Ride Review: The Ford EcoSport is back in a bold new avatar
Since its launch, EcoSport has received various accolades for its refined styling, performance, and frugal nature. It remains a popular choice amongst those who seek a great everyday machine that can double up as a weekend adventure vehicle. Ford is now ready with the all-new EcoSport which is touted to take that experience to a new level.
The vehicle retains its slick sporty stance, however, it now boasts a new bonnet with a wide centre dome, a large trapezoidal grille that sits higher up, projector headlights with LED DRLs, and a reworked front bumper with new fog lamps. The new variant rides on 17-inch alloys which enhances its sporty stance.
The SUV comes with a cabin finished in an all-black theme which lends an air of ‘premiumness’ to the interior. It provides a good amount of leg space for all passengers and the boot is quite functional too. The flexi-seating allows you to drop the rear bench and use the adjustable floorboard to ensure you get a flat loading bay. You also get over 25 compartments to store knick-knacks within the vehicle.
Big on connectivity
Taking centre stage in the cabin is the large 8-inch floating touchscreen that allows you to access Ford’s latest in-car infotainment system – SYNC 3. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allows you to access music, answer phone calls, send or receive messages, and get directions. It also accesses a range of apps that include Hungama Drive and MapMy India.
The brand new three-cylinder Ti-VCT naturally aspirated petrol engine displaces 1.5-litres and delivers 123PS of power and 150 Nm of torque. It is lighter and more efficient than the outgoing 1.5-litre engine and delivers an ARAI-tested efficiency of 17 kmpl. The petrol version can be had with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Ford is also offering the automatic with ‘sport mode’ and paddle shifts. As for the diesel option, the manufacturers are carrying over the 1.5-litre TDCi unit that delivers 100PS and a fuel economy of 23 kmpl.
The new Ford EcoSport scores on all counts. It does everything right, has been put together very well and the quality workmanship shows. It is a practical vehicle that allows you to indulge in a little fun as well and with all the changes you can rest assured that it is a great package.