The Ford EcoSport was in need of an update – no, it didn’t start to look boring, but the competition had become stronger than ever. So here it is, the updated Ford EcoSport. Only that it doesn’t come with an updated exterior. Ford India has instead given it subtle changes to make it more relevant in the present day and age.
First things first, the EcoSport now comes in a new trim level, called Trend+, slotted between Trend and the Titanium. It gets ABS and dual airbags as standard. Both the diesel engine and the multiple award winning 1-litre EcoBoost (turbocharged petrol) engines are made available in the said trim, hence making the latter more accessible.
Mechanically, the vehicle remains unchanged, except for an uprated 1.5-litre diesel engine, which now makes 100PS and 205Nm of torque. Apart from that, the optional signature lightguide below the headlamps, the SYNC infotainment system with Applink, and push-button start are also available on the updated EcoSport.
Rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, daytime running lamps (combined with fog lamps), and auto-dimming interior rear view mirror add to the list of features. The vehicle will now be available in a new Golden Bronze shade as well. There’s added chrome detailing inside, and the top versions get leather wrap on handbrake lever and steering wheel.
In terms of safety features, leaving the base Ambiente aside, all other trims get ABS and EBD, while dual airbags are standard from the Trend+ trim onwards. Six airbags (two front, two side, and two curtain units) are available only on the top trims.
Prices start at Rs 6.79 lakh for the petrol (naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine) version, and Rs 7.89 lakh for the diesel. The EcoBoost engine is available from Rs 8.53 lakh onwards.
All engines come with 5-speed gearboxes as standard, while the optional dual-clutch automatic (‘Powershift’ in Ford’s lingo; comes with the 1.5-litre petrol engine) is available only in the Titanium trim, and is priced at Rs 9.93 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi.