Ford has begun testing a new facelifted version of the Ecosport. The new Ecosport Facelift is expected to launch by the end of this year. The changes will only be cosmetic as this is an attempt by Ford to make Ecosport look fresh against its rivals. Ford is also working on a new generation of the Ecosport which is expected to make its way in India in 2023.
Changes to the Ecosport as seen from the pictures is a new more aggressive front bumper design. The grille is now much bigger and goes in line with the grille design that we have seen on more recent Ford vehicles. The LED Daytime Running Lamps have been shifted from the headlamps to the lower half of the bumper. They are now shaped in an inverted L. We also now have circular fog lamps.
The only other change that is visible from the pictures is the new 5-spoke alloy wheels. There is no camouflage at the rear which means there will be no changes to the rear profile. Ford can also make some changes to the cabin of the Ecosport also. However, this is not confirmed. We can expect redesigned dashboard, updated SYNC3 infotainment system, wireless charger and updated upholstery.
Ford was also working with Mahindra to introduce a new 1.2-litre mStallion turbo petrol engine in the Ecosport. However, the partnership was called off last year. So, there will be no mechanical changes to the Ecosport. Ford offers the Ecosport with a petrol and a diesel engine.
Both have a capacity of 1.5-litre. The three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 121 bhp of max power and 150 Nm of peak torque. The four-cylinder diesel engine produces 99 bhp of max power and 215 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The petrol engine is also offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Ford launched SE variant
Ford also launched a SE variant of the Ecosport that misses out on the tailgate-mounted spare wheel. Ford said that they took feedback from the consumers who wanted an international spec Ecosport. In the foreign markets, the Ecosport is sold without a tailgate-mounted spare wheel. The SE variant comes with tubeless tyres, a tyre pressure monitoring system and a puncture repair kit. The SE variant sits between Titanium and Sports variant.
Rivals and pricing
Ford Ecosport will continue to rival other compact SUVs like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV 300, Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet and Toyota Urban Cruiser. The base price of the Ford Ecosport is Rs. 8.19 lakhs ex-showroom while the top-end variant costs Rs. 11.69 lakhs ex-showroom.
The design of the Ecosport does look dated when compared to the rivals. This has an impact on the sales figures of the Ecosport. Because the new generation of the Ecosport will still take time to launch in the Indian market, it makes sense for the manufacturer that they are launching a facelift to freshen things up. Ford is also working on a new generation of Endeavour.