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Review: Ford Ecosport

Ford India had unveiled its compact SUV Ecosport at their stall in the Auto Expo 2012 and recently they have launched it in the Indian market at an attractive price range starting from INR 5.59 Lakhs (Ex-showroom New Delhi).
It is very clear from the past few days that the vehicle was really very much welcomed by the Indian car market which has recently seen a slow down. Ecosport has already got more than 30,000 booking in three weeks after its launch. Now it has got a huge booking period for some of its variants. Is it really worth waiting for this Urban SUV (as called by Ford India)? Let us know Ford Ecosport in detail and find it out.
Ford utilized the government regulation for vehicles below four meter by just one millimetre. But it still has the looks of a mighty SUV with a small grille with the Ford logo at the top and a separate octagonal grille below it. The headlamps are slim and contrast with the grille pattern. Ecosport has a high bonnet and waistline. It also has black colour cladding all around the lower part of the vehicle. Then comes the spare wheel mounted at the rear which gives a complete SUV look.
Ford Ecosport is offered in ten variants and three engine options. Engine options include 1.0 Litre Ecoboost engine petrol engine, 1.5 Litre petrol engine and 1.5 Litre diesel engines. Ecosport comes with five speed manual transmission along with an option of six speed power shift automatic transmission in the 1.5 Litre petrol option. As per the equipment level inside the vehicle it is classified into four like ambiente, trend, titanium and titanium optional with ambiente the base and titanium optional the top one.
Ecoboost engine is a much acclaimed engine which got the Engine of the Year award. This engine is actually 1.0 Litre (999cc) unit with a compression ratio of 10:1 and has a maximum power output of 125PS @ 6000rpm, maximum torque of 170Nm @ 1400-4500rpm with a fuel efficiency of 18.88 Kmpl (ARAI certified). Ecoboost engine is available only with titanium and titanium optional which is fully loaded. This package is in view to promote the new Ecoboost engine.
The other petrol engine is the 1.5 Litre (1499cc) with a compression ratio of 11:1 and has a maximum power output of 112PS @ 6300rpm, maximum torque of 140Nm @ 4400rpm. It is available in ambiente, trend and titanium. The automatic version of Ecosport is available only with this engine option in titanium.
Ford’s popular TDCi diesel engine is inside the Ecosport also, which is a 1.5 Litre (1498cc) unit with a compression ratio of 16:1 and has maximum power output of 91PS @ 3750rpm, maximum torque of 204Nm @ 2000-2750rpm with a fuel efficiency of 22.67Kmpl (ARAI certified). This engine option is available in ambiente, trend, titanium and titanium optional.
Ecosport is well sized with 3999mm length, 1765mm width, 1708mm height and a wheel base of 2520mm. It has a turning radius of 5.3m and a ground clearance of 200mm. These proportions really make it an urban SUV for a better ride in traffic.
Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) with pull drift compensation technology is there for better steering and has an independent McPherson strut with coil spring and anti-roll bar at the front and semi-independent twist beam with twin gas oil filled shock absorbers at the rear for better suspension. Brakes are ventilated discs at the front and drum at the rear.  
Ecosport has a better safety and security features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), airbags, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Launch Assist (HLA), configurable speed alarm in fuel computer, smart keyless entry, immobilizer system, rear parking sensors etc depending on the variants.
Like an SUV, Ecosport has 200mm ground clearance and 550mm water wadding capacity which makes its way through potholes, ditches etc. It has a better sound insulated cabin which makes it quiter inside. With its fine packed size it can fit in any corner of the city just like a hatchback.
Ecosport has SYNC technology which makes it easy for hands free phone call, hands free music, listens to texts and even in an emergency. It has a keyless entry and push button start button, 60:40 foldable rear seats to give 705 litres of space in the back, cooled glove box, many intelligent storage compartments etc.
Ford Ecosport is available in seven colours of mars red, diamond white, kinetic blue, moon dust silver, chill metallic, panther black and sea grey at an attractive price tag
1.5L Petrol Ambiente

1.5L Petrol Trend 

INR 6,49,990
1.5L Petrol Titanium INR 7,50,990
1.5L Petrol Titanium AT   INR 8,44,990
1.0L Ecoboost Petrol Titanium   INR 7,89,990
1.0L Ecoboost Petrol Titanium (O) INR 8,28,990
1.5L Diesel Ambiente INR 6,69,000
1.5L Diesel Trend INR 7,60,990
1.5L Diesel Titanium     INR 8,61,990
1.5L Diesel Titanium (O)   INR 8,99,990
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