Frankfurt Live – Ford EcoSport breaks the ice with the Germans
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The Ford EcoSport has been showcased at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The made-in-India compact crossover SUV would go on sale in Europe by the end of this year.
It’s to be noted that the EcoSport has already greeted the Europeans at the Geneva Motor Show last March, and debuted at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin last week with updates to its SYNC multimedia system. The Frankfurt unveil is a part of the build up for its market launch.
Ford’s Indian plant in Chennai will be the only production base for the Europe bound EcoSport. So here is a heads up for all the European readers who are interested in the EcoSport: the car is so popular in India that bookings have been stopped, and the petrol AT variant commands a waiting period of about one year!
The EcoSport will be available with three engine options and three transmission options. The 1.0 litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection three-cylinder petrol engine pumps out 125PS and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The 112PS 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine is mated either to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed PowerShift dual clutch automatic gearbox and the 91PS 1.5 litre diesel motor comes only with the 5-speed manual.
The Ford EcoSport will rival a myriad of compact crossover SUVs like the Peugeot 2008, Dacia Duster, Fiat 500X, Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax, etc.