Ford unveils a modestly different EcoSport for European markets
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We scanned through the press release Ford issued today on the showcasing of the European spec EcoSport at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to see if there’s an announcement on the point of production, but it looks like Ford has decided to continue testing our patience with respect to not only the Indian market model’s specifications but as well the export plan.
Today’s big announcement is that the EcoSport is installed with the Ford SYNC voice-activated in-car connectivity system as well as SYNC Emergency Assistance. The EcoSport will also offer Ford SYNC AppLink, which allows drivers to voice-control smartphone apps while driving. Note that the Emergency Assistance feature may not be available in the Indian market.
The EcoSport will be launched across Europe this year. The other two SUV models announced for the old continent are the Kuga (the C-Segment EcoSport) and the next generation Edge which is an EcoSport of the Mondeo, that was leaked prematurely on a presentation meant to be seen by Ford’s bankers.
[Left – Dashboard for the European EcoSport is all-black with red stitching on the steering; Right – This is the photograph shown on the Indian website which has a contrasting dual tone layout]
Ford’s award winning 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine alongside the naturally aspirated 1.5-liter 110PS petrol engine and a 1.5-liter diesel with 90PS have been announced. All three engines, Ford hopes, will lead the class in fuel efficiency. We believe all these engines will also make to India one day in the future, if not at launch.
Ford has also released a few photographs of the European car showing new alloy wheel design, air conditioning vents with black accents, an all-black dashboard with red stitching on the steering wheel and black inserts around the cockpit instead of the contrasting inserts revealed on the Indian car.
Ford has announced that the model’s European debut will be held at the Geneva Motor Show that begins next Tuesday.