Ford EcoSport Diesel 1.5 Ambiente Review
Economical and SportyMonday, November 11, 2013
Ford EcoSport is a sub-four metre compact SUV with stunning looks that was first unveiled in 2012 at the Auto Expo in New Delhi. It immediately created a stir in the SUV market of India. It was released in Brazil and China with great enthusiasm and also got overwhelming appraisal and positive reviews. Ford has launched the EcoSport in India (on 26th June, 2013) and the bookings of Ford EcoSport are now open; the booking amount is INR 50000. Its most important feature for Indian market is its mouth-watering price range that is almost equal to C-Segment sedans that makes it a worthy winner. The base variant of EcoSport is priced at only INR 5.59 lakhs (ex-showroom). India has already witnessed Renault's compact SUV 'Duster' that made quite a repo and image in the Indian market. It is extremely manoeuvrable in city conditions of India. It also has huge front bumper and peeled-back head lights with a sporty rear-end placing it in the Ford's latest design theme. It also guarantees excellent mileage and reliability because of its EcoBoost engines. It is a SUV that is particularly designed for Indian market needs.
The Ford EcoSport is powered by a tiny and highly efficient 999cc three-cylinder petrol engine that is EcoBoost. It produces 123 Bhp and 170 Nm of torque with the help of turbocharging which is also very eco-friendly compared to other SUVs in its segment. It is also available in diesel engine that is a 1.5 litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit that produces 90 Bhp and 204 Nm of torque. This engine is also very economical that gives almost an average of around 22km/l on highway runs. The petrol and diesel engines of EcoSport, both are matted to five-speed manual transmission that powers front wheels. The top-end petrol variants of Ford EcoSport are also available with dual-clutch six-speed automatic gearbox that is highly efficient and reliable. The ARAI certified mileage of the Ford EcoSport is as follows – 15.6 kmpl (1.5 Petrol AT), 15.8 kmpl (1.5 Petrol MT), 18.9 kmpl (1.0 EcoBoost), 22.7 kmpl (1.5 Diesel). These figures will be attracting many Indian buyers for sure.
Ford EcoSport comes equipped with 16 inch alloy wheels making it more dashing and exquisite. The whole design of this SUV is based on American engineer's new Kinetic design philosophy. It also has a spare tyre added to it at the back that increases its bulkiness and also helps Ford in cutting the length for tax subsidies, thus making it a proper SUV. The instrument dials have blue lighting which is cool and easily readable. It also have a lot of features for the passengers comfort like power windows, AC, electrically adjustable ORVMs with central locking, smart Start/Stop button with hill launch assist to avoid rolling back of vehicle and V-shaped central consoled dashboard with edgy AC vents.
The dashboard also has a big glove box, a miniature cooler to keep things fresh and cool. It is also providing an under seat tray to keep essentials. It has a boot capacity of 346 litres which can be extended to 560 litres by folding the rear seats. The EcoSport also has a powerful music system with voice control system containing USB and Aux-in ports for connecting music gadgets. It also has a Bluetooth connecting facility through SYNC. These audio and Bluetooth controls can also be found on steering wheel. It is available in orange, kinetic blue and yellow colors in India.
The EcoSport is also made for competing in off-road abilities with high ground clearance of 200mm and 550mm water wading capability. It is available in 10 variants with 1.5 L petrol engine has four, 1.0 L EcoBoost petrol engine has two and 1.5 L diesel engine has four variants. Ford EcoSport is available in seven shades: Mars Red, Chill Metallic, Moondust Silver, Kinetic Blue, Sea Grey, Panther Black and Diamond White. Ford has managed to price the EcoSport very competitively at INR 5.59 lakhs for the base model of 1.5 petrol. The 1.0 EcoBoost model is priced at INR 7.89 lakhs. The base model of EcoSport diesel is available for INR 6.69 lakhs (1.5 Ambiente). The automatic variant of 1.5 petrol is available for INR 8.45 lakhs (1.5 Titanium AT). All these prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
Ford EcoSport is available in 10 variants with three engines options. The 1.5 P is available in four variants: Ambiente, Trend, Titanium MT and Titanium AT. The 1.0 EcoBoost petrol is available in two variants: Titanium and Titanium (O). The 1.5 D is available in four variants: Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium (O).
The base variant of EcoSport is Ambiente, it comes with these features: EPAS with tilt/telescopic steering, AC, Music System, electrically adjustable outside rear-view mirrors with integrated turn integrated, remote central locking, front power windows, body coloured bumpers, MF display, foldable rear seat, front power source and 15 inch full wheel covers. The next variant is Trend, in addition to the features of Ambiente, it comes with ABS+EBD, split folding rear seat, rear parcel tray, steering mounted audio controls, rear power windows, rear defogger, rear wiper, rear washer, body coloured outside rear-view mirrors, silver ornamentation and rear power point.
The third variant is Titanium, in addition to the features of Trend, it comes equipped with six-speed Powershift automatic transmission (1.5 petrol), leather wrapped steering, SYNC system, 16 inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control system, front fog lamps, driver seat lumbar support, roof rails, front armrest, cooled glove box, dual front airbags, chrome exteriors and reverse parking sensors. The top variant is Titanium (O), in addition to the features of Titanium it comes with leather seats, push button start, key-less vehicle system and side plus curtain airbags.
Ford is offering warranty of 2 Years/100000 kms in EcoSport, whichever is earlier. Ford India is also offering extended warranty to cover your car against all mechanical and electrical failures, for an additional period. Ford is also offering lots of official accessories for the EcoSport like Alloy Wheels 15" Size, Rear Spoiler, Front Fog lamp Kit, Air Deflector (Slim-line Weather shields), Headlamp Guard, Acrylic Bug Deflector/Bonnet Protector, Chrome Finisher Front Grille, Side Running Board, Reverse Parking Sensors, Roof Rack Tray, Roof Styling Rails & Cross Bars, Spare Wheel Cover, Front and Rear Bumper Appliques, Mud Flaps and Car Cover.
At this price point, it is the best car (SUV) in its segment. With its striking design, brilliant fuel efficiency and power packed performance it’s undoubtedly a complete value for money car.