Ford EcoSport Automatic gets a more affordable ‘Titanium AT’ variant

Ford India has just introduced a new variant on the EcoSport Automatic compact SUV. The sub-4 meter SUV gets a new Titanium AT trim, which is priced at Rs. 10.66 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The Ford EcoSport Titanium AT sits under the Titanium+ variant that’s priced at Rs. 11.66 lakh, making the former a lot more attractive to those seeking an automatic compact SUV that’s powerful and sturdy. The EcoSport AT takes on the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza and Tata Nexon in the automatic compact SUV segment.

The EcoSport Titanium AT is powered by a 1.5 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that puts out 120 Bhp-150 Nm, making it one of the most powerful offerings in its segment. The gearbox is a 6 speed torque converter unit known for its smooth and seamless shifts.

The EcoSport Titanium AT gets paddle shifters, a feature that is aimed at driving enthusiasts. This feature, along with the EcoSport’s well weighted steering, sorted suspension and sharp handling, makes it a great option for those who love to drive. In fact, the EcoSport AT is among the most fun-to-drive automatic SUVs in its segment.

The Ford EcoSport Titanium AT is BS6 compliant, and is offered with a slew of features. Some of the features highlights on this SUV include cruise control, keyless entry, start-stop button, a touchscreen infotainment system, ABS, EBD, dual airbags, traction control, electronic stability control and hill launch assist. The SUV also gets the FordPass smartphone app which enables users to remotely start or stop the engine of the SUV, and also lock/unlock the vehicle. The BS6 EcoSport is also available with a diesel engine option. The diesel is a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged unit with 98.6 Bhp-215 Nm outputs. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard with the diesel engine.

Sometime next year, the Ford EcoSport is likely to be offered with a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine borrowed from the Mahindra XUV300. Ford and Mahindra are now in alliance in India, and the EcoSport will be one of the first models to share engines with Mahindra vehicles. The 1.2 liter turbo petrol engine from the XUV300, in Sportz trim, will make about 130 Bhp-230 Nm, making the EcoSport the most powerful compact SUV in its class, along with its Mahindra sibling. It remains to be seen if the EcoSport Turbo Petrol gets an automatic gearbox option given the fact that the XUV300 Petrol is yet to gain one.