The 2016 Ford EcoSport – Bold and Beautiful
Ford has enjoyed quite a lot of success in the Indian marketplace lately. While the initial generation saw the Ikon and Fiesta across the streets, the newer generation is seen driving Ford Figo, Ford EcoSport, and Ford Endeavour. All its launches have been quite successful in respective segments, be it hatchback, crossover, or a full-size SUV. Taking the crossover category, EcoSport can very well be said as the most successful car in India. Scenario is such that you’ll be able to spot one almost anywhere. In short, EcoSport has been a huge success story already; the newer model is now available with some added features. Let us check out what this crossover from Ford has in store for us.
We have something for the crossovers, especially the Ford EcoSport. It is lovely and stands apart from its competitors. It is priced nicely, has great driving dynamics, is good on fuel economy, and is excellent on style. While there are some 5-seater crossovers available in the Indian market, no one else has been able to make a mark as great as the EcoSport. The other crossovers are either too dull or overpriced. All in all, a great package of performance and price is what makes the EcoSport the best crossover for Indian roads.
EcoSport is available in 3 engine options – 1.5L diesel, 1.5L petrol, and 1.0L petrol EcoBoost. With different combinations of engines, fueling options, and transmissions, it is available in 12 trims in total. The only trim to have automatic transmission is 1.5L petrol Titanium AT. The specifications and features reviewed in this article are of the top variant – the 1.5-Liter Diesel Titanium+ with manual transmission. Come; let’s check out more of this economical and sporty vehicle – EcoSport.
Internal and External Features
It is sub-4-meter crossover SUV with overall length of 3,999 mm and width of 1,765mm. It has a wheelbase of 2,520 mm, height of 1,708 mm, and ground clearance of 200 mm. Some of the standard external features in top variant include head lamps with Lightguide, fog lamps, roof rails, rocker & bumper claddings, rear defogger and rear wiper with washer.
Some of the internal features include under-passenger seat storage, driver’s seat armrest, driver seat height adjustment, driver adjustable lumbar support, illuminated passenger vanity mirror, front & rear 12V power points, 60-40 rear seat split back fold down, rear seat reclining, and rear seat tip & tumble. It also gets a push button start, front map-reading lamps, climate control, cooled glove box, and steering-mounted controls.
Entertainment, Infotainment, and Connectivity
You get to see a lot of meters and gauges in the EcoSport. Some of them are tachometer, econometer, distance to empty, average fuel economy, average speed, and outside temperature.
In terms of infotainment, you get 4 speakers with Bluetooth connectivity, SYNC AppLink with voice control, AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 player, auxiliary input, USB, and a 3.5-inch multifunction screen.
Engine and Performance
As mentioned above, EcoSport comes with 3 engine options – 1.5L diesel, 1.5L petrol, and 1.0L petrol EcoBoost. While the 1.5L petrol and diesel engines have almost same displacement of 1,499 cc, the power output of all three engines is different. The 1.5L petrol engine produces 112 PS at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 140 Nm at 4,400 rpm, 1.5L diesel engine produces 100 PS at 3,750 rpm and maximum torque of 205 Nm at 1,750-3,250 rpm. The especially-designed EcoBoost engine produces 125 PS at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 170 Nm at 1,400-4,500 rpm.
The 2016 Ford EcoSport has a fuel tank capacity of 52 liters. The EcoBoost petrol engine has a highway fuel economy of just over 18 kmpl, 1.5L petrol engine scores 15 kmpl, and the 1.5L diesel engine has a highway fuel economy of just over 22 kmpl.
The EcoSport is as safe as any other car in its class. With airbags all around you and highest level of technology working, you ought to feel safe. Some of the safety features include ABS, electronic brake distribution, smart keyless entry, driver airbag, emergency brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control system, Hill Launch Assist, passenger airbag, side & curtain airbags, Emergency Assistance, configurable speed alarm in fuel computer, ISOFIX (child seat fixing points), rear parking sensors, emergency brake hazard warning, remote central locking, immobilizer system, and electric swing gate release.
Price and Availability
The base variant, i.e., 1.5L petrol Ti-VCT starts at INR 6.69 lakhs. The price goes up to INR 9.75 lakhs for 1.5L diesel Titanium Plus manual transmission.
EcoSport has been in high demand ever since its introduction; therefore you may need to call your nearest Ford Dealership to confirm the availability of particular trim. You may need to wait for a month or two to get delivery of EcoSport due to high demand.
The 2016 Ford EcoSport has everything you can ask for from a car of this segment, right from great driving dynamics to high-end features, etc. This feature-laden crossover is the best value for your money. It fits both in tight spaces and your pocket. In short, if you are looking for an exciting and complete car, go for the 2016 Ford EcoSport.
A lot of competitors recently entered into the crossover market, but haven’t been able to deliver up to the mark when compared to the EcoSport. The competitors are either priced higher or are too dull to be compared. The segment of 5-seater crossover SUV has jumped to a next level where you’ll also find Renault’s Duster and Hyundai’s Creta. Other 5-seater crossover SUVs that are available in the market are Nissan’s Terrano, Maruti Suzuki’s S-Cross, etc., but nothing competes the pricing, features, appearance, and features of EcoSport. It is a big package in small price.
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