The EcoSport has been one of the highest selling Ford cars in India since its launch in 2014. It kick-started the sub-four metre compact SUV segment which has now turned out to be the highest growing segment in the Indian car market. The EcoSport now got a makeover as a part of its product lifecycle. It now gets a new face, redesigned cabin and a new petrol engine. The updated EcoSport continues its fray with the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Mahindra TUV300 and the Tata Nexon. The prices for the facelifted EcoSport remains unchanged over the older model.
The facelifted EcoSport brings in a fresh fascia and an updated rear. The hexagonal grille is now reworked, eliminating the thin strip atop the main grille which houses the blue oval on the outgoing model. The front bumper is entirely redesigned with a larger but squared-off fog lamps and LED DRLs. The headlights retain the shape, but they are now bigger than before, lending the car a much-needed refreshment. The 17-inch alloy wheels gets an attractive design with the facelift but is available on the top-spec variant.
The most prominent change on the inside is the large floating infotainment screen mounted atop the centre console. There is a choice of either a 6.5-inch or an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system depending on the trim level. The infotainment system integrates Ford’s new SYNC3 connectivity system which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration compatibility with seamless smartphone connectivity. Ford offers automatic climate control, ISOFIX, automatic headlamps, glove box illumination, cruise control, rain sensing wipers and tyre pressure monitoring system on the top-of-the-line Titanium+ variant. Moreover, the top-spec also comes with hill start assist, ESC and traction control as well. Even the base variant of the new EcoSport have two airbags (driver and front passenger) as standard along with ABS and EBD.
Under the hood of the new EcoSport is a new 1.5-litre three-pot petrol engine of the Dragon family. The naturally aspirated motor produces 120bhp at 6,500rpm and a max torque of 150Nm at 4,500rpm. The engine can be had with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is the same 1.5-litre turbodiesel putting out 99 bhp at 3,750rpm and a max torque of 205Nm at 1,750rpm. The EcoSport is the only compact crossover with a petrol automatic option.