What is the 2019 Ford EcoSport India?
Ford EcoSport is one of the highest selling Ford cars in India. Since its launch back in 2014, it has sold a great number of units. In addition to great sales, it also kick-started the trend of sub-four meter compact SUVs, which has since turned into the highest growing segment on the Indian market.
The 2019 Ford EcoSport India received a new makeover, as an important part of the product lifecycle of the car. What is new? The car got a new face, a redesigned cabin, and a whole new petrol engine. It continues to battle against the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Mahindra TUV300, and the Tata Nexon models, for the dominance on the market in this class.
What is more, the prices of the new and facelifted EcoSport remain unchanged in comparison to the older model. Read the remainder of the article to learn more about what is new on the car.
The new Exterior
Regarding the outside of the Ford EcoSport, the new look brings us a fresh fascia and an updated rear end. The hexagonal grille has been reworked, in a way that eliminated the thin strip on the top of the main grille, which houses the blue oval on the now previous model.
On the front end, the bumper is completely redesigned. It received larger but squared-off fog lamps, as well as a pair of LED DRL. The shape of the headlights remained the same, but they are now a bit bigger than before, which really gives this car a much-needed refreshment in this segment.
The 17-inch alloy wheels also got treated with an attractive new design with this facelift, but it is only available on the top-spec variant of the model. Color-wise, seven are available. These are absolutely black, canyon ridge, diamond white, lightning blue, moonlight silver, race red, and smoke grey.
Interior of the car
Regarding the inside of the Ford, the most prominent change, like many other new models, is the large floating infotainment screen, which is mounted on top of the center console. When buying the car, you get the choice of either a 6.5-inch or an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, depending on the trim level and the package you wish to get.
The infotainment system integrates comes with the new SYNC3 connectivity system by Ford, which also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration compatibility, with the all-important smartphone connectivity every modern car needs. Ford also offers automatic climate control, ISOFIX, automatic headlamps, cruise control, glove box illumination, rain-sensing wipers, and tire pressure monitoring system.
All of these are available on the top-of-the-line type of the new EcoSport, the Titanium+. In addition to all of this, the top-spec also comes equipped with hill start assist, ESC and traction control, to help you both off and on road. When it comes to the base variant of the new EcoSport, it has two airbags, on for the driver and one for the front passenger, ABS, and EBD. All three features are standard.
The powertrain of the Car
Now to the good stuff. Under the hood, the new Ford EcoSport received a brand new 1.5-liter, three-pot petrol engine, straight from the Dragon family. This naturally aspirated motor gives out 120 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, and a maximum torque of 150 Nm at 4,500 rpm.
The engine comes either with a five-speed manual gearbox or with a six-speed automatic. On the other hand, the diesel engine is the same 1.5-liter turbodiesel as before, offering 99 horsepower at 3,750rpm, and a maximum torque of 205 Nm at 1,750 rpm. Overall, the Ford EcoSport is the only compact crossover that has a petrol automatic engine option.