Sub-4 meter compact SUV segment is one of the most popular segments in India. It is so trending that almost all the manufacturers have at least one product in this segment. The SUV that had started this trend in India was Ford EcoSport. It has been in the market for a very long time and has started to feel a bit outdated only because the competition has raised the bar with feature loaded products. Ford EcoSport is a no nonsense compact SUV that competes with Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 in the segment. We have seen several modified EcoSport SUVs in the past and here we have an all-black EcoSport that has been tastefully modified.
The images of this tastefully modified EcoSport has been shared by akshay_anil93 on his Instagram page. Number of modifications haave been done to the SUV to give it this butch look. First his that one would notice on this Ford EcoSport is that all the chrome garnishes and inserts have either been removed or replaced. This has given the SUV a much more aggressive stance from the front. This modified EcoSport is called ‘Black Panther’ because of its overall black theme.
The stock grille at the front has been replaced with a Raptor style grille with LED lights in them. The Ford lettering on the grille has also been blacked out. Coming down to the bumper, it still has the stock silver finished skid plate and a red coloured dummy tow hook is also installed at the front. Coming to the side profile, the main noticeable change here is the Plati 8 J 16 inch concave wheels. It also uses Bosch ceramic brake pads. The all black alloy wheels and red painted calipers go well with the overall aggressive look of the SUV. Other than the wheels, it gets a blindspot mirror and Thule ProRide Replica Mounts on the roof.
All the labels on the EcoSport have been removed and the headlights and tail lights are smoked. The headlight now gets projector HID lamps. Nothing much has been done to the interior of the SUV. Just like the exterior it also follows an all-black theme. The work on this project had started during the lockdown earlier this year and the overall cost of modification was around Rs 1.70 lakh. After looking at the images, it quite obvious why the owner chose to call it ‘Black Panther’ and the modifications do justify the name. The overall look and feel of the car looks great and the work done is also neat.
This is a 2017 model 1.5 diesel EcoSport and as of now, no changes have been done to the engine department. As mentioned above, we have seen several modified Ford EcoSport SUVs across the country and ‘Black Panther’ is definitely a tastefully modified example among them. Ford has been working on an all-new EcoSport for international markets. Render images of the same had surfaced online few months ago. It is not known whether we would get the new version here in India or not. Current version is available with 1.5 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engine options. Only the petrol engine gets an automatic transmission option.