One of the leading car makers in the lucrative Indian car market is Ford India. This highly reputed automotive manufacturer is said to be presently on the 6th position in the car market. This acclaimed automobile manufacturer has its head office in the metropolis of Chennai, which is in southern state of the Tamil Nadu. This company is the Indian subsidiary of the multinational automobile maker, Ford Motor Company, which is located in America. The passenger cars made by the company are renowned across the globe in all the markets for being incorporated with performance packed fuel efficient engines, which are dependable and equipped with impressive aspects. Their esteemed fleet in the country's market is splendid and has several automobiles, which are doing splendid business for the company. Ford India is said to be adding newer additions in their splendid fleet of vehicles with new entrants, which are been expected to enter the Indian car market very soon. There are reports which state that the impressive and increasingly becoming popular Ford Ecosport , which is an SUV. This SUV has a sleek and lustrous body line along with some other striking exterior features, which will certainly entice the customers. The interiors are done up luxuriously and have quite a number of plush aspects, which will make the occupants extremely comfortable. This upcoming Ford Ecosport SUV has new styling and design elements and roomy insides, which offer ample space to the passengers. The company is expected to furnish this SUV with best in class features, some of these advanced features might be a rear parking sensor with a visual display that helps in simpler parking of this SUV, a powerful air conditioner unit that cools the entire cabin efficiently within no time, a sophisticated audio system with speakers and a remote control along with other input options such as a USB interface and a Aux-In interface as well. This audio unit also has Bluetooth connectivity that makes it easier for the buyers to pair their phone with the music system and have a hands free operation of the mobile phone. The multifunctional steering wheel have been equipped with mounted audio and phone buttons, which further adds to the practicality of this SUV. Apart from all these, the company has also equipped this upcoming Ford Ecosport SUV with several other gadgets as well.
The company is offering this SUV with a petrol and a diesel engine option for the customers to choose from. The petrol mill is expected to be a 1.0-litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine, while the diesel option is said to be a 1.5-litre Duratorq mill, which has a common rail injection fuel supply system for better fuel efficiency. The petrol engine will be apparently offered in two options, one of them is said to be a 5-speed manual transmission variant and the other is a 6-speed power shift automatic transmission gear box based engine. This impressive diesel engine based Ford Ecosport trim is said to be equipped with a standard manual gear box transmission, but there might also be an option of an automatic gear box transmission with a power shift dual clutch launched later. Apart from these impressive engine options and the luxuriant comfort aspects, the company is expected to also incorporate some top of the line safety features as well in this incredible SUV. Some of them are a highly developed anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution system, a sophisticated central locking system with keyless entry and an engine immobilizer along with an alarm system to avoid any unwanted intrusion. Then the company has also equipped this upcoming SUV with a steadfast and reliable suspension mechanism along with a proficient braking system for the security of the passengers and the vehicle as well. All these and many more such features incorporated in this upcoming SUV is making it one of the most eagerly anticipated vehicles in the market.
Ford Ecosport Mileage
Ed's take: The fuel efficiency of the Ecosport is good, especially that of the diesel. It returns about 14-15km/l, just like the Fiesta.
There are no confirmed reports pertaining to the mileage of this upcoming SUV as of now. The petrol engine of Ford Ecosport is expected to be fitted with a proficient fuel supply system , which will enhance the fuel efficiency of this SUV. Apparently, the company claims that the mileage of this stylish SUV would be in the range of 20 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions. On the other hand, there is no information whatsoever on the mileage and fuel efficiency of the diesel engine variant, which are expected to be very proficient and reliable. But looking at the present trend, all the diesel engines are generating impressive mileage.
Power of Ford Ecosport
Ed's take: The most powerful engine on offer is the EcoBoost and it does feel like a 120bhp engine, and the figures are for real.
This upcoming Ford Ecosport SUV is expected to be introduced with a power packed 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, which will also be turbocharged for enhancing its performance. This petrol mill is said to be housed with three cylinders and will be coming in with two options, a manual as well as an automatic transmission variants and will have an efficient fuel supply system. This petrol engine is said to be churning out an incredible 122.5bhp output in combination with a thumping maximum torque yield of 170Nm, which is expected to be at 1500rpm. These petrol engines will also be equipped with a dual VVT (variable valve timing) to further enhance and augment its mileage and performance along with making it pertinent for the Indian road and traffic conditions. On the other hand, the diesel version will be equipped with a performance packed 1.5-litre Duratorq engine, which will have the highly acclaimed common rail injection based fuel supply system. This diesel mill is expected to produce about 90bhp of power along with an anticipated 204Nm of hammering torque output at 2000 – 2750rpm, which is quite good. This impressive diesel mill is said to be cleverly mated with a standard five speed manual transmission gear box as well.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Ed's take: The acceleration produced by the Ecosport is good and we like the way the Ecoboost engine performs.
The petrol engines come cleverly coupled with a manual as well as a automatic transmission gear box, which help in the acceleration as well as better pick up of this SUV. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol mill has the ability to generate a maximum torque of 170Nm in combination with a peak power that aids this SUV to reach a formidable top speed, which is rather thrilling. Whereas, the diesel engine also produces ample power and torque yield of about is said to be able to attain an exciting top speed, which is rather impressive for a vehicle of this size and stature. The actual top speed figures as well as the time taken to reach from 0 – 100 Kmph by these petrol and diesel based engines will be announced very shortly.
Ford Ecosport Exteriors
The outsides of this impressive SUV, Ford Ecosport are very stylish and have quite a number of striking aspects all over. The designers of the company seem to have done a flawless job with the overall structure of this SUV and have left no stone unturned to make it a stunner. The frontage of this SUV is immaculate with a wide radiator grille, which also has a thick chrome strip and some other chrome elements as well. This grille is affixed with a prominent Ford insignia in the center. This radiator grille is flanked by a large headlight cluster, which have been powered with high intensity halogen lights and side turn blinkers as well. The body colored font bumper has a broad air dam, which aids quicker cooling of the engine. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of bright round shaped fog lamps, which add to the visibility of the driver. The front windscreen has been made up of toughened laminated glass, which have been equipped with a pair of intermittent wipers. The side profile is smooth and lustrous with body colored pull type door handles and exterior rear view mirrors, which have been integrated with a side turn indicator on its outer tip. The wheel arches have been bestowed with sturdy yet light weight alloy wheels, which have been further covered with steadfast tubeless radial tyres, which can take on any terrain in the country. The rear end gets a large windscreen, which has a rear wash and wipe function along with a defogger, which helps the driver in adverse weather conditions. Then there is the bright tail lamp cluster, which has radiant lights and the regular badging of the company. This upcoming Ford Ecosport also has a rear spoiler, which is making it look sportier and it also has a high mounted stop lamp as well. The rear bumper gets a pair of reflectors, which adds to the safety quotient and also dual exhaust pipes that is making this SUV look masculine and rugged. The roof has been fitted with a couple of stylish roof rails, which adds to the elegance of this upcoming Ford Kuga and there is also a antenna, which is fitted on the roof. To top it all, it seems this SUV will also get body colored side skirts as well as scuff plates, which will add to the elegance of this upcoming SUV, which will shortly make its grand entry in the Indian car market.
The overall dimensions of this upcoming Ford Ecosport SUV are liberal and gives the passengers ample leg room along with apt head and shoulder space. The total length of this SUV is below four meters along with a comfortable overall width as well. The total height of this Ford Ecosport is rather good as it also has an unbeatable ground clearance of 200mm and it can seat five passengers without any difficulty. This upcoming SUV has an approach angle of an impressive 25 degrees along with a good departure angle of 35 degrees. The upcoming Ford Ecosport has a break over angle of about 35 degrees, which makes it an apt SUV for off road activities as well. Then this impressive yet to be launched SUV has 550mm of water wading height, which helps this SUV to glide easily off any shallow water areas on the roads.
Ford Ecosport Interior
Ed's take: The interior styling of the Ecosport is similar to that of the Fiesta, with a cockpit like design.
This yet to be launched Ford Ecosport SUV has been given refreshing and plush insides. Most of the aspects of the insides are said to be taken from the interior design that is prevalent in the Ford Fiesta sedan. The seating arrangement is very comfortable with plush seats that is covered with premium upholstery. The silver and black combination dash board has smoother surfaces and is made up of high quality material. The dash board and many other gadgets and a brilliant instrument cluster as well, which have quite a few notification lamps along with giving out vital information about the SUV to the driver, which is very important. The uber cool ice Blue back light illumination in the analogue dials and other meters of the cluster are captivating. This SUV has an adjustable drivers seat, so it can be adjusted in accordance to the requirement of the driver and gives a elevated driving position, which gives a good view of the outside. There are quite a few storage spaces inside this SUV, which will be of very good utility value to all the passengers. There are bottle and cup holders along with driver and front co-passengers sun visors, which might also have vanity mirrors integrated in it. Then there is a large glove box, which helps in storing quite a few handy things in it. This compact SUV will also feature a powerful air conditioning unit with heather that is expected to cool the entire cabin space within a very short span of time. The multifunctional power steering wheel is anticipated to be covered in leather and will also have mounted controls for the audio system as well as for the Bluetooth paired phone as well. Then there is expected to be a brilliant multi function driver information system, a tachometer, all four power windows for added comfort to all the passengers, seat belts for all the occupants. Then this compact upcoming SUV is also expected to be equipped with front and rear arm rest, which might also have cup holders along with some stowage space as well and many other such functions and aspects. The external wing mirrors are expected to be internally adjustable and there will also be an internal anti glare rear view mirror as well. It might be possible in Ecosport that the rear seats can be folded to increase the boot space. The cabin is expected to be calm and sound proof, so the diesel engine sound is not heard inside at all.
The company is expected to load this Ford Ecosport SUV with some very practical and much required comfort aspects, which will give lot of comfort to all the passengers. The inventory of these comfort features includes a powerful and efficient air conditioning unit with a heater, responsible for cooling (or heating) the entire cabin quickly, power windows, electric remote boot lid opener and an adjustable tilt power steering that is very responsive and helps in maneuvering the city roads very easily. Plus, the company is also expected to add a remote fuel lid opener besides an anti-drip wiper for the front windscreen that works in coordination with the intermittent wipers. This upcoming Ford Ecosport SUV is also expected to come fitted with a powerful music system with a CD player and several input options, such as a USB Port and Aux-In, in addition to FM radio, speakers and Bluetooth connectivity that gives a whole lot of varied options to the occupants. On top of all this, the driver seat gets to be of adjustable type, the external rear view mirrors get to be electrically adaptable and the front wipers get to be with variable intermittent nature. Then, there is a day and night inside rear view mirror and a front power point of 12V for charging mobiles and other equipment. This upcoming compact SUV also gets a couple of cup holders attached to the front center console besides foldable grab handles with coat hooks above both the rear doors. The door trim gets fabric inserts, which are expected to be accompanied by a vibrant coral IP and a deluxe floor console. The central console and the instrument cluster have quite a number of warning and notification lamps to keep the driver updated with the vital statistics of the vehicle. Some of these notifications are expected to be a combination of a digital odometer and a trip-meter, which helps the driver in keeping track of the distance traveled and of the distance that can be further covered before the fuel tank gets empty so as to keep the driver updated about re-fueling, a low fuel warning lamp, and a chime if the head lamp is left turned on after switching off the ignition in addition to a few more similar useful notifications. Apart from all these, there are a few other storage spaces to help the passengers keep a few important things handy for whenever they need them.
The amazing and captivating Ford Ecosport is a premium compact sports utility vehicle and the company is said to have blessed it with a lot of space inside. The interiors of this vehicle are lavish with plush seats, which provide good leg room along with ample head and shoulder space to all the occupants. This roomy sports utility vehicle can take in five passengers with ease and give them a very relaxing and luxuriant driving experience. These comfortable seats also have lumbar support, which makes the driving experience extremely pleasurable. The front and rear knee room is also adequate along with ample elbow room for all the passengers as well.
Ford Ecosport Engine and Performance
Ed's take: The engine and performance of the Ecoboost and the other two engines is good. The Ecoboost definitely having an edge in performance.
The yet to be launched Ford Ecosport SUV is said to make its foray with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine will have a manual as well as an automatic transmission variant, which will come with a 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine that will be equipped with three cylinders. This direct injection fuel supply system based turbocharged petrol engine is down sized to generate healthy mileage in the range of about 20 Kmpl, which will entice the customers. This engine is expected to churn out 122.5bhp and 170Nm of maximum torque at just 1500rpm. The diesel option is expected to be the 1.5-liter DuraTorq mill, which is said to be taken from the prevalent Ford Fiesta diesel sedan variant, but is said to have a different calibration. This diesel motor is said to generate about 90bhp and is skilfully coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box.
The company is expected to equip the pronounced and neatly carved out wheel arches of this stylish and charming SUV, Ford Ecosport with a classy set of light weight alloy wheels of 16 inches. These modish set of gleaming alloy rims are further equipped with sturdy tubeless radial tyres, which have a superior grip on the roads and makes the driving experience comfortable. Apart from these, the company has also fitted a full size spare wheel on the tail gate of this SUV, which might be a standard features across all the variants that are to be launched in the country.
Braking & Handling
Ed's take: Fords are known for their handling and the Ecosport is no different. The chassis is flexible and does drive well on bad roads and even on bends.
This upcoming Ford Ecosport SUV is being expected to come equipped with a powerful braking system along with a robust system . The front wheels of this impressive compact SUV are said to be incorporated with ventilated discs, which help in proficient braking. While the rear wheels might get a drum based braking mechanism that performs quite well on any road conditions. The front axle of this SUV might be fitted an independent McPherson strut type of mechanism with dual path mounts. Whereas, the rear axle might get a semi independent twist beam along with coil springs for enhanced comfort for the rear passengers. Both these systems put together ensure that the passengers as well as the SUV are stable and well balanced.
Handling & Safety
Ed's take: The safety features on the Ecoboost is good and has six airbags, which no other SUV in this segment offers.
The list of the safety features that are anticipated to be fitted in this SUV consists of quite a number of varied aspects. The inventory might comprise of dual front airbags for added protection of the front passengers and side curtain airbags as well. Then this SUV might also get an ESP (electronic stability program), rear parking sensors for making the parking simpler, a hill launch assist, ABS (anti lock braking system) along with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and seat belts for all the passengers as well. Apart from all these, this SUV might also get front and rear fog lamps, side moldings and a lot of other such aspects as well.
Stereo & Accessories in Ford Ecosport
Ed's take: The Ecosport is loaded with several brownies and not just must haves like SYNC is something absolutely new to the Indian car market.
The company is said to equip this yet to be launched compact SUV with a sophisticated audio system with speakers and a remote control along with other input options such as a USB interface and a Aux-In interface as well. This audio unit also has Bluetooth connectivity that makes it easier for the buyers to pair their phone with the music system and have a hands free operation of the mobile phone. The multifunctional steering wheel have been equipped with mounted audio and phone buttons, which further adds to the practicality of this SUV.
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Pros & Cons
Ford Ecosport Pros :
Formidable yet elegant exteriors, plush insides loaded with good features, powerful engine options.
Ford Ecosport Cons :
Many more features can be integrated, price should be competitive for achieving success in the Indian car market.