The compact-SUV segment is one of the most difficult segment to compete in, with manufacturers coming with updates regularly to ensure that their product is the latest one in the market and offers the most features. The Ecosport currently looks like the oldest vehicle because it has not got a significant update for a long time. There were rumours of a new generation of the Ecosport coming with the Mahindra alliance. However, both the manufacturers split the alliance. Here we have a new render of the Ecosport that has been done by SRK Designs for IndianAuto. The render takes inspirations from the spy shots that were earlier taken of an unknown Ford SUV.
From the rendering, we can see the grille has been enlarged and is a lot bigger than the current one. It is flanked by a set of LED Daytime Running Lamps which should double as turn indicators. The LED Daytime Running Lamps have a slight kink at the end. The headlamps are placed below, following the split headlamp trend. There are three separate LED projectors placed side by side. We have seen the same design on the Renault Kiger which was launched recently. There is also a grey faux skid plate to enhance the rugged look. From the side profile, we can see the overall proportions and design has not been changed, but we can see a new set of alloy wheels. There are no other changes made to the render.
The new Ecosport is also expected to get the 1.2-litre mStallion turbocharged petrol engine. The engine will be borrowed from Mahindra and it produces class-leading power and torque figures. The mStallion petrol engine can produce 130 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 230 Nm. The same engine will be available with the XUV300 Sportz, which is an upcoming variant. Currently, the Ecosport is offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 122 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 149 Nm whereas the diesel engine produces 100 PS of max power and 215 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines come with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, whereas the petrol engine also offers a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Ford is also working on a new C-SUV that will share the underpinnings like engine, chassis and suspension with the 2021 Mahindra XUV500. The new SUV has been codenamed CX757 internally and it has been designed by Pininfarina, which is owned by Mahindra itself. The interior of Ford’s SUV will be different from the XUV500 but the feature list is expected to be the same.
So, it should also come with a dual horizontal screen setup where one will be the touchscreen infotainment system and the other one will be the digital instrument cluster. The engine options are not known as of now, but it is very likely that Ford will be using the same 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine and the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that will come on the 2021 XUV500. Ford should launch the new SUV by the end of 2021.