It also offers a good amount of feedback. The suspension has been softened a bit which makes the ride a lot more better, though it is still a bit on the stiffer side. The new low-profile tyres on the top variants also add to the stiff ride while lower variants with higher profile tyres may make the ride feel a bit more softer. Grip from the new tyres is very good and braking performance on the EcoSport is also well-suited to the weight and size of the car.

Ford Ecosport Safety & Security

Ford offers two safety airbags for the driver and front passenger and ABS with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) as standard across all the variants. Other standard features include a seat belt warning system and child seat anchor point. The fully-loaded Titanium Plus gets six airbags, Brake Assist, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), Hill Hold Control and Traction Control System. It even gets rear parking sensors and a camera.

Ford Ecosport Price in Chennai

Ford Ecosport On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 8,30,726 to 13,07,514 for variants EcoSport 1.5 TIVCT Petrol Ambiente and EcoSport 1.5 Diesel Platinum Edition respectively. Ford Ecosport is available in 11 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Ford Ecosport variants price in Chennai. Check for Ecosport price in Chennai at Carzprice

Ford Ecosport Round Up

Even though this is just a mid-life facelift, Ford has made a lot of major changes and thus the EcoSport comes out as an extremely good offering in the compact SUV segment. In fact, it is one of the strongest contenders in this segment now. With low running costs (on diesel engine) and lower service costs that Ford is aiming for, the EcoSport won’t burn a hole in your pocket over the long term. For those who want something other than the Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon, we definitely recommend the Ford EcoSport to you.

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