The 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift AWD was the biggest highlight at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and make things more interesting, Ford has announced that the new model will be manufactured in India. The car will be produced in Ford India's Chennai plant and will be exported from here. The new EcoSport, for the first time, will get an all-wheel-drive system as well, sadly though, initially it will be available only in the US market. The India-bound EcoSport facelift, however, will get an all-new and more powerful 1.5-litre petrol engine from the company's new engine line-up, so we are happy on that front. The EcoSport facelift will make it's India debut on October 29, followed by the launch later.
USA Today, an American daily, said, "EcoSport is going to be made in India and imported into the US," it said, adding the car will be manufactured in Chennai before it goes on sale in 2018." Speaking to the newspaper, Michael O'Brien, Ford Marketing Manager for SUVs, said, "We build EcoSport in six locations around the globe. We sell it in 100 markets, and so, just like we make Explorers and export from here into other global markets, we are going to export EcoSport from Asia Pacific, and we are going to sell it here in the US." (Read: Ford EcoSport Minor Update Coming; Major Model Facelift Only By Diwali)
The new US-spec Ford EcoSport facelift will be manufactured at the company's facility in Chennai, where the outgoing EcoSport is made. Ford has manufactured the EcoSport in India since 2013 and has been exporting it to several global markets, and the US will be a new addition to that list. Currently, the EcoSport is also manufactured in other countries like Brazil, Thailand, and Russia. Considering Maruti Suzuki is set to launch the Ignis crossover next year, which also get AWD, Ford might consider the EcoSport AWD as an option for India as well. Also Read: 2017 Ford EcoSport Facelift Spied Testing In India
The new model of the Ford EcoSport comes sporting a refurbished front that includes a hexagonal two-slat grille, redone headlamp cluster, a sportier bumper with a faux skid plate, and larger fog lamps. The Ford EcoSport in the US will be offered with a choice between the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines. And as mentioned before, the SUV will also receive front- and all-wheel drive options. Also Read: Ford EcoSport Facelift Spotted Testing In India Again