A Ford EcoSport test mule without camouflages was spotted testing in Chennai. The test mule had ‘TDCI’ badge at the rear boot lid indicating that it’s a diesel variant. The ‘Titanium’ badge hinted that the test mule was a top-end variant loaded with many features.
The EcoSport test mule has a good road presence, thanks to its impressive (200 mm) ground clearance and proper SUV proportions despite its compact dimensions. The test mule had rear fenders and front bumpers in silver shades while the rest of the car had a white body color.
Also see: Ford EcoSport Car Research Hub
Ford may have been testing the car with parts carried from lower variants because the front bumper of the test mule did not have chrome elements on the grille and fog lamps were absent as well. These features are expected in the top-end variants.
The TDCI badge suggests that Ford is testing the EcoSport with a diesel engine. The diesel motor is likely to be sourced from the new Fiesta diesel (1.5-litre) engine that puts out 90 Bhp of power and 204 Nm of torque. The EcoSport will also come with a 1-litre, 3-cylinder, EcoBoost petrol engine that puts out 118.4 bhp (120 PS) of power with an expected fuel efficiency of 20 Kmpl.
The EcoSport is expected to come with features such as a smart start (engine start button), hill launch assist, steering mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity, voice activated controls (using Sync) and safety features such as ABS, ESP and traction control. Also read: EcoSport photo gallery
The Ford EcoSport will take on the upcoming Renault Duster and Mahindra mini-Xylo compact SUVs. Expect the EcoSport to hit the market by early 2013.
The EcoSport was showcased at the Auto Show in China, and here’s a walkaround of the EcoSport by its chief designer:
Source & photos: IndianAutosBlog