Ford is readying the 2017 EcoSport for India with its launch scheduled this festive season, reports claim. Prices of the upcoming new model EcoSport could fall in the Rs. 7.20-10.50 lakh (ex-showroom) range. Here’s all you need to know about the Ford EcoSport 2017 Facelift India launch date, expected price, specifications and more.
The EcoSport first made an appearance in India at the 2012 Auto Expo. Although it was showcased as a concept, the production ready version that arrived in June 2013 was 99% identical. It received such an overwhelming response that by August some dealers stopped taking bookings as the waiting period stretched to 9 months for variants. Within two years of its launch, Ford managed to sell 1.12 lakh units of the EcoSport in India with global sales crossing the 2 lakh mark.
The launch of the Maruti Vitara Brezza in March 2016 at an aggressive starting price of Rs. 6.99 lakh prompted Ford to reduce prices by up to 1.12 lakh Rupees just two days later. In January 2017, Ford added the Platinum Edition trim to the lineup, which features new 17 inch alloys and an 8 inch touchscreen system. The upcoming compact SUV facelift that made its debut at the LA Auto Show in November 2016 will be the EcoSport’s first major update since its launch.
|Model Name||Launch Date (expected)|
|2017 Ford EcoSport||Festive Season 2017 (October 2017)|
Although yet to be officially confirmed, our sources inform us that the launch of the new model EcoSport in India is scheduled to take place this festive season. According to latest reports, Ford will introduce the Ford EcoSport facelift to the Indian public in October and open bookings as well. Prices are expected to be announced in November followed by deliveries that are likely to commence in December. It was spotted for the first time in a service center in February 2017 while camouflaged test units were first sighted on Indian roads in May 2017.
|Variant||Ex Showroom Price (Estimated)|
|Base Model||Rs. 7.20 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs. 11.50 lakh|
Age and the arrival of the Maruti Vitara Brezza had a major effect on the sales of the EcoSport. It currently averages around 3,600 units a month as opposed to Vitara Brezza’s monthly average of around 10,000 units. Ford India might consider lowering the starting price to around 7 lakh Rupees in a bid to regain the lost market share. Currently, this is what the EcoSport price list looks like.
|Variant Name||Ex-showroom Delhi Price|
|Ford EcoSport Ambiente 1.5 L Ti-VCT Petrol Manual||Rs. 7.18 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Trend 1.5 L Ti-VCT Petrol Manual||Rs. 7.93 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 L Ti-VCT Petrol Manual||Rs. 9.09 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium Black Edition 1.5 L Ti-VCT Petrol Manual||Rs. 9.27 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 L Ti-VCT Petrol Automatic||Rs. 9.99 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 L Ti-VCT Petrol Automatic||Rs. 10.17 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Trend+ 1.0 L EcoBoost Petrol Manual||Rs. 8.63 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Trend+ Black Edition 1.0 L EcoBoost Petrol Manual||Rs. 9.03 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.0 L EcoBoost Petrol Manual||Rs. 9.96 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium+ 1.0 L EcoBoost Petrol Manual||Rs. 10.14 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Platinum Edition 1.0 L EcoBoost Petrol Manual||Rs. 10.46 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Ambiente 1.5 L TDCi Diesel Manual||Rs. 7.83 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Trend 1.5 L TDCi Diesel Manual||Rs. 8.53 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Trend+ 1.5 L TDCi Diesel Manual||Rs. 8.93 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Trend+ Black Edition 1.5 L TDCi Diesel Manual||Rs. 9.33 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 L TDCi Diesel Manual||Rs. 9.69 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium Black Edition 1.5 L TDCi Diesel Manual||Rs. 9.87 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium+ 1.5 L TDCi Diesel Manual||Rs. 10.26 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Titanium+ Black Edition 1.5 L TDCi Diesel Manual||Rs. 10.44 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Platinum Edition 1.5 L TDCi Diesel Manual||Rs. 10.76 lakh|
Ford EcoSport rivals other compact SUVs such as the
|2017 Ford EcoSport Petrol Specifications|
|Engine||1.5 L Dragon Petrol/1.0 L EcoBoost Petrol|
|Power||120 PS (estimated)/125 PS|
|Transmission||5 speed Manual or 6 speed Automatic/5 speed Manual|
|Claimed Mileage||16-17 KMPL (estimated)/18.9 KMPL|
In June 2016, it was reported that the 2017 EcoSport will debut a new 1.5 L 3 cylinder petrol from the ‘Dragon’ engine family. The Brazil-spec model comes with this engine and latest reports confirm it will be available on the new 2017 EcoSport in India. It is likely to replace the current 1.5 L Ti-VCT four cylinder petrol.
|2017 Ford EcoSport Diesel Specifications|
|Engine||1.5 L Diesel|
|Transmission||5 speed Manual|
|Claimed Mileage (current model)||22.27 KMPL|
|Variant||Claimed Overall Fuel Efficiency|
|Petrol||1.5 L Dragon Manual - 16-17 KMPL
1.5 L Dragon Automatic - 15-16 KMPL
1.0 L EcoBoost - 18.9 KMPL
|Diesel||1.5 L TDCi Diesel – 22.27 KMPL|
Seen here are the fuel consumption figures of the EcoSport 1.0 petrol and 1.5 diesel currently on sale as tested by ARAI. As the 1.5 L petrol is an all new engine, we have mentioned estimated figures.
The exterior of the new EcoSport builds on the strengths of the outgoing model, which is a product of Ford’s global design language based on five main elements – Silhouette innovation, perceived efficiency, refined surface language, technical graphics and new face. Changes are restricted to the front end. It features Ford’s signature trapezoidal grille with a generous dose of chrome. The new headlamps get projector units with LED daytime running lamps. The turn indicators are placed in the wedge shape fog lamp enclosure.
India-spec EcoSport will continue with the tailgate mounted spare wheel. Test mules spotted in May sported gray 17 inch alloys, while the more recent sighting in June reveals black rims. This indicates that Ford will continue to offer the EcoSport in ‘Black Edition’ trims. These sightings also confirmed the introduction of a new Arpoadar Red paint shade.
Major changes have been made to the cabin of the new EcoSport, specifically the dashboard design. Ford claims their design team put in thousands of hours of observation to assess the daily habits of consumers and gain feedback to optimize the layout. They even used line of sight tracking software for further optimization to create a user-centric new interior design. Ford found that most users preferred physical controls for bits like volume adjustment and AC settings.
The new EcoSport features a redesigned centre console sporting an 8 inch floating touch screen, repositioned air vents and new controls for the HVAC unit. There is also a new 3 spoke steering wheel and a new instrument cluster with a high resolution MID on offer. Readers with a keen eye will notice similarities in the dashboard design with that of the outgoing model. Bits like the side air conditioning vents, glove box, and door pads are identical to the current car. Ford will drop the all black interior for a black and beige colour theme. In features, Ford will offer the EcoSport with the latest SYNC 3 AppLink software with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.Ford will also add cruise control to EcoSport's list of equipment.
|Length x Width x Height||3999 x 1675 x 1708 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1200-1289 kg|
|Wheel Type and Size||16 or 17 inch alloys|
|Boot Space||346 L|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||52 litres|
A new three cylinder locally made 1.5 L Dragon petrol engine option will be added to the EcoSport according to the latest media reports. It will come with manual and automatic transmission options along with paddle shifters.