Ford is working on a new variant of the Ecosport for the Indian market. It will be called Ecosport SE and Ford has confirmed that the new variant will be launching tomorrow. Ford India tweeted and said “Same Breakthrough Technology. Different Style. New Ford EcoSport SE Coming Soon.” The video that they shared shows us the new SE variant as compared to the S variant. The video says “Same Same But Different” which is quite accurate for the new variant and then the video shows us the launch date which is 10th March.
— Ford India (@FordIndia) March 8, 2021
The new variant comes with different exteriors which should help in attracting some people as the Ecosport has started to show its age in the compact-SUV segment. The biggest thing that you would notice is that the new SE variant will not come with a tailgate-mounted spare wheel. This has been done basis the feedback that Ford got from customers. Some people found the Ecosport’s rear a bit too bulky because of the spare wheel. In the international markets, the Ecosport comes without a spare wheel and Ford is introducing the same design with the SE variant. The entire tailgate gets a different design.
The number plate holder is shifted from the lower bumper to the centre of the tailgate. It now even comes with a faux silver skid plate. It looks like the tail lamps are also slightly redesigned. However, the tailgate still remains a side-hinged one which means that you could face a bit of an issue when you park the Ecosport close to another vehicle, the boot won’t be able to open. There are no changes to the side profile. The front is also slightly different from the other variants, but it does look like an Ecosport unmistakably. It gets a different grille, which is sleeker and comes with two horizontal chrome slats and a chrome surround. The faux skid plate is finished in silver instead of blacked-out trim. The fog lamps are more angular and more aggressive. Overall, the new SE variant does look refreshing and attractive.
Removing the spare wheel means that it would come with other additional kits. The removal of the spare wheel is possible because of the amendment that was released by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways or MoRTH. According to the amendment, the automobile manufacture can omit the spare wheel in the M1 category of vehicles if the vehicle meets certain conditions like having a tyre pressure monitoring system etc. So, the Ecosport SE will come with a tyre pressure monitoring system, tubeless tyres and a puncture repair kit.
There will be no mechanical changes to the Ecosport. So, it will still be offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine produces a max power output of 122 PS and a peak torque output of 149 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The diesel engine puts out a max power output of 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 215 Nm. It is only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Currently, the Ford Ecosport starts from Rs. 7.99 lakhs ex-showroom. It competes with Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.