With the Ford EcoSport it seems the company has struck the right chord in terms of design and proportions as this automobile since it perfectly fits between the MUV/SUV segment and hatchback segment of the market. Through all these qualities, Ford EcoSport tells out boldly that it is an automobile built for city drives as well as off-road drives. Fit and finish of the automobile is what distinguishes it from other cars in the market.
Ford EcoSport has three different types of engines and comes out in four levels of trim. A wide range of colour options add more flavour to the personality of the car. Kinetic Blue, Sea Grey, Panther Black and Diamond White are just few of the colours.
While building the Ford EcoSport, the automaker has concentrated on fuel efficiency while not neglecting power which is very much necessary for a car with SUV characteristics. The EcoBoost engine from Ford which is an award winning motor is a 999 cc petrol unit which is capable of producing 123.3 bhp @ 6000 rpm and has a peak torque rating of 170 Nm @ 1400-4500 rpm. It uses timing belt and turbocharger to improve efficiency and power output. Other engine options include the Turbocharged Common Rail Injection 1498 cc diesel motor which generates 89.8 bhp @ 3750 rpm. The maximum torque from this engine is 204 Nm @ 2000-2750 rpm. A 1499 cc TiVCT petrol engine also comes in the options list giving out 110 bhp @ 6300 rpm and has its maximum torque rated as 140 Nm @ 4400 rpm.
Ford has included two transmission systems for EcoSport. There is a 5-speed manual transmissions system which is designed for smoother gear shifts. The 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission system with dual-clutch gear box is only available with the petrol and is smooth and responsive. The EcoBoost offers ample performance despite the small engine size but in terms of efficiency it is the diesel which strikes the best balance.
Ford EcoSport introduces itself with a tall stance which goes down well. The lean upper front grille with Ford logo is followed by the thin but aggressive looking headlamps followed by a huge lower front grille. The bumper has horizontally split ports with chrome lining. Bold character lines extend on the sides of the body meeting the rear tail lamps. The rear styling is sporty as well. The design of alloy wheels is something that catches the sight at first glance. Apart from the 200 mm ground clearance and high approach and departure angles, roof rails and a spare wheel mounted to the rear of the car gives it the SUV personality.
The interior of Ford EcoSport concentrates primarily on space and utilities. There is enough legroom, headroom and shoulder room for passengers inside the car. Through SYNC application one can operate the Bluetooth device through simple voice commands. The sporty design of dashboard and the ergonomics of control buttons can please any passenger to the highest extremes. High-end equipment like automatic AC, cooled glove box, push button start function and power operated ORVM elevate the value of this splendid compact SUV. EPAS gives a wonderful experience of steering the car as its light yet offers feel.
Safety is one of the strengths of this mini SUV when compared to other vehicles in the market. Ford has equipped the EcoSport with some top-end technologies like Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control, ABS and airbags to keep every drive safe while the boss of the vehicle is busy exploring the world.
The Ford EcoSport has been a product that we have been waiting for a long time and we have to say that it has been worth the wait. It looks stunning and is packed with features which you will not find in its rivals. The EcoBoost engine offers performance but without low efficieny and we think the EcoBoost is the highlight of the EcoSport range though the petrol automatic also is tempting for its sheer useability. For those seeking a diesel the EcoSport also does well with a torque rich motor and excellent efficiency. Overall the EcoSport is the ideal family car for India.