Ford EcoSport Diesel : Road Test
Even if you have finally managed to zero in on the car that you really want to buy so bad that you have already waited for its launch for months on end, the biggest dilemma you will encounter is actually after it hits showrooms. That’s the point when you have to start wondering about the various variants on offer coupled with the engine options – this generally involves a detailed look at the brochure followed by a quick glance into your bank account and then back to the brochure.
That pretty much sums up a general car buying experience I guess, but with the EcoSport, there’s one more thing to worry about. Of course, this little SUVs biggest USP is that itself – that it is a little SUV. But then there’s that little gasoline engine option that calls itself the EcoBoost – a 1-litre technological marvel of such proportions that it has garnered multiple Engine of the Year Awards for itself on a global scale through the past few years.
While those accolades do give a lot of credibility to the EcoSport’s smaller petrol engine (it also comes with the 1.5-litre petrol DuraTec mill), there’s that most important factor of the price tag to consider. And the price almost always tilts the EcoSport battle from being technology versus convention (EcoBoost vs DuraTec) to being petrol versus diesel (DuraTec vs DuraTorq) in the classic sense of operation in India.
The 1.5-litre DuraTorq oil burner itself is no powerplant that you can afford to shrug away and not regret it later – it is a proven mill that has architectured the success of the Fiesta and the Figo over the years. It’s really no surprise then that this 1498cc oil burner is probably going to end up winning the biggest chunk of the Ford EcoSport sales pie, after all petrol isn’t cheap and somehow India has come to relate the SUV with diesel no matter how big or small they may be.
With 91PS of power on tap peaking at 3750rpm, the EcoSport’s diesel mill may not be the most powerful among the one-and-half-litre clan, but it’s the 204Nm of torque that really makes the difference. This peaks between a very low 2000-2750rpm which also means that maximum torque is made available almost as soon as you start rolling.