The Ford EcoSport compact crossover that’s sold in India has just received a major infotainment system upgrade. The crossover now features the AppLink software. The AppLink software loaded onto the Ford EcoSport’s SYNC infotainment interface that also features voice recognition technology, helps the user download compatible mobile applications (apps) to her/his smartphone and use the infotainment system to access these apps on the move. AppLink also encourages mobile app developers to build applications that suit Ford cars. The first Ford car to feature this technology in India was the Fiesta sedan facelift, which was launched here late last year.
With that, the Ford EcoSport becomes the second Ford car in India to feature the AppLink function on the SYNC infotainment interface. Given the fact that the AppLink is a software upgrade, existing EcoSport owners who have the SYNC infotainment system on their vehicles will be able to upgrade the interface to add the AppLink function. Apart from this feature addition, the 2015 EcoSport sold here is similar to the one sold in 2014, in terms of engine and transmission options, and features. The crossover is sold with naturally aspirated petrol (1.5 Ti-VCT), turbo petrol (1.0 EcoBoost) and turbo diesel (1.5 TDCI) engine options, while transmission options include 5 speed manual and 6 speed twin clutch automatic (PowerShift) options.
The best selling vehicle in Ford India’s range, the EcoSport was launched in 2013. The crossover is expected to get a mid life makeover next year, with cosmetic changes and feature additions. The vehicle is built at Ford’s Maramalainagar factory, near Chennai, and is not only sold in India but is also exported to many countries around the globe. Ford has recently opened a vehicle customization division at its Chennai factory, by means of which buyers can order personalized versions of the EcoSport, straight from the factory floor.