The New Ford EcoSport Facelift Expected in India in February 2021

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Ford Ecosport is a sub combat cross over SUV originally built in Brazil. Ford launched a second-generation model in 2012, assembled in new factories in India, Thailand, Russia and Romania. Ecosport entered the North American market in 2018. The car entered the Indian market in 2012 but didn’t receive any generational updates. Therefore the Ecosport felt outdated compared to the rivals. Hence Ford is planning to launch Ford Ecosport Facelift in 2021. Before diving into the details of the upcoming sub-4m SUV,  let’s discuss its predecessors. 

First Generation Ford Ecosport

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Ford Brazil developed the first generation Ecosport in 2003. It used the Cologne-built European Fiesta and European Ford fusion platform. IFord became one of the best-selling models in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Mexico. It competed against Fiat Palio Weekend Adventure and Volkswagen CrossFox. The first generation Ecosport came with four engine options:

  1. Zetec-Rocam 1.0 L gasoline 8v supercharged, 70kW
  2. Zetec-Rocam 1.6 8v gasoline/ ethanol, 82kW
  3. Duratec 2.0 L gasoline 16v 107kW
  4. Duratorq 1.4L TDCi Diesel, 50kW

All models had manual transmission as standard. EcoSport received a mid-cycle restyling at the end of 2007. The carmaker completely renewed the front to make it similar to the contemporary Brazilian restyling of Ford Fiesta. They also updated the rear lights, bumpers and interior, giving a new dashboard with better quality materials.

Second Generation Ecosport

The Ford Brazil development centre developed the second generation EcoSport. The 2011 Ford Fiesta B2E platform was the base for the 2012 EcoSport. The company launched the new Ecosport in 2012. The SUV for domestic sale in India was manufactured at Ford India’s Chennai plant. Ford’s plant in Thailand makes the car for Southeast Asian markets. As of 2015, the Chennai plant sold 200,000 EcoSports. In 2016 Ford started supply of the Ford India EcoSport in the US market. In some countries, the EcoSport has a 1.0- litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine. This engine has a power output of 120 PS and 170 Nm of peak torque.

2018 New Ford EcoSport Facelift

The EcoSport facelift 2018 received mid-cycle updates including a revised front end bumper and a redesigned rear bumper. It also got an optional 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple Carplay and Android Auto. It came with the 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine for FWD models and the 2.0 four-cylinder petrol naturally aspirated engine for 4WD models, both paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The company dropped EcoSport from its Australian line-up and replaced it with the sportier European Ford Puma.

2021 New Ford EcoSport Facelift

Design New Ford EcoSport Facelift

Pininfarina, the Mahindra owned Italian car design company designed the 2021 New Ford EcoSport Facelift. Recently an image of the New Ford EcoSport Facelift leaked on the internet. The image indicates a completely redesigned front fascia. The image also shows a large radiator grille with a triple LED DRL setup and a sleeker pair of headlamps. There might be an increase in ground clearance.

There are black parts on the car that give a tough look to the car. The new EcoSport will have the Ford badge offset on the grill. This will add to the visual appeal from the front. It gets Power fold mirrors with puddle lamps. Another exterior feature is the smart entry with capacitive touch.

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The biggest update will be a primitive level of the advanced driver assistance system. The visual changes include black cladding all around the wheel arches and a 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheel.

The interior includes an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford’s SYNC3 technology, a smart button with a push-button start, and a front centre armrest. It has automatic headlamps, cruise control and a reverse parking camera. It will offer a unique pattern on seat upholstery with contrast stitching. Other hosts of equipment include Bang& Olufsen sound system, keyless entry and many more.

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Powertrain

2021 New Ford EcoSport Facelift will come with the same 1.2-litre mStallion TGDi turbo-petrol engine. This same engine will soon debut on the Mahindra XUV300 Sportz. This engine delivers a maximum power of 130 PS and 230 Nm of peak torque. It might retain the current 1.5 -litre oil burner engine that produces 100 PS power and 230 Nm of peak torque. Mahindra’s new mStallion petrol powertrain will replace the 1.0 L EcoBoost engine. The new one might get a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox option.

Safety Features

The new SUVs top variant comes with 6 airbags. The AT variant gets Hill launch Assist, traction control and cruise control features. Other variants have dual airbags as standard and Ford’s Emergency Assistance System. This system will automatically connect to the emergency services in the situation of an accident. All models will get the Anti-lock Braking System as standard.

Dimensions

The 2021 Ford Ecosport might get some dimensional changes as well. It might be bigger and offer more cabin space compared to the existing EcoSport. The boot space might also improve.

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Colours

The car will be available in 7 colour variants:  Canyon Ridge, Lightning Blue, Diamond White, Moondust Silver, Race Red, Absolute Black, Smoke Grey.

Launch

There is no official confirmation from Ford regarding the Launch of the Ford EcoSport facelift in India. However, sources expect that the carmaker will be launching the new EcoSport in February 2021. 

Price

Presently, the Ecosport retails between ₹ 8.19 lakh and ₹ 11.70 lakh. However, the new one might have a minor increase in its price.

Rivals

Ford Ecosport rivals Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Maruti Suzuki Brezza and Nissan Magnite.

Other Upcoming Subcompact SUV in 2021

  • Tata HBX: Tata HBX concept based micro SUV unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo will enter the Indian market in 2021. ALFA modular platform underpins the Tata HBX. It features Tata’s IMPACT 2.0 design language like the Altroz premium hatchback. It will compete against Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV200 NXT. HBX comes with a 1.2-litre, 3 cylinder Revotron petrol engine that delivers 85 bhp and 110 Nm of torque. The engine pairs with a 5-speed manual and an AMT unit. The expected price of the car is around Rs. 4.5 lakh- Rs. 7 lakh.
  • Renault HBC Kiger:  Renault will launch an all-new HBC compact SUV in India in early 2021.  It uses the locally developed CMF-A platform. It will rival Tata Nexon, Ford Ecosport, and Mahindra XUV300. The sub 4m SUV comes with a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engine. These engines generate 71 bhp with 96 Nm and 99bhp with 160 Nm respectively. It comes with two transmission options, manual and automatic.  The expected price is around Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh.
  • Honda sub-4m SUV: the Japanese automaker will launch a sub-4m SUV in India in 2021. It will be a global product based on the new-gen cities platform. However, the Indian spec model might use new-gen Amaze’s 2UA platform. It comes with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol paired to Honda’s compact hybrid system-HEV. The gasoline unit delivers 120 bhp at 5500 rpm and 173 Mm of peak torque. The expected price is around Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 11 lakh.
  • Jeep 526 Compact SUV:  Jeep India revealed its plan to launch a sub-4m SUV based on Fiat Panda’s 4×4 platform. It comes with a new 1.5 L diesel and D tuned 1.3 L petrol engine. They pair with both manual and automatic versions. The Jeep’s small SUV will compete with the Mahindra XUV 300, Ford Ecosport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. The price of the car will be around Rs 9 lakh- Rs.12 lakh.
  • Tata Blackbird: Tata blackbird is the new upcoming compact SUV in India in 2021. It is a premium car line up between Tata Nexon and Harrier. Reports suggest that the car will share its platform with Cherry Tigo 5Z. Not much is revealed about Tata blackbird till now. But it will be one of the best compact SUVs to be launched in 2021. Tata blackbird will compete with Kia Seltoz, Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta.

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