Ford Ecosport Overview
Ford Ecosport started the compact SUV revolution in the country, in 2013. Since then, other manufacturers have been fighting in this immensely growing space. As the Ecosport completes four years of its product lifecycle, a facelift was due and so the company has gone ahead and readied one. Interestingly, Ford calls it the All New Ecosport. We were not sure at first as to why so, however, after spending some time with the vehicle, we came to the conclusion that Ford is not entirely wrong in calling it all new, though being a facelift . Why is it so? Read further to know more. Request a Test drive for Ford Ecosport .
Ford Ecosport Design & Style
While this, technically, is a mid-life facelift for the EcoSport, we have surprisingly little to write about, in this section of the review. The narrow slat that used to lie just under the bonnet has been deleted and the grill now moves higher up on the face of the EcoSport. The Ford logo now moves from the missing slat to the centre of the grill, like in the Endeavour and other Ford family cars of this generation.
The headlamps are larger and the round fog lamps below have been replaced by much larger triangular units. The bottom splitter has also received a mild redesign and the top-of-the-line Titanium Plus model receives 17-inch alloys. And that is essentially it; the sides and the rear of the EcoSport remain the same. That said, the EcoSport was always pleasant to look at and we can’t fault Ford for not messing with a design that already works well.
Inside, it is equally sporty, with black dominating the interiors along with orange inserts on the doors and centre console; the seats get orange stitching and highlights. The instrument cluster now features chrome rings for the dials and also a new LCD MID screen, but the highlight of the interior is the all-important electric sunroof.
Infotainment-wise, you get the same 8-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Ford’s SYNC3 command system, but exclusive to the S is a tyre pressure monitoring system (this, like a few other features, was earlier available on the Titanium+ until it got a mild de-spec). Other aesthetic additions include alloy pedals which further add to the sporty visuals. The rest of the interior, though, remains the same as on the Titanium+ spec; in other words, it carries forward the part-leather seats, cruise control, ambient lighting and safety equipment such as six airbags, brake assist, stability control and hill hold assist as well.
Ford Ecosport Engine & Gearbox
This is another area of major change. Two engine options are now available on the Ecosport. One is the same 1.5-litre TDCi diesel, which makes 100bhp of power and the other is an all-new 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine. Now this one is not a turbo petrol, but a naturally aspirated one. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine has been given a rest this time.
The diesel was always a strong performer and continues to be, with little tweaks to improve driveability. It comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The new 1.5-litre petrol is the one which is a major change here. This new engine comes with new generation technologies and unlike most manufacturers who use turbocharges, this one relies on natural aspiration. Does it do a good job? Well it does. Now, don’t expect it to be a scorcher. This 3-cylinder unit is designed for good driveability. It makes around 121bhp of power. It is pretty silent on start but gets noisier at higher revs. The high point about it is that being devoid of a turbocharger, there is no turbo lag here. This engine pulls cleanly from standstill. It doesn’t feel very punchy as such, but puts a smile on the face because the response to the throttle input is instantaneous. For Ford Ecosport check tweetcast.in
This engine comes with an option of a five-speed manual and a new six-speed automatic transmission. Ford has done away with the dual clutch transmission and gone in for a conventional automatic. I actually like the behaviour of this powertrain, coz of its ease of driving. If your usage is mainly in the city, then this is a very good option to consider. We have yet to check the actual mileage of this engine. We shall share that later, once we drive the new Ecosport for a longer duration.
The market is shifting towards petrol engines, hence Ford has invested in a newer petrol unit and also continues to offer an automatic on it, rather than the diesel.
Ford Ecosport Driving Dynamics
Ford says the only changes it has made to the suspension is to the bushes, but this seems to have made quite a difference in the way the car rides. It goes over bumps and speed breakers in a much more composed fashion and while the suspension is still quite sporty, i.e. firm, there is very little sound that makes way into the cabin. Only really sharp bumps like level changes and rumble strips make their presence felt in the cabin. But those apart, the EcoSport is a very quiet place to ride in. Even road and engine noise at city speeds is very nicely controlled and this makes for an even more comfortable experience.
Like all Fords, steering feel is excellent and this combines well with the sporty suspension setup around corners. There is still some body roll that comes from the tall boy stance and the short wheelbase, but it’s still fairly well controlled. Together, they keep the sporty edge, that the EcoSport had, alive even today. What could do with some improvement though, are the Bridgestone Ecopia 205/50R17 tyres which don’t feel as if they offer as much grip as we know this chassis can handle.
Ford Ecosport Safety & Security
Ford offers two safety airbags for the driver and front passenger and ABS with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) as standard across all the variants. Other standard features include a seat belt warning system and child seat anchor point. The fully-loaded Titanium Plus gets six airbags, Brake Assist, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), Hill Hold Control and Traction Control System. It even gets rear parking sensors and a camera.
Ford Ecosport Cost in Bangalore
Ford Ecosport On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 8,50,887 to 13,37,090 for variants EcoSport 1.5 TIVCT Petrol Ambiente and EcoSport 1.5 Diesel Platinum Edition respectively. Ford Ecosport is available in 11 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Ford Ecosport variants price in Bangalore. Check for ecosport price in Bangalore at Carzprice.
Ford Ecosport Final Thought
Ford is offering the S variant on both petrol and diesel models and both are priced at a premium of Rs 85,000 over the Titanium+. In the diesel version, this difference would get you only extra features like the HID headlamps and the sunroof. However, the petrol, in addition to these, also gets you an upgrade to the EcoBoost engine and the six-speed manual gearbox. Add to that the sporty styling and the fantastic driving dynamics, and the EcoSport S makes for a cracking value proposition.