Ford India has just launched the Ecosport SE. Till now Ford showed us some teasers of the new design of the compact-SUV. The Ecosport SE does not come with a boot-mounted spare wheel. The SE variant sits below the Ecosport S which is the top-end variant offered by Ford. Ecosport SE has been priced at Rs. 10.49 lakhs ex-showroom for the petrol engine while the diesel engine starts at Rs. 10.99 lakh ex-showroom.
Ford does not offer the SE variant with a spare wheel. Instead, Ford is offering a puncture repair kit as standard with the SE variant. Ford claims that the puncture repair kit can repair tyre leaks within minutes and is also easy to use because you do not have to remove the tyre. It also comes with tubeless tyres and a tyre pressure monitoring system which should provide a sense of assurance to the owner.
The Ecosport SE’s boot design is carried over from the Ecosport that is sold in the American & European market. On the launch of Ecosport’s SE variant, Vinay Raina, executive director, Marketing, Sales & Service at Ford India said “Customers increasingly follow global benchmarks in design and look for things that are unique and distinctive, just like the new EcoSport SE” He added, “The SE carries forward EcoSport’s fun to drive credentials as well as its rich legacy of outstanding safety and best-in-segment technologies like SYNC 3.”
Cosmetically the rear of the Ecosport SE does look a bit tidier when compared to the other variants. The number plate holder has been shifted to the centre of the tailgate and now the lower half of the bumper gets a silver faux skid plate. It still comes with a side-hinged tailgate. The side profile does not get any changes while the front does get a few subtle changes. The SE variant gets a different grille that looks sleeker and gets two horizontal chrome slats and a chrome surround. The front gets more chrome than the S variant and there is a silver faux skid plate placed in the lower half of the bumper.
Ecosport SE comes with loads of features as it is based on the Titanium variant. However, the SE variant does cost around Rs. 70,000 more than the Titanium variant which comes with a boot-mounted spare wheel. Ford is offering its SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system which is one of the slickest in the compact-SUV segment. The infotainment system offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and FordPass connected car technology. For safety you get the side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, Stability Program, Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist and Brake Assist. You also get an electric sunroof, automatic HID headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, rear parking camera, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, push-button to start/stop, keyless entry and much more.
Powering the SE variant is the same 1.5-litre petrol engine and 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol mill puts out a max power output of 122 PS and a peak torque output of 149 Nm. The diesel engine produces a max power output of 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 215 Nm. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Ford Ecosport goes against the likes of Tata Nexon, Nissan Magnite, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300, Renault Kiger, Hyundai Venue and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.