The Ford EcoSport S is just weeks away from being launched in India. Ford dealers across the country have already begun receiving demo cars, and it’s a matter of time before pre-bookings open. The EcoSport S is India’s first ‘affordable’ performance SUV. Here are five major changes that the EcoSport S will feature to differentiate itself from the regular EcoSport compact SUVs currently available in the Indian market.
The EcoSport S will use a 1 litre-3-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine. This engine generates 125 Bhp and 170 Nm. While the engine did have significant turbo-lag in the pre-facelift EcoSport, Ford is likely to have worked around this problem.
The EcoBoost engine will now get a 6-speed manual gearbox instead of the 5-speed unit the EcoSport pre-facelift models used to have. The additional gear is likely to be low enough for maximum torque and tractability within the city limits, where the older EcoSport EcoBoost used to struggle.
Suspension is said to be stiffer, for sharper handling. With the Ford EcoSport already stiffly sprung, the additional stiffness is something the company has to handle very carefully as the SUV could easily become oversprung on broken Indian roads, if the suspension tune is not spot on. We hope that Ford’s done its homework on this front.
Styles changes will include a blacked-out grille up front and smoked headlamps. The SUV will also get blacked-out wing mirrors, a contrast roof wrap and, of course, different alloy wheels to carry forward the sporty stance.
On the inside, changes to the EcoSport S will include a sunroof – a first-in-segment feature if the WR-V hatchback based crossover is discounted – contrast stitching for the upholstery and seats and a new instrument cluster. The EcoSport S will use an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Ford’s Sync3 interface that now offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.