Ford India is no longer hiding EcoSport. Interiors of the upcoming Ford EcoSport SUV and automatic have been caught on camera! These are the first clear images of the interiors of the India bound EcoSport. All this hints at early arrival than stated January 2013.
The test mule of the EcoSport was a power-shift dual clutch Automatic variant. The EcoSport is a compact SUV in the true sense with compact dimensions and the AT variant gives it an edge over the Renault Duster which is its chief competitor. Also read: Ford Ecosport may be more value for money than Duster; will have more features!
The EcoSport looks a lot like the Global Fiesta Sedan from the inside and this parts sharing will also help Ford keep its price under check. The EcoSport has dark interiors like the Fiesta and in these images it does look a little low on space. The SUV is going to be a sub-4-metre vehicle to enjoy excise duty sops.
The EcoSport petrol will sport a 3-cylinder 1.0L EcoBoost engine that makes 190 bhp of power. The diesel version will likely get the 1.5-litre TCDi motor that powers the Fiesta diesel. This engine puts out just 90 bhp of power and 204 Nm of torque. The engines will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Also read: Ford EcoSport to launch in 1-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel variants
One of the EcoSport’s key rivals, the Renault Duster has launched in India and the company expects 95 per cent of its sales to come from the diesel variants. The EcoSport diesel too will be the preferred variant and Ford has a trump card up its sleeve in the form of an automatic variant.