All New Ford EcoSport– Stylish, Powerful and Connected
Every inch of the All-New Ford EcoSport is designed to help you do more, get anywhere and make the most of your city life. With a bold new design, the EcoSport always looks like it’s ready for action, because it is.
I was truly content when driving the new EcoSport. Offering an upgrade to the previous model in all aspects, the new Ford EcoSport is back and it’s got some new tricks up its sleeve. The new EcoSport has been comprehensively redesigned with more than 1600 new parts, featuring rugged new looks, sleek interior makeover, a raft of ingenious technologies, and a new engine design offering more power and efficiency.
The most visible change I noticed in the new Ford EcoSport’s design is on the front. The previous split unit is replaced by a new front chrome grille, thus making it look more robust and sportier than ever. Adjoining the grille are high-performance projector beam headlamps with chrome bezel which is mated with Daytime Running LEDs. The turn signals along with the new fog lamps are placed right under the headlights. The sides of the new EcoSport however remain the same as before; although the wheel arches host 16 inch titanium wheels which not only just look great, but are extra light and extra strong too. Also, the spare wheel at the rear has been retained.
The most significant change in the facelifted Ford EcoSport is present under the bonnet. A brand new powerful, 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine replaces the previous four-pot. The new EcoSport's new 1.5-litre engine codenamed the 'Dragon' produces 123 PS at 6,500rpm and 150Nm of torque at 4,500rpm (for Petrol Engine), thus transforming each drive into a fun experience. The new power engine is paired with either a five-speed manual (which we drove) or a new six-speed automatic. Thus, the boosted and upgraded power and performance made driving and even sitting on the sides more thrilling and smooth. The new petrol Manual Ford EcoSport claimed a mileage of 17.00kmpl while the diesel unit claimed mileage of 22.00kmpl as per ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
With features including six airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), crash unlocking system and hill start assist, it is safe to say that the new EcoSport does not compromise on safety. Additionally, other safety features include high speed warning, defogger, Ford My Key, Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Control and Emergency Brake Assist. In addition to all this, one feature that really impressed me was the Smart Keyless Entry with Capacitive Sensors. Unlike other competitors, when going inside the vehicle, you don’t even have to take your keys out. The doors will automatically unlock when you go close to the vehicle with the help of Capacitive Sensors. Similarly, you just use your fingers when locking the doors outside.
Going into the interiors, the all-black color scheme has been retained. However the biggest change you will see when entering the cabin is the new freestanding infotainment display that is placed right in the middle of the dash. The enhanced third generation of Ford’s Sync Setup offers the best in connectivity, entertainment and information. Thanks to the large interface and touch points, it is hassle free and quite easy to use. It responds well to voice commands and can be used to make calls or small adjustments inside. The system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with the former getting Siri. The system also connects to a 4-speaker audio system which is pleasing to the ear, thus helping to listen to some great music while tackling the busy jams of the valley. The auto climate control is also effective and overall, I quite enjoyed the fancy gadgets and technological upgrade inside.
Behind the tilt adjustable steering wheel sits the new instrument cluster. The previous pod-like setup makes way for a more stripped down instrument binnacle. The multi-function display and the illuminated needles provide a welcome relief from the flat-black background. The steering responds well to inputs though isn't as sharp as before, and there is a bit of play at the center position which does feel rather odd, especially in a Ford. The suspension setup is now more flexible as well, and the improvement in ride quality is quite noticeable whenever you go over any rough patches of the road.
The rear door opens up to disclose the 352-litre boot which becomes a vast 1,178 liters with the rear seats folded down. This in turn no longer allows the rear seats to recline but now fold down slightly (60:40 split). Furthermore, the rear legroom has been slightly altered from previous model with the front seats curved at the back thus making for comfortable leg space when commuting.
Other features you will notice include a cooled glove box, electrically foldable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirror), engine start/stop button, front and rear power windows, 12v power source outlet and ambient lighting. Numerous storage options are also on offer including a cup holder, sunglass holder and deep door pockets.
All in all, driving this in and around the city is quite a joy. Available in 7 different colors, the new Ford EcoSport is available both in Petrol/Diesel version as well in Manual/Automatic Transmission. The starting price for this beauty is NRs. 33,90,000 and goes up to NRs. 49,90,000 depending on the different variants. Overall, the new Ford EcoSport’s all-round package is something that should attract customers willing to buy a new vehicle for them and their family.