IAB Exclusive: Ford EcoSport caught with PowerShift Automatic gearbox in India

Posted on Jul 22 2012 - 2:44pm IST
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We have been consistently covering all the developments of the Ford EcoSport not just in India but internationally as well. However some startling information with a amazing piece of evidence has just graced our mailbox.

Ford EcoSport interiorsFord EcoSport front

IAB’s avid reader Deepak Sharma has managed to expose a big secret the Ford EcoSport has been hiding for long.

Deepak sends us an image of the interiors of the Ford EcoSport’s Indian version (RHD). Sure, the interiors of the Indian model were never exposed before but that’s not the big news. The spy shot is testimony to the fact that Ford has already started work on the automatic variant of the Ford EcoSport.

One can also notice the SYNC badge near the shifter, Ford’s in-vehicle communication and entertainment system, that gives drivers directions, ability to make voice-activated phone calls, listen to text messages, etc. This technology is on its way to India through the EcoSport.

Considering Ford has already spent huge amount of moolah on making the Indian masses aware of its new double clutch gearbox, we have a strong feeling that the EcoSport will also be blessed with the Fiesta’s PowerShift transmission.

The PowerShift gearbox is one of the cheapest double clutch gearbox in the world. Thanks to the two-clutch system, and the extra cog, the PowerShift technology provides responsive performance coupled with class leading fuel economy. Along with these benefits, PowerShift is sealed for life and will need no servicing or oil changing for a period of 10 years/ 2,40,000kms. It is an ideal automatic gearbox for Indian conditions.

Ford EcoSport spyshot side

Apart from the position of the steering wheel, all the other details of the interiors of the EcoSport’s Indian model are identical to the one in Brazil. We have comprehensively covered the interiors of the EcoSport over here.

The automatic gearbox option would provide some leverage to the Ford EcoSport over arch rival Renault Duster. Renault India has no plans to launch the Duster in automatic for now.

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We hope Ford India would provide us the PowerShift gearbox in both petrol and diesel variants of the EcoSport, unlike the Fiesta which only gets in petrol. This is not an easy ask, as Ford cannot develop technologies for one country. There is a lack of demand for diesel AT variants outside India, and hence Ford may think twice before starting this project.

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28 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Raja July 23, 2012 at - Reply

    Guys,

    If you observe the picture, you will find that the front and rear bumpers of this white EcoSport are grey in colour while the rest of the car is white. It can only mean one thing as far as I am concerned. Yes, Ford India is using shortened bumpers to make the EcoSport fall within the 4m mark for lower excise duties!

    Now that Ford are going to pay lower excise duties on the EcoSport (< 4m in length and sub-1.2l petrol and sub-1.5l diesel engines), they should not become greedy and instead, pass on the benefits to the consumer in the form of a very attractive price tag ( much below the Duster) and rule the mini-SUV segment.

  2. Mohamood July 23, 2012 at - Reply

    Hope that Ford Ecosport comes out with the dual clutch first as lot of people are waiting for it. I would like to be one of the first proud owner of ford Ecosport AT. Ford – Pls hurry and launch the vehicle before Diwali.

  3. VC July 23, 2012 at - Reply

    Certainly looking forward to the Diesel AT variant of EcoSport 7 seater.

  4. Jishnu S V July 23, 2012 at - Reply

    Ford has to take drastic action to start making Diesel AT. This AT is without doubt the game changer for Ford in India. This is their strongest USP. The AT in diesel could see more Fiesta takers. Now Ford can invest in making a Diesel AT since they have many new models coming up with the same diesel unit. Ford please wake up and respond don’t be adamant like Honda.

  5. chetan July 22, 2012 at - Reply

    Finally iam happy about this news! so we can expect this dual clutch transmission in next gen figo,B-max, kuga (suv) almost all models rolling out from ford!its party time next year for the owners of ECOSPRORT! and i will be one of them owning this AT VARIANT!

  6. RAJ July 22, 2012 at - Reply

    overwhelmed by the response to duster ford will come up with crazy pricing to ecosport and it wil be a NFS.Then come up with a limited edition…..

  7. Hitin Suri July 22, 2012 at - Reply

    If they bring TDCI with AT it will take market by storm .

  8. Ishaan July 22, 2012 at - Reply

    It’s shocking that you don’t know this but ford currently seems the fiesta in a diesel automatic variant

    • Ishaan July 22, 2012 at - Reply

      Oops I meant sells

    • Shrawan Raja July 22, 2012 at - Reply

      Nope, not with the Powershift. There is no TDCI Powershift anywhere in the world for the B Segment Ford cars.

      • Mohit July 22, 2012 at -

        Hi Shrawan,
        Can we get dimension of EcoSport, It will be good if you also provide comparison between Duster and Ford Ecosport.

      • bankey rastogi August 22, 2012 at -

        there have been enough indications to draw the dimension od ecosports below 4 m length as provided on ford fiesta hatch car having the common platform, as the company has to make a competitive pricing for volume business .

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