Ford is slated to launch a heavily updated EcoSport on November 9, 2017 replete with a fresh face, more features and new 1.5-litre 'Dragon' petrol engine. Here’s a list of everything you need to know about it:
Most of the cosmetic changes to the updated EcoSport are concentrated in its face. There's a new hexagonal grille and sharp, angular headlamps that look a lot like the newer Ford models as well as a redesigned front bumper and fog lamps. The alloy wheels feature a new design as well. The refreshed EcoSport, however, will remain more or less unchanged in profile and round the back and will continue to get the tailgate mounted spare wheel.
Ford has changed a fair amount on the inside too. The basic design of the dash is more or less the same, but the centre console gets a new layout and is crowned by a large touchscreen infotainment system. The instrument cluster and steering wheel are also all new and the cabin gets body-coloured inserts instead of silver ones on the current car.
Ford’s all-new Dragon series of petrol engines will make its Indian debut in the updated EcoSport. Leading the charge will be a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder unit that will be good for about 120hp. The other engine options will include the same 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel, and probably the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol too.
The updated EcoSport will receive the new aforementioned touchscreen infotainment system with Ford’s SYNC 3 software, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is also expected to get cruise control, a speed limiter function, a rear-view camera and automatic climate control.
The EcoSport didn't face tough competition when it was launched in 2012. But today, its sales are under pressure from rivals like the critically acclaimed Maruti Brezza and the soon-to-be-launched Tata Nexon. The substantial updates on the upcoming model should arm it to take on the competition better.