Uncamouflaged versions of the Ford EcoSport Titanium S and Signature Edition compact SUVs have been spied yet again on Indian roads. While Ford has not yet announced plans of launching these new variants of the EcoSport in India, the company is very likely to launch both models later this year to boost sales of the recently launched facelifted model. The EcoSport is likely come under pressure from the Tata Nexon AMT, which will soon give automatic SUV buyers a brand new option – both in diesel and petrol. To counter this and keep the EcoSport Facelift fresh, Ford is likely to usher in the new special edition models.
The Signature Edition of the EcoSport gets a bunch of cosmetic changes. It’s expected to be offered with both petrol and turbocharged diesel engines. Key cosmetic changes on the outside will include revised alloy wheels, Signature badging, contrast roof and wing mirrors and a blacked out front grille. On the inside, the Signature Edition will receive blue inserts on the dashboard and door trim.
The 1.5 liter-3 cylinder petrol engine with 120 Bhp-150 Nm, and the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 100 PS-205 Nm will be carried over. The petrol engine gets 5 speed manual and 6 speed torque converter gearboxes. The diesel gets a 5 speed manual gearbox.
The EcoSport Titanium S will be a sporty model that is likely to get stiffer suspension, just like the Ford Figo and Aspire S models. The EcoSport S is likely to be based on the diesel model, but with no changes to the engine. The vehicle will be India’s first ‘sporty’ compact SUV.
Expect a few visual changes as well, such as a contrast roof wrap and wrapped wing mirrors. Other changes could include blacked out headlamps, de-chromed front grille, blacked out tail gate spoiler, and sporty stitching on the seats. The EcoSport S could be priced at a premium of Rs. 20,000-30,000 over the top end Titanium model.