Ford EcoSport with a 1.0L EcoBoost engine spotted near Coimbatore

15/01/2013 - 12:43 | ,  ,   | Kaustubh Shinde

Your daily dosage of EcoSport spyshots today includes an orange colored EcoSport with the award wining 1.0L EcoBoost engine.

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Our avid fan Satish from Coimbatore sends us an exquisite set of images of a Ford EcoSport caught testing in Annur, near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

If you see the badge carefully, it says ‘EcoBoost’ on the right hand side. This is very important because for the first time the Indian masses will see a fully grown SUV powered by a diminutive 1000 cc engine. Yes, a microscopic 1L petrol engine will power the Ford EcoSport in India.

But it is not just any engine. This tiny warrior has won the ultimate accolade of the ‘Engine of the Year‘ for 2012, set 16 world records and arrived at auto show venues inside a suitcase.

Recent rumors suggest that the EcoBoost engine has undergone ARAI testing in India. Even with a high power output of 123 hp, the EcoBoost managed to get 17 kmpl in ARAI tests.

Sadly, there is a very good chance that this feat of engineering and technology will be overshadowed by the 1.5 diesel counterpart from the Fiesta. Most sales are expected to come from the diesel model.

Perhaps, the 1.0L Ford EcoSport will be marketed as a halo car for the EcoSport brand. We could see only 1 top-of-the-line variant with the 1.0L EcoBoost mated to a 6-speed, dual-clutch, ‘PowerShift’ gearbox.

Come on Ford India, it’s about time now!

 

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