2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift comes with sharper exterior changes and raft of interior modifications; will get new 120 PS 1.5L Dragon petrol engine
The facelifted version of the Ford EcoSport sub-compact SUV was revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Originally tipped to premier at the Sao Paulo Motor Show, Ford decided to give it a public showcase instead at its home country as the model would be one of the four products planned for US in the next four years.
Set to arrive in US in Q1 2018, it will be the positioned lower than the Ford Escape and is going to be the smallest SUV to be offered there. As the new compact SUV will be manufactured in India and exported to US, the probabilities of a larger 2.0L engine equipped 4WD model cannot be ruled out for our market in the near future.
It has adapted design cues from the current generation Ford Edge as the spy images of the facelift’s test mule regularly ran around the internet for some months had revealed. It appears that the Blue Oval will slowly be expanding the entry of the new facelift into the developing markets.
It will retain the tail-gate mounted spare wheel with similar overall design as in the US-spec version in markets like India and China as you can see from the first set of spy images. The facelift is manufactured at Ford Brazil’s plant in Camacari. The EcoSport, which has global significance for the brand, is one of the highly appealing vehicles for Ford worldwide and also in India.
The bestselling product for the American manufacturer has loads of importance in our market but its global reach cannot be undermined as Ford reaps new sales targets courtesy of this compact and capable SUV. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 Ford EcoSport facelift from Indian buyer’s perspective:
2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift India Launch
|Ford EcoSport Facelift Launch||November 9|
The world premiere was hosted at the 2016 LA Auto Show before going late last year. The EcoSport is the brand’s best-selling model in our domestic market and thus we expected a launch to happen during the final quarter of 2017 around Diwali or early next year -considering that it has received a minor update in January.
However, a fresh report on internet went on claim that 9th November we would see the real deal. Also, deliveries are said to begin from the same month onwards.
2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift India Price
|Ford EcoSport Facelift Price||Rs. 7.4 Lakh to Rs. 11 Lakh|
Offered in a massive 18 trims levels, the existing EcoSport starts with a price of Rs. 7.31 lakh for the entry level Ambiente variant and it goes up to Rs. 10.92 lakh (both ex-showroom Delhi) for the range-topping Platinum diesel edition. We predict the price range to stay similar across all variants when new EcoSport comes up for sale despite being a proper facelift. Four trim levels for US market include S, SE, SES and Titanium. As the Titanium S grade is spotted with distinctive 17-inch alloy wheels and styling, we could have it as the range-topper for the domestic market.
2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift Engine, Specification and Mileage
|Engine||1.5-litre Diesel / 1.0-litre EcoBoost Petrol / 1.5-litre Dragon Petrol|
|Power||99 bhp at 3,750 rpm / 124 bhp at 6,000 rpm / 120 bhp at 6,500 rpm|
|Toruqe||205 Nm at 1,750 rpm / 170 Nm at 1,400 rpm / 150 Nm at 4,500 rpm|
|Transmission||six-speed Manual / Six-Speed Automatic|
The Ford EcoSport facelift will have the same award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged engine all along for India according to reports. However, it could be tweaked for better fuel efficiency. The transmission options will continue to be a standard five-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. However, the 1.5-litre petrol mill won’t be there.
Ford is reported to include the 120 bhp producing 1.5-litre Ti-VCT naturally-aspirated three-cylinder Dragon petrol engine, from Latin American market, for India. The 1.5-litre TDCi diesel will continue to feature in the facelifted model as well. However, more markets are expected to get four-wheel drive system on top-spec trims which mean if introduced in India, it could become the cheapest AWD on offer. Ford has re-located the production of Euro-spec EcoSport from India to Romania as over €200 million is being pumped into Craiova Assembly plant.
For US market, customers will be able to opt for either a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine or a larger 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor. While no technical specifications of these engines are announced yet, Ford confirmed that the 2.0-litre mill will be paired with a four-wheel drive system as standard. Both powertrains will be coupled with six-speed automatic transmissions.
2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift Mileage
|Ford EcoSport Facelift Mileage||16 kmpl for Dragon petrol, 19 kmpl for EcoBoost petrol and 23 kmpl for diesel|
The mileage figures are expected to remain more or less similar. Ford’s existing powertrains are already fuel efficient, thus we expect minor tweaks with the 1.5-litre Dragon petrol returning 16-17 kmpl, EcoBoost 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre TDCi to have fuel consumption of 19 kmpl and 23 kmpl respectively.
2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift India Dimensions
The 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift will measure more or less similar to the outgoing version. It currently has length of 3,999 mm, width of 1,765 mm, height of 1,708 mm with 2,520 mm wheelbase. Tipping the weighing scale at 1.2 tonnes, Ford could lower the kerb weight for improved handling and increased frugality. The bootspace capacity will likely remain at 346 litres besides having a fuel tank capacity of 52 litres.
2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift Exterior
The new EcoSport will have a matured design language keeping the existing overall silhouette intact as the exterior will bear influences of the current generation Kuga and Edge. The compact package will be underlined by revisions to headlamps with sleeker LED Daytime Running Lights and projector lamps, enlarged trapezoidal radiator grille with dual slats and black plastic mesh pattern, Edge-inspired fog lamps, redesigned bumpers at front and rear and a new tail lamp cluster design.
While the side profile is kept almost similar, the styling inspiration it will derive from the larger Edge has been influential as it now looks sharper and modern. The signature tail-mounted spare wheel will be continued at least in the Asian-spec EcoSport while there will be a new set of alloy wheels as well but the US-spec model will have tyre inflator kit instead without the spare wheels. The global reach of the EcoSport is further substantiated with exterior changes as they appear conventional and likable.
2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift Interior and Features
On the inside, the facelifted EcoSport receives a brand new dashboard with improved centre console comprising less buttons making the model more upmarket. There will also be presence of a newly designed multi-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls, the high-positioned latest SYNC3 infotainment system with a new colour display allowing for navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone integration along with a revised instrument cluster, fast-charging USB ports, two 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt outlet and new rectangular AC vents.
The dashboard design of the current model will be retained for some markets like India we would predict. More features are believed to be added to the equipment list which may include TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) for better safety and mileage, reversing camera, additional safety technologies, etc. Ford could introduce Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity courtesy of the new Microsoft’s SYNC3 infotainment package that made its way into the Endeavour recently.
New B&O Play audio system as standard on the EcoSport Titanium featuring 10 speakers and 675 watts of power, cluster ring and cluster appliqué, window regulator switches and air register tabs, leather upholstery for seats, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, electro chromic mirror, optional dual-tone interior and leather upholstery are other important features listed on US-spec EcoSport.
2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift Key Rivals
The current Ford EcoSport set benchmark in the sub-four metre compact SUV segment three years ago but it was largely capitalised by the Vitara Brezza as it the current leader in that particular space. While the facelifted EcoSport will have to deal with the unrelenting popularity of the Brezza, it will have to deal with the Honda WR-V and Mahindra TUV300 along with the highly promising Tata Nexon.
2018 Ford EcoSport Facelift India Images
Spy Source: Vikram