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New Ford EcoSport - What's in store?

Snapshot: Ford EcoSport seems to be losing ground to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, however it may not continue for long. Ford has plans, read what the updated EcoSport might offer.

The current generation EcoSport is a fine car and perhaps the most successful car from Ford in India yet. Showcased at the Los Angeles auto show, the new EcoSport has great significance for India, as the current generation car has started to lose ground in this space. It’s expected to be launched in India in the first quarter of 2017 and we think, you would be thanking Ford for it, provided the car remains unchanged and most of the features make it in the Indian version. 

We keep our fingers crossed. Here’s what it might offer.

Exterior

The front now looks Kuga inspired and carries visible changes to headlamps assembly. Headlights are now noticeably bigger, and along with redesigned bumper and triangular fog-lamps it make the front looks less bulky. On the sides, you would notice that silhouette remains unchanged, though the car does find newer set of alloy wheels. Another small difference worth noticing is the chrome strip that runs along the waist and gives a touch of premium-ness. The rear remains largely untouched. Door-mounted spare wheel may be retained for the Indian version, unlike what some pictures suggest.

Engine and transmission

The Indian version is unlikely to get the larger 2-litre engine choice and would continue to sell with the set of motors 1.0-litre turbo petrol, 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. The car would be manufactured in India and would be exported to other world markets where it would offer option of automatic and manual transmission with all engine options. In India though, it’s most likely to offer automatic with the 1.5-litre motor. An AWD would also be in the offing in other world markets, India is unlikely to get that as well.    

Interior

It’s an all new car, and changes to the interiors are more than substantial. A major shortcoming would be addressed and a touchscreen would find its way on the dash. Other highlights would be an all-new steering wheel and revised dash. Though the pictures reveal orange highlights (Ford calls it Bold Copper) for the dash, seats and cross bar, we do not expect them to be available with all variants of the Indian car. Instead we expect glossy plastic and silver accents. The overall switchgear quality is expected to improve and better than what you see today.

Features

The SYNC system would be the latest iteration - SYNC-3 and would support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This time you would get Navigation too. It’s expected that it would be mild-hybrid and would integrate a start-stop system, though this may be limited to certain variants only.

Although the car showcased also gets a sun roof, it’s unlike that it would be seen in the Indian version of the car. Current car offers the finest quality music system. 

We expect the upcoming B & O Play coupled with 10 speakers and a touchscreen to be even better.

It’s expected that the Ford would not want to lose the momentum and would launch the car as soon as it can.

With the upcoming Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and other compact SUVs, it seems like this space would soon turn into a battleground.

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