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The New Ford EcoSport Is Out And About Testing Its BS6 Engine


The subcompact SUV with a BS6 engine was spotted while being tested for emissions

 

  • The EcoSport is available with three engine options: 1.5-litre Dragon petrol, 1.0-litre Ecoboost and 1.5-litre TDCI diesel.
  • The 1.5-litre TDCI diesel is expected to be updated before April 2020.
  • The 1.0-litre Ecoboost might be replaced with the new 1.2-litre Mahindra turbo petrol engine.
  • Currently, the EcoSport is priced from Rs 7.81 lakh to Rs 11.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The last time we shared something about the EcoSport was way back in June when Ford offered the Thunder Edition in India to fend off competition from the Hyundai Venue. With competitive rivals such as the Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Maruti Brezza and the upcoming Kia QYI, the EcoSport is starting to lose some of its edge. Meanwhile, Ford is planning to make things better and will be introducing BS6 power plants in the EcoSport soon. A test mule was also spotted while being tested by ARAI for emissions. In other news, Ford India has also joined forces with Mahindra for a new joint venture, which will result in 7 new products starting mid-2020.

The test mule was spotted with the emission testing equipment connected to its tail pipe and with BS6 and ARAI stickers on its rear windshield. But, the specific engine being tested remains a question. Ford currently offers three engines in India. The oil burner is a 1.5-litre that churns out 100PS/205Nm. The petrol engines on offer are a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre Dragon engine that produces 123PS/150Nm and the award-winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost good enough for 125PS/170Nm.

Ford has already made it clear that it will update its diesel engines before April 2020. Hence, the 1.5-litre TDCI motor is expected to be updated and might be the one spotted here. The 1.5-litre Dragon Ti-VCT petrol engine will also be updated while the fate of the 1.0-litre Ecoboost is still uncertain. 

The 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine is also likely to be replaced with a new 1.2-litre Mahindra turbo petrol engine that will be BS6-compliant. The engine is expected to be more powerful than the current XUV300’s 1.2-litre turbo-petrol that develops 110PS and 200Nm. Ford and Mahindra, as a result of the new JV, are expected to introduce three utility vehicles under the Ford brand. A Jeep compass rival is also on the cards and is likely to debut by mid-2020. Currently, the EcoSport is priced from Rs 7.81 lakh to Rs 11.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

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