Ford unveiled the facelifted version of the Ecosport last year, however the same is yet to make it to the Indian market. The company has started testing the car here extensively and our reader Maneet came across this vehicle and sent us these images.
The car will get a cosmetic update as well as feature a refreshed dashboard design. On the outside, the new vehicle will get a new grill, headlamps, larger fog lamps, a new skid plate and new LED DRLs. In addition to that, the headlamps will now get projectors, as opposed to the normal headlamps the current Ecosport gets.
The rear end receives a minor update with a change in the tail lamp cluster. While the global model doesn’t get the spare wheel on the boot, the Indian version will continue to get it on the boot, as can be seen from the spyshot posted. The vehicle has also been spotted with black alloy wheels (17″ ones most likely, from the current top of the line model).
On the inside, you get a new dashboard and a touch screen system, which will replace the cluttered buttons that the outgoing model possesses. It will also get a new steering wheel. The touch screen infotainment system will mostly feature Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Under the hood, we expect the same engines to do duty. So you will get the 1.5 liter diesel engine making 99 Bhp and 205 Nm, the 1.0 liter Ecoboost making 123 Bhp and the 1.5 liter petrol engine which comes mated to the 6-speed DCT automatic gearbox.
Ford did give the Ecosport a new variant earlier in the year equipping it with a touch screen, however that was just to keep the model alive till the new one comes. We expect the Ecosport to be launched by the middle part of the year and also expect the car to be competitively priced, to take back market share from the Brezza. Tata will also launch the Nexon at a similar time, which means competition is going to get tougher to beat.