The Ford Ecosport is a car that need no introduction. Well we all are aware that this is the car which had begun the compact SUV segment in India. Since its launch it had really done well in the sales numbers. But with the introduction of new cars in the segment the charm of Ford Ecosport faded a bit, that’s why it needed a facelift to stand in the compact SUV segment. And here it is, after a long time with a much better, updated & more aggressive all new face lifted Ford Ecosport. Is it really a facelift or just a makeover, let’s find out.
New Ford Ecosport Exteriors & Design
The design changes are evolutionary than revolutionary, you do have the same design with the all new front and slightly spruced up back, but now the look is quite smart and attractive to attract the consumers. In the front you get a smart new grill that resembles the ford endeavour which looks really cool, it raises the bar of the Ford Ecosport by a huge margin.
There is a new setup for the all new projector headlamps with LED DRL’s which in our view are the best on offer in this segment. The sharper edges of the headlamps reminds you of the Mustang design which is not a bad thing at all. On the lower side of the bumper we have smart looking fog lamps with indicator mounted in it.
Now ford had tried to make the face attractive and it had worked really well. At the back nothing has much change and you do get the same design with spare wheel mounted on the tailgate. Coming to the side the proportions and design are the same with the new set of 16 and 17 inch alloy wheels which look good.
Ford Ecosport Facelift 2017 Interiors
Unlike the exteriors, the interiors are now smartly updated, it seems that ford has been listening to people & had done a great job with the interiors, changing it in every aspect possible. Be it the design, technology or features, Ford had completely revamped the interiors and changed the whole layout of the dashboard.
In the centre you get a big tablet like touchscreen as an infotainment system which has a lots of functions and features, compatible with apple car play and android auto, which is a standard now a days. It comes with ford sync system which is a handy feature to use. The touchscreen works really well and touch response is really good.
You also get auto climate control, central armrest, cooled glove box, a new instrument cluster, an all-new leather wrap steering with controls on it, a seven colour ambient lightning, voice commands, leather upholstery. The quality of plastic is really raised from the earlier car and soft touch materials are used in the car.
Ford had really packed the car with features. At the back the rear legroom is same as earlier and it is not as spacious as the Vitara Brezza or the Tata Nexon but it’s decent. Now the seats a bit more supportive and it’s a decent place to be at the back. Overall it’s a very upmarket cabin & is really ergonomically good place to be in.
Engine & Performance
On the engine front we have the tried and tested ford’s 1.5 litre diesel engine mated to a five speed manual transmission which gives 100 PS of power with 205 NM of torque, this engine is a good engine which starts to give power at relatively low rpm’s and is a refined unit too. Ford claimed this engine to give a mileage of 23 kmpl.
This time the petrol motor is all new with a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated 3 cylinder petrol engine which provides 123 PS power and 150 NM of torque. This engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox or a 6 speed auto with paddle shifters. The engine is a punchy unit and it’s very refined too.
You don’t feel the usual clatter which you seen on 3 cylinder engines. Ford claims to give about 17 kmpl for the manual variant and 14.8 kmpl for the automatic variant. Both the engines are really fun to drive but it’s the diesel which feel punchier here due to the amount of torque which it offers.
|Fuel Type||Transmission Type||Mileage / Average|
Price Bracket Of The 2017 Ford Ecosport In India
Now the new Ecosport is priced between Rs. 7.31 lakh for the base model and goes upto to Rs. 10.99 lakh for Top Spec. model.
|New 2017 Ford Ecosport Model||Expected Ex-showroom Price Bracket|
|Base Petrol||Rs. 7.31 Lakh|
|Top Petrol||Rs. 10.99 Lakh|
|Base Diesel||Rs. 8.02 Lakh|
|Top Diesel||Rs. 10.67 Lakh|
Ride & Handling
Since its launch Ecosport has always been a drivers car, as the handling which it provides was way ahead of cars of its segment. The steering always give tremendous feedback to the car. With the new generation of Ford Ecosport, ford has made the ride of the car a bit soft, keeping in mind the need of the customers and handling is spot on.
The suspension gives a good balance between ride and handling, the body roll is minimum and the tyres gives you enough feedback around the corners. The car is really stable at triple digit speeds and the cabin also feel well insulated inside the car. The person inside the car will not feel fatigue on long journeys. It’s a good package overall.
Now as we know Ford don’t compromise when it comes to safety. It offers dual airbags with ABS and EBD in all the trims and 6 airbags with ABS, EBD, EBA, ESC, TCS and HLA on the top end trims. Ford take full marks on the overall safety of the vehicle.
The passengers are sure footed and relax on the road. It gives a safe and secure drive to the customers.
With Vitara Brezza leading the sales numbers and the introduction of all new Tata Nexon the competition has become a lot tougher. With the updated face the Ford Ecosport will surely attract consumers because it has everything which a modern day car should have from technology to comfort. With the pricing set right the car has everything which a consumers wants & surely will provide a tough competition to its rivals.