The Ford Ecosport had been revived in 2016. There were some additional features, more power on offer. There had been a change in the price as well. The Ford Ecosport now has got a new touchscreen and a new variant called Ecosport Platinum Edition. This is the new top-of-the-line variant.
The new touchscreen will be an 8-inch one. The interface will offer Navigation, DVD video player, reverse camera and also exact door open warning. Ford will be deleting a few features across the range. The Trend variants will not have such as reclining rear seats, rear defogger, rear wash & wipe, vanity lamp, driver seat height adjust, 60:40 split for rear seats, and the seat storage box. The Trend+ variant will get black plastic roof rails instead of silver ones. the Platinum variant gets additional features like 17-inch alloy wheels, maps, reverse parking camera, cruise control, front and rear bumper appliques and dual tone paint scheme with a blacked-out roof.
|Model||Price (on-road, New Delhi)|
|1.5 Ambiente – Petrol||INR 7.34 lakhs|
|1.5 Trend – Petrol||INR 8.14 lakhs|
|1.5 Titanium – Petrol||INR 9.41 lakhs|
|1.5 Titanium Auto||INR 10.57 lakhs|
|1.0 Trend+||INR 8.99 lakhs|
|1.0 Titanium+||INR 10.39 lakhs|
|1.5 Ambiente – Diesel||INR 8 lakhs|
|1.5 Trend – Diesel||INR 8.8 lakhs|
|1.5 Trend+ – Diesel||INR 9.32 lakhs|
|1.5 Titanium – Diesel||INR 10.07 lakhs|
|1.5 Titanium+ – Diesel||INR 10.72 lakhs|
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The new Ford EcoSport is available in a new colour called Golden Bronze with 7 others including Mars Red, Diamond White, Panther Black, Kinetic Blue, Moondust Silver, Chill Metallic, and Smoke Grey.
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The facelifted Ecosport’s design and dimensions remains largely unchanged. The new car retains the assertive front-end but now gets revised head-lamps with an LED strip as parking lights and do not work as day-time running lights. There aren’t any other visual changes. Buyers have loved the design of the Ecosport and they will continue to buy the same design. Ford didn’t want to change its successful formula. This compact SUV has been liked by many for its design.
Ford Ecosport continues with the same interior design. This has now started to look old. The Ford Ecosport gets the same centre console with a lot of buttons, which makes it look cluttered. The screen at the centre can be controlled by these buttons. The black and silver form the interior colours. The instrument cluster is made of twin dials that can be easily read, with driver information system. Steering wheel is the same like on other Fords.
In terms of features, the Ford Ecosport now gets automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers. The Ecosport’s front seats have good space be it leg room or head room. For the rear seats, the knee room can be tight, if you recalling your rear seat, there is an increase in the knee room. The boot of the Ford Ecosport at 346 litres is decently large, and with the rear seats having double fold, there is a lot more room at the rear.
In terms of safety, the new compact SUV gets up to 6 airbags and the Emergency Assistance feature that uses SYNC and a Bluetooth-paired phone to call emergency services automatically and provide information about the vehicle and location. Ford India has also introduced a new trim-level in the 2016 Ford EcoSport line-up – Trend+, while the Titanium (O) variant has been renamed to Titanium+.
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Moving on to the new Ford EcoSport’s engine options, the carmaker continues to offer the compact SUV with a choice of 3 options: the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, and the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol. While the performance numbers of the petrol motors are the same, the diesel engine has been re-tuned to deliver improved and minimizing turbo lag. As far as Ford EcoSport transmission options go, a 5-speed manual is the standard provision with the option of a 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission albeit only with the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol.
Ford seems to have used a bit more insulation because the engine noise is well damped at idle, and it remains smooth when accelerating, only getting intrusive at high revs. It’s not a drastic change, but refinement levels are noticeably better than before. The engine delivers very linear acceleration and it’s now even more responsive. The big difference is felt in the way the car picks up speed from low revs and delivers good performance throughout the rev band. You can keep it one gear higher and stay in third gear in traffic for a longer time. The car also feels quicker.
The Ford Ecosport has a 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine which is the most powerful option. This engine churns about 125bhp of power. Comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission that is easy to shift. The throws are short and are well spaced. In terms of performance, this is our pick, especially for those who give high importance to it. For those who need better performance, this is the ideal pick. Driving in city with this engine is a breeze. There is more than sufficient power in this mill. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is for those who need a regular petrol SUV with normal performance.
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|1.5 Petrol||12 km/l|
|1.5 Petrol Auto||12 km/l|
|1.5 Diesel||16 km/l|
|1.0 Petrol||11 km/l|
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With this update Ford has addressed most of the minor niggles inside the cabin, but it’s the engine upgrade that’s the master stroke. It doesn’t result in a major price increase either, which makes the new Ford EcoSport an even more compelling package.
|Ground Clearance||200 mm|
|Boot space||346 litres|
|Fuel Tank||52 litres|
|Transmission||5-speed manual/ 6-speed DCT|
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