It’s now confirmed that Ford India will launch brand new, S-badged variants of the EcoSport very soon. Why, the display models of the new variants have already started arriving into Ford dealerships across India, which means that the launch can’t be far away. The latest EcoSport S variants will be sold in Titanium and Titanium + trims.
They’re meant to make the EcoSport more attractive compared to the competition – read the Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon. The new variants get a range of cosmetic changes and feature additions. Mechanical changes are also present, making the new variants even more impressive.
The EcoSport S Titanium model will gain a blacked out front grille, blacked out fog lamp bezels, body colored inserts on the interiors and a sunroof. The Titanium + model will gain blacked out headlamps and a new multi-information display.
While the Titanium variant will use the 9-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, the Titanium + model will get the 8-inch touchscreen unit with Ford’s SYNC3 interface. Mechanically, the S-badged variants of the EcoSport are likely to have stiffer suspension. The petrol-engined models are likely to get a 6-speed manual gearbox for a more engaging driving experience. The engines themselves are likely to be unchanged.
The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated unit from the newly introduced Dragon line-up of petrol motors. This engine makes 122 PS of peak power and 150 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine is the good old 1.5-litre TDCI Duratorq unit, with 100 PS of peak power and 215 Nm of peak torque.
While the petrol engine likes to be revved, the diesel motor is a strong performer with very little turbo lag and ample torque right off idle. Both the EcoSport S variants are likely to be priced at least Rs. 30,000 higher than the regular models. Over to the launch now.