Renault Duster and its new best friend Ford EcoSport seen together for the first time in India [update]

Posted on Feb 25 2013 - 1:19pm by Nithyanandh K
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Update – The location of the photograph may not be the Ennore port.

The Renault Duster is continuing its unstoppable run in India as the launch of its main rival, the much awaited Ford EcoSport, is yet to happen.

Ford EcoSport and renault duster spied front

[Both cars appear to have TN19 registration plates, the usual combination on Ford test cars; The Duster's status is 'Registered']

We have brought you numerous spyshots of the sub-four metre SUV being tested in India and this time we bring you the first ever spotting of Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster in the same frame. The compact crossovers were spied by PowerDrift, an auto enthusiast Facebook page.

The location appears to be Ennore port, Chennai, from where Ford India exports its vehicles. All cars in the frame are Ford models except for the Duster, which makes us suspect that Ford could be sending the India spec Duster along with the EcoSport to an international technical center, perhaps for further benchmarking. The EcoSport and Duster are not manufactured in RHD anywhere else other than in India, so the case of these being imports is mostly ruled out.

Ford EcoSport and renault duster spied rear

The hottest duo in C-Town (Car Town) was seen along with other Ford models like the Fiesta and the Figo.

Where is the couple flying off to?

We don’t have official word on this matter, so here’s what we came up with -

  • Ford’s Australian technical centre which played a significant role in all previous India-spec Fords would be the likely destination for the two examples. The Renault Duster’s seats and dashboard were redesigned by the Renault’s Mumbai design studio, and these and some other localized Indian components could be of interest to rival car companies.
  • Ford is shipping the EcoSport and Duster to future markets like South Africa or Indonesia, where both vehicles are confirmed future launches, to conduct customer clinics.

The Ford EcoSport is expected to launch in India by May and the Renault Duster is the main target on its hit-list. The fact that the EcoSport is a sub-four metre SUV while the Duster is not, gives the former a significant advantage in terms of pricing.

Although the majority of sales is expected from the diesel variant, petrol buyers have more reasons to go for the EcoSport over the Duster, thanks to the award winning 1.0 litre Ecoboost turbocharged petrol motor under its hood.

[Source: Facebook page of PowerDrift]

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

  1. sandy February 27, 2013 at - Reply

    I have to admit, Duster looks more manly and matured then Ecosports. Talking about benchmarking, every company does that. One of the example is Nissan took Porshe911 in similar fashion to built their 370Z to compete against it. Else whats the use of brand new Duster being their in Fords premises(since there are only Ford cars), and that to near an EcoSports test mule.

  2. Yuvi February 26, 2013 at - Reply

    Every OEMs does the bench marking before launch. Nothing wrong in that i beleive. What i observe is that Ford ecosport is getting lot of attention before launch and got free publicity..!

  3. Balakrishnan.N February 26, 2013 at - Reply

    Dont post like this type of news, actually this is not true one.

    • Shrawan Raja February 26, 2013 at - Reply

      Hi Mr. Balakrishnan, the spotting of both cars next to each other is completely true. However we are not sure about where the location is and what these cars are doing together. The story is only speculation. If you know the real story behind the spotting, please use the comment box to tell us.

      • Balakrishnan.N February 26, 2013 at -

        As you told it is standing together. Where did you get this picture, from whom, ask them and tell me too am also eager to know that…… Thanks.

      • AP February 26, 2013 at -

        Guys..this picture taken from Ford chennai plant i guess…

  4. Balakrishnan.N February 26, 2013 at - Reply

    This is not true.

  5. AP February 25, 2013 at - Reply

    Looks like its ford chennai plant..! Look at the parking floor line marking…!

    • Yah February 26, 2013 at - Reply

      Renault must have bought the ford ecosport in brasil for bench marking already…lol

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