What we know
The Ford EcoSport is one of the most eagerly expected vehicles in India at the moment. Slotting in under four metres in length, the EcoSport will benefit from tax norms allowing Ford to price the compact SUV in an attractive manner.
It will be available with three engines options one of which will be the cutting edge 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine that has been awarded for its class-leading performance and efficiency. The second engine option is likely to be the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine. The third engine option is yet to be revealed.
The Ford EcoSport has spacious interiors for its size and can seat five people in comfort and has a boot space of 346 litres. The rear seats can be folded 60:40 to throw open a total of 560 litres of rear space.
Practicality is enhanced by the SUV’s 200mm ground clearance and 550mm of wading depth. And while this is a front wheel drive vehicle, its 25º approach angle, 25º breakover angle and 35º departure angle will allow it to tackle light off-road tracks.
What we can see
The interiors of the EcoSport are similar to that of the Ford Fiesta. The door pads are the same and so are the dashboard, centre air vents, infotainment system and instrument binnacle. Ford has maintained the dark shade of the interior trim like that on the Fiesta and continues to stay away from the popular beige interior theme of the market.
In terms of equipment, the EcoSport will come loaded with similar levels of equipment as the current generation Fiesta. This will include Ford’s Sync voice-activated infotainment system that will allow Bluetooth-enabled phone and USB devices to be controlled via voice commands for browsing music and radio channels, make and receive calls and even read out text messages. There is also a high resolution parking sensor display showing where objects are behind the vehicle along with audible warnings.
Ford also claims that there are 20 storage spaces inside the cabin of the EcoSport which includes a space to store your umbrella, a sliding drawer under the front passenger seat. Another useful feature is the glovebox that can be cooled by the air conditioning.
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