American car manufacturer Ford has been present in the country for quite some time. Their EcoSport was the car that started the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment in India. Over the period of time other manufacturers followed and EcoSport started feeling outdated. It is one of the best driver’s car in the segment and competes with cars like Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300. We are all aware of the news that Ford and Mahindra have announced a joint venture. According to a new report, the Ford EcoSport will soon be getting a turbo petrol engine from Mahindra.
Ford EcoSport used to come with a 1.0 litre turbocharged ecoboost engine but was discontinued last year. The upcoming engine is likely to be a replacement for that. It is however not known whether it alongside the 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol unit or will that be discontinued. The upcoming turbocharged petrol engine in EcoSport is the same unit that is currently doing duties in Mahindra XUV300. The 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine is capable of generating 110 Ps and 200 Nm of torque. It will generate same amount of power in EcoSport also. The Ford EcoSport with 1.2 lite turbocharged engine is expected to be launched in 2021.
The current 1.5 litre engine in EcoSport comes with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission option whereas the 1.2 litre engine in XUV300 only gets a manual gearbox. The diesel engine in EcoSport is likely to remain the same BS6 compliant 1.5 litre unit. Mahindra and Ford are jointly developing couple of models for Indian market. Mahindra is developing next-generation XUV500 which is expected to be launched in the market next year. Ford will also launch an SUV based on the next-gen XUV500 platform which will hit the market an year after XUV500 is launched.
Mahindra and Ford are also developing a smaller SUV that will be placed below XUV500. Ford is already developing a next-generation EcoSport for international market and the pictures of the upcoming EcoSport has already surfaced online. The next-gen EcoSport will be launched in Brazilian market initially. It is not known whether Ford might bring the all-new EcoSport to India.