Ford EcoSport could lose features like SYNC3 infotainment system, leather upholstery and cruise control in the Titanium+ variant
Ford India will reportedly be slashing some of the features from the Titanium and Titanium+ variants of the EcoSport. The high-spec Titanium+ trim offered in 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol manual, Ti-VCT petrol AT and 1.5-litre TDCi diesel manual is said to see a huge drop in features.
Equipment such as ambient lighting, Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system, leather seat upholstery and cruise control won’t be available anymore speculatively. It could also lose Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity in favour of a sunroof, and two-tone beige and black interior theme.
The EcoSport Titanium variant sold in a total of two trims (1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol manual and 1.5-litre TDCi diesel manual) will have sunglass holder and rear passenger centre armrest eliminated as well. The sub-four-metre SUV, despite being the brand’s top-selling product, has been facing heat from new rivals in recent times.
The five-seater set the early benchmark in its segment only for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza to topple it with conviction. The arrival of Tata Nexon in late 2017 has been another hammer blow for the American SUV while the debut of Mahindra XUV300 in February 2019 and the newly launched Hyundai Venue would not make life easier for the EcoSport either.
The EcoSport is currently priced between Rs. 7.83 lakh and Rs. 11.90 lakh (ex-showroom) and the reduction in features in the Titanium and Titanium+ variants could bring the prices down significantly by around Rs. 50,000. Ford will be launching the Thunder edition of the EcoSport soon in India and it will replace the Titanium Signature variant.
It will get a nine-inch FlyAudio touchscreen infotainment system two-tone leather upholstery, new alloy wheels, rear spare wheel cover, sunroof, glossy black roof, black hood decals, etc. It is expected to be available with either the 1.5-litre petrol or 1.5-litre diesel engine, connected to a manual transmission.