Ford India has announced the launch date of the new EcoSport and the company will announce the price of the car on November 9, 2017. Earlier this month, we had exclusively unboxed the new avatar of the subcompact SUV and told you all about the features that were on offer. The new EcoSport gets brand new styling, lots of tech upgrades, a new engine and gearbox option and will have a formal market launch next month.
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The first thing you will notice about the new Ford EcoSport is its bold new face. There is an upright trapezoidal chrome grille that will remind of the Endeavour but when you take a closer look you notice how different it really is. Adding to that is a slightly raised and more muscular hood. There are daytime running lights now, and the fog lamps have grown in size and emphasize a redesigned front bumper. The bumpers in fact are raised and have not just a more SUV like approach and departure angle now - but also add to a more typical SUV-like stance too.
The wheels though are larger in the top spec - 17" now unlike the 16 inchers previously. There is also a new alloy pattern. The boot now gets a two-level position for the floor, that can be dropped a few inches down to allow for more cargo room. We are told that there was a lot of debate on whether the spare wheel at the rear would be positioned on the rear door, but Ford finally came to a decision that the wheel will be retained.
The cabin has been majorly spruced up and now gets a new dash design. The tiny info screen is gone and instead you get a big 8" touchscreen that dominates the central console. The big screen is only on the top two variants, while the mid versions still get a 6.5" touchscreen. It is the window to the car's upgraded infotainment and connectivity suite too that works with Sync 3 now and also provides mobile navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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The new EcoSport will get a 1.5-litre diesel and a new 1.5-litre, 3 cylinder petrol engine. There's a power bump on the petrol too as it churns out 120 bhp and 150Nm torque. There are no changes in the power figures of the diesel. Ford will want to price it right considering that the EcoSport is all set to take on the segment leader Vitara Brezza, and the new comer Tata Nexon.