Ford will likely launch a Fiesta based compact SUV to called the EcoSport (code name: B515) in early 2012. There are speculations that the Eco Sport will have a length of less than four meters in order to qualify as a small car as per government norms.

The Eco Sport 5-seater will likely have a starting price of Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh and could go up to Rs. 10 lakh for the top-end variant. When launched, the Ec Sport will have virtually no competition apart from the Premier Rio.

ford ecosport 2012

Looks and Features

Sharing the ‘B’ platform on which the Fiesta hatchback (international model) sits, the Eco Sport will also have design elements that resemble the Fiesta. The Eco Sport will likely have chrome inserts on the front grille, a headlamp cluster similar to the new Fiesta sedan and triangular fog lamps. As expected from SUVs, the Eco Sport will likely have large wheels, flared wheel arches and high ground clearance for occasional off-road adventures. Also read: Ford Fiesta automatic: First drive

The Eco Sport may have interiors similar to the Fiesta, but in order to price it aggressively, Ford my strip off gizmos like the voice activated controls offered in the sedan. Expect decent headroom, legroom and shoulder room while the boot space will likely be more than what is offered in premium hatchbacks.

ford ecosport rendering

Engines

The Eco Sport is expected to get engines from the Figo and the new Fiesta sedan. The Eco Sport petrol version may be powered by a 1.2-litre engine that powers the Figo petrol. This engine makes 71 bhp of power and 102 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and has ARAI-certified mileage of 15.6 kmpl.

The Eco Sport diesel version may be powered by a 1.5-litre engine that powers the Fiesta sedan. This 1.5-litre motor is turbocharged and inter-cooled and puts out 89.7 bhp of maximum power and 204 Nm of maximum torque. This engine too is mated to a 5-speed transmission and gives a mileage of 23.5 km/litre as per ARAI ratings.

The Eco Sport will come under the American car maker’s ‘One Ford’ strategy in which the company makes products for the global market rather than for specific markets. Hence, like the Figo the Eco Sport too will likely be manufactured at Ford’s Chennai plant and exported to South Africa and other Asia-Pacific markets.  Do you think the Eco Sport can attract buyers of premium hatchbacks or entry sedans in India?

(Photo courtesy: autoexpress.co.uk)

26 replies

  1. Profile photo of Prabhsimran Singh Kalsi
    Prabhsimran Singh Kalsi answers:

    This car will be best in hatchbach +mini suv segment

  2. Profile photo of Vivek Raghunathan
    Vivek Raghunathan answers:

    Interesting! Mohamed Shan Any idea?

  3. Profile photo of Quedo Keeran
    Quedo Keeran answers:

    cool car..looks kiddish n sporty?

  4. Profile photo of Ashish Sharma
    Ashish Sharma answers:

    down on bhp……

  5. Profile photo of Pradeep Nair
    Pradeep Nair answers:

    super uber cool car..

  6. Profile photo of Parmeet Singh
    Parmeet Singh answers:

    This could be a Gr8 Seller!

  7. Profile photo of Laiq Ali
    Laiq Ali answers:

    looks great………..

  8. Profile photo of Markand Joshi
    Markand Joshi answers:

    Well I mean, Yeah it is lookin’ great but ain’t it less powered as it is lookin?

  9. Profile photo of Aziz Shaikh
    Aziz Shaikh answers:

    Looks nyc…

  10. Profile photo of Vijay Kale
    Vijay Kale answers:

    If ground clearance is like SUV then hat’s Off.

  11. Profile photo of Kesang Dorjee
    Kesang Dorjee answers:

    wow looks really cool.

  12. Profile photo of Asif Mohd
    Asif Mohd answers:

    Adobe Photoshop Transform tool used to Pull the Fiesta Desing and Designed a new SUV… lol :) jus kidding.

  13. Profile photo of Sarat Kiran K
    Sarat Kiran K answers:

    Could have added one more variant with a powerful motor.

  14. Profile photo of Hrishi Acharya
    Hrishi Acharya answers:

    Yes why not if thsi Suv is prperly priced with good mileage and with lots of features and with good A.S.S..den surely this will b 1 of d best seeling Suv from Ford.more powerful engines r expected woth more bhp. waiting for the launch of Figo the Eco Sport.compare to premier rio it is a better looking.

  15. Profile photo of Sardar Singh Shekhawat
    Sardar Singh Shekhawat answers:

    Ford Rocks , I will sure replace my figo with Eco Sport…done deal.

  16. Profile photo of Siddharth Sud
    Siddharth Sud answers:

    if they could have a 100+ bhp turbo diesel and 4x4l…this car will set the Indian market on fire!

  17. Profile photo of Kaushik Sengupta
    Kaushik Sengupta answers:

    Why the sad face grille? Ford could work on that….

  18. Profile photo of Davinder Singh Randhawa
    Davinder Singh Randhawa answers:

    very smart looks.

  19. Profile photo of Sam Banz
    Sam Banz answers:

    ford ma frvt :)

  20. Profile photo of Hrushi Joshi
    Hrushi Joshi answers:

    god car!

  21. Profile photo of Ayush Verma
    Ayush Verma answers:

    hmmmm vry nyc…. 2012 is vry lucky 4 youngsters…

  22. Profile photo of Sambit Kar
    Sambit Kar answers:

    Ford going Mahindra’s way….awesum looks, very less power, within budget….. it wld definitly sell in mass…

  23. Profile photo of Andrea Gerard Gonsalves
    Andrea Gerard Gonsalves answers:

    hope it comes with Shift on the fly 4wd.

Leave a Reply