Ford Ecosport Review
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Ford Ecosport Review by Expert
Ford India has finally launched the Ecosport in Indian domestic auto market. The compnay is doing aggressive promotion of their Ford Ecosport. The 2012 Auto Expo displayed vehicle has got everything, or more than that, in an all new compact form.
The new SUV sports a 1.0 litre, Ecoboost, 3-cylinder, petrol engine that delivers more than expected power and torque. Ford has offered an array of powerful engines to the mini SUV lineup along with launch of 1.0 litre Ecoboost power-train. The subsequent motor is tried and tested engine of 1.5L TDCi turbo diesel that also is doing duties on Ford Fiesta sedan. With it, the beast has also been offered with 1.5L petrol engine. The Ford Ecosport has been popular compact SUV in Brazilian market where it took its birth. The four-door mini SUV is based on an all new platform that comes added with sporty look and features some scintillating new characteristics.
As far as the appearance and dimensions of the New Ford SUV are concerned, the Ford Ecosport is full stretched 4-meter-plus mini SUV, hence it not boasts a small-car tag, and also it carries all the aspects of a complete full sized SUV. It is not at all a bigger sized or a stretched hatchback that was speculated in some of the earlier reports. It has all the qualities to qualify for an SUV, which are sporty and upright stance, spare wheel mounted on tailgate, higher ground clearance, bold and futuristic front grille view that are all inspired by the new American design language, which debuted in India with the launch of Ford Fiesta.
The Ford Ecosport has been launched in India on 26th June, 2013 with choice of 1.5L petrol, 1.0L EcoBoost petrol and 1.5L diesel engine. Its 1.5L diesel and 1.0L EcoBoost engine have the choice of 5-speed manual transmission while the 1.5L petrol model comes with both 5 speed manual and 6-speed PowerShift Automatic transmission choices.
Ford Ecosport Rivals
|Ford EcoSport Direct Rivals Table|
|Model||Engine||Mileage (City/Highway)||Acceleration (0-100 kph)||Unique features||Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)|
|Ford EcoSport EcoBoost Petrol||999 cc||15.5 kmpl/ 18.5 kmpl||13-14 seconds||mileage, astounding looks, compact||Rs 7.90 Lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Diesel||1498 cc||19.5 kmpl/ 22.5 kmpl||15-17 seconds||Rs 6.69 Lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Petrol||1499||14.5 kmpl/16.5 kmpl||14-15 seconds||Rs 5.59 Lakh|
|Premier Rio Petrol||1173 cc||12 kmpl/ 16 kmpl||17 seconds||in-expensive, first compact SUV, acceptable looks||Rs 5.36 Lakh|
|Premier Rio Diesel||1489 cc||14 kmpl/ 19 kmpl||19 seconds||Rs 5.87 Lakh|
|Maruti Ertiga Petrol||1372 cc||13.5 kmpl/ 16.2 kmpl||13 seconds||value for money, features, Maruti assurance||Rs 7.29 Lakh|
|Maruti Ertiga Diesel||1248 cc||17.5 kmpl/ 20.77 kmpl||15 seconds||Rs 8.44 Lakh|
Ford EcoSport Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
|Model||Mileage (City)||Mileage (Highway)|
|Ford EcoSport Petrol EcoBoost||15.5 kmpl||18.5 kmpl|
|Ford EcoSport Diesel||19.5 kmpl||22.5 kmpl|
|Ford Ecosport Petrol 1.5L||14.5 kmpl||16.5 kmpl|
Ford Ecosport Models and Features
|Ford Ecosport Models||Features|
|Ford EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost engine||Ford EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost engine that uses Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) is an immensely potential petrol powered engine that has some unusual capabilities to churn out a maximum power equivalent to that of a 1.6L motor and that too against producing less CO2 emissions. This power train generates 125 PS of maximum output together with maximum torque of 170 Nm.|
|Ford EcoSport 1.5L TDCi diesel engine||This Ford EcoSport 1.5L TDCi turbo diesel engine holds the trust of earlier all-new Ford Fiesta that is more powerful than the 1.6L engine that currently serves Fiesta Classic with maximum power of 91 Bhp at 3750 rpm along with peak torque of 204 Nm at 2000-2750rpm.|
|Ford Ecosport 1.5L petrol engine||It holds a 5 speed manual and a 6-speed dual clutch Automatic Transmission. It includes air conditioner, voice command controls and high quality seat fabric along with black and silver accents on the dash and panel in the front.|
Altogether, the Ford EcoSport is firstly introduced with 1.0L petrol EcoBoost power-train along with two variants to choose from. These variants have no change under their hood, but they are packed with some more or less different features to create their own identity. The 1.5L TDCi turbo diesel engine follows in next, after the successful launch of petrol version, in order to delight the diesel engine admirers in the country.
Ford Ecosport Colors
There are chances that Ford EcoSport colors is available in 6 shades that comprise of Arctic White, Gray Cambridgeshire, Blue Marau, Silver Riviera and Black Ebony together with Red Harpooner.
|Mars Red||Diamond White||Kinetic Blue||Moondust Silver||Chill Metallic||Panther Black||Sea Grey|
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Ford Ecosport Engine, Power and Performance
Keeping in mind the needs and demands of its consumers globally Ford Motors has developed a rugged yet frugal petrol engine; which is eco-friendly too, in the form of EcoBoost powertrain. This award winning 1.0L EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine has the backing and acclamation of numerous mechanical evaluators world-wide. This motor of compact SUV Ford EcoSport is courageous enough to be taken on any terrain under whichever weather conditions. The Ford EcoSport's EcoBoost engine has advanced turbo-charging mechanism with direct injection feature that is mated with enhanced double variable camshaft design.
This new environment friendly engine generates reduced emissions of around 20 percent that comes up to release of less than 140g/km CO2 emissions. With this innovative engine the vehicle will churn out a maximum power of 125 PS together with outmost torque of 170 Nm. This frugal green motor is mated to 5-speed manual transmission. The other engine counterpart is the reliable 1.5L TDCi turbo-diesel with intercooler. With this power-train, it achieves maximum power of 91 Bhp of raw power together with peak torque of 204 Nm. This engine is also coupled with the same 5-speed gearbox. The company has also offered the Ecosport with 1.5L petrol engine choice too. It offers both 5 speed manual and 6-speed Powershift automatic gearbox options. The engine generates max power of 112 PS at 6300 rpm along with peak torque of 140 NM at 4400 rpm.
Ford Ecosport Pickup and Acceleration
|Engine Variant||Max. Power||Max. Torque||Pickup (0-100 kmph)||Top Speed|
|1.0L EcoBoost Petrol||125 PS @ 6000rpm||170Nm @ 1400-4500rpm||15-17 secs||160 kmph|
|1.5L TDCi Turbo Diesel||91 PS @ 3750rpm||204Nm @ 2000-2750rpm||13-14 secs||182 kmph|
|1.5L Ti-VCT Petrol Engine||112 PS @ 6300 rpm||140 NM at 4400 rpm||14-15 secs||190 kmph|
The Ford EcoSport surely zooms ahead in a jiffy with its magical 1.0L EcoBoost Petrol engine has some amazing numbers to showcase. While the following 1.5L Diesel motor that offers some fitting figures. The 125 PS of max power and 170 Nm peak torque generating power train i.e. 1.0L EcoBoost engine races from nothing to 100 kph within 15-17 seconds. Though, the speedometer reads the top speed of 160 kmph, when driven to the fullest on open road. The other champion power-train of 1.5L diesel climbs to the 100 kph mark in a mere time span of 13-14 seconds together with the top speed of nearly 182 kmpl, which is incredible compared to others present in the segment. The 1.5L Ti-VCT petrol engine takes only 14-15 seconds to catch the speed of 100 kmph.
Ford Ecosport Interiors and Features
It is wrong to attribute hard-hitting SUV features to Ford EcoSport as it has as much comfort and convenience elements in it, like any other premium sedan. In addition, the comfort, convenience and versatility attributes get pure manifestation in the SUV in full swing. The high elevated stance of five-seater Ford EcoSport gives a commanding position to the driver along with easy access at central console buttons. The wide windscreen ahead gives a clear view of the road and surroundings.
The modern cockpit design of Ford EcoSport has smart looking sporty steering wheel that has mounted controls for audio and phone, while there is SYNC feature that follows voice commands with ease making driving more pleasurable and undisturbed for the driver. There is silver finished gear knob for effortless gear shifting at any instance as per your convenience.
The fine quality fabric in Ford EcoSport interiors is offered in latest patterns and pulsating colors to suit every mood of the consumers. Furthermore, there are many comfort features inside this machine that make it a sheer pleasure to be in. There are storage compartments of more than 21 liters overall along with 20 locations that includes under the passenger seat, cooled glove box and cup holders besides map holder on the front seats for optimum handiness. The air conditioning system with advanced auto climate control and pollen filters provides efficiency as well as coziness inside the cabin.
There are some premium comfort features of Ford EcoSport such as remote operated door opening and closing in addition to the traditional power windows or trip meter. The music system inside also is equipped with my connection that gives the ease of connecting your phone to the system so that you remain connected and in touch with the world outside. Besides you can also connect it to your iPod or USB in order to enjoy sheer music from the quality music player. Moreover, to increase the space inside Ford EcoSport, the rear seat can be folded via Quick-fold system.
Ford Ecosport Exteriors and Features
The Ford EcoSport was earlier said to be a sub-four meter incarnation of an SUV, but since it’s unveiling at 2012 Auto Expo all the perception got shattered as it measures more than 4 meters. The vehicle has got pure robust design and confident upright stance of that goes out-an-out to create unique appeal of the Ford EcoSport. The frontage carries contemporary slanting headlamps frame with a high-mounted trapezoidal grille that bestows the sturdy vehicle an element of gratification and a signature Ford face with its bold emblem in between.
The compact SUV has got every bit of thing that is required to get qualified for the a proper SUV from its applauding aerodynamics that has the sense of New American design language together with a rear-mounted spare wheel. While the area from the bonnet to the bumpers and air dam throws an appearance as if the SUV is ready for ultimate action.
Looking at it from a distance it gives a clear impression that it has a decent stance with the bonnet placed at a height and posing sufficient big ground clearance for the Ford EcoSport SUV. The exterior set it apart from being an on roader and clearly demark it as belonging to the SUV family and it has exterior which has courageous design and pronounced proportions.
The rear is as appealing as the front with the rear windscreen looking as if it is pillar-less besides the prominent and futuristic taillights that are extended towards the tailgate as well along with being high mounted for maximum visibility for the vehicle approaching from behind. The rear bumper has multi reflectors embedded on it for extra safety. With enough ground clearance, the car is expected to do well on even the bumpy Indian roads and the really rugged off roads in the countryside.
Safety Features in Ford Ecosport
If it’s a Sports Utility Vehicle safety concerns are always there, but relax with Ford you are in safe hands as it is sure to provide best in class safety elements in the Ford EcoSport. This is what Ford Ecosport seems to believe it in its truest spirit. The front brakes are ventilated disc brakes with floating caliper while the rear braking is drum type with shoes that have self-centering and automatic adjustment with wear and tear.
Safety features in Ford Ecosport's mid and top variants are boast Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and EBD (Electronic Distribution of Brakes) in company with the driver and passenger side airbags. Furthermore, the parking sensors and rear camera along with a wider roof spoiler can make its way when the vehicle gets official launch in India. It can also feature the modern technology of automatic door-locks once the ignition is switched on apart from the power windows that are one touch-up type with anti-crushing and timer facility that enables the vehicle to close the windows after the vehicle is shutdown.
Driving and Handling of Ford Ecosport
There are numerous features that makes the Ford EcoSport a convinced winner in its segment. Some of these can be front passenger handle security, split folding rear seat, front seat belt height adjustment, 3-point retractable seat belts, rear window defroster, Towing hook (front / rear); lighting in the trunk, rear window wiper and washer etc. besides other features will surely make the driving expensive astonishing.
Moreover, the power steering and height adjustable seats that enable better and comfortable driving experience. Believe it, maneuvering EcoSport in tough conditions is as easy as to cut butter, thanks to the agile power steering and stable suspension that makes the ride even smoother and makes handling safer in extreme conditions.
Ford Ecosport Accessories
The compact SUV Ford Ecosport has loads of accessories available both standard and add on ones. Among the standard accessories are height adjustable wheels, driver seat, antenna, AC with heater, rear window defroster with rear window washer and wiper, PATS-Anti-theft system besides others.
There is so much that comes as optional accessories for Ford EcoSport buyers to re-create their vehicle in such a manner that it has its own unique identity when compared to other EcoSport owners. There are no premium leather seat covers available. The other garnishing that Ford EcoSport is expected to shoulder are a set of sun-visors to prevent exposition of the passengers to sun in hot weather along with full-sized roof carrier and a broad nudge guard for extra protection at the front bumper to allow a masculine feel at the front grille. And to make you feel at home there is a small car-size refrigerator for optimal convenience in hot weather.
Ford Ecosport Conclusion
Looking at the popularity of Ford Ecosport in Brazil, and around the globe it is not an exaggeration to call it a true compact SUV with the seal of satisfaction by its users. This second generation of Ford EcoSport that saw the global premiere in India at 2012 Auto Expo and observes a worldwide official launch as well. The compact SUV is placed aptly between the sedan and a full sized SUV keeping in mind the urban conditions along with off-road expertise. It features the luxury and sophistication of a complete car when you are in city and new form arrives when you take it out to countryside for adventurous journey.
Up till now, nothing has gone against the Ford EcoSport, but coming at a time it tells a perfect story about more of its merits along with some shortcomings. Moreover, the price plays a vital make-or-break fixation; it is a household name after its launch. In India, the Ford Ecosport has really good prospects provided the American automotive giant prices it reasonably. Lesser the price is equals to higher the chances of its being at a win-win situation in the country. As it is much-more than a modern approach of transportation.
Ford EcoSport FAQs
Q1: What is the mileage of Ford EcoSport?
Answer: The Ford EcoSport mileage is impressive as per ARAI certificates. Overall mileage from 1.0L EcoBoost petrol engine is around 15.5-18.5 kmpl. Moreover the 1.5L TDCI diesel motor delivers an approx mileage of 19.5-22.5 kmpl. Its 1.5L petrol engine model offers a mileage of 13.5 -15.5 kmpl.
Q2: Is compact SUV Ford EcoSport available in AT variant?
Answer: Yes, the Titanium variant of the 1.5L petrol engine model is available with automatic transmission system.
Q3: What is the price of Ford EcoSport compact SUV in India?
Answer: The Ford EcoSport price is between Rs 5.59 lakh to Rs 8.99 lakh.
Q4: Are there any chances of Ford EcoSport 4X4 launch?
Answer: Of course there are. Ford Motors is expected to bring the 4x4 version of Ford EcoSport models by near future.
Q5: Launch date of Ford EcoSport in India?
Answer: Ford EcoSport has been launched in India on 26th June, 2013.
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