While the upcoming facelifted EcoSport has been spotted undergoing road tests, we thought, it’s worth revealing in advance the changes that it will get in its refreshed avatar.
Ford EcoSport is indisputably the highest-selling car from carmaker Ford in the Indian car market since its inception in 2013. Lately, the carmaker has been dropping hints about its update. We believe that the time is finally here as the test mules of the updated EcoSport have been spied doing test runs a few times already.
While the automobile giant has not spilled the beans about the much-awaited SUV officially, spy shots have unveiled quite a bit of information and rumors have already started doing rounds in the car market.
Here are the 5 snazziest pieces of information that we have rounded up for you.
- Exterior design update
The EcoSport Facelift will display quite a few changes to the front face. It is expected to flaunt a large grille at the front, flanked by LED headlights as per the recent spy shots. The LED DRLs will be placed on the bumper in a triangular fashion and will also double up as turn indicators to get that rugged look. The side profile sees a redesigned set of alloy wheels. However, the rear profile will be more or less unchanged with the boot-mounted spare wheel.
2. Interior design update
Not much has been gathered about the interior improvements as it is just a facelift, except the speculation that the vehicle might receive a new textured dashboard, maybe of a lighter shade to improve the sense of space and updated upholstery. The cabin of the facelifted SUV can get a larger touchscreen infotainment system with a SYNC 3 interface to keep up with its contemporaries.
- Powertrain updates
With the Ford and Mahindra JV fall-through, the latter will no longer be supplying 1.2-liter mStallion petrol engine to the former. That being said, Ford is expected to continue with its two current engine options:
- a 1.5-liter NA petrol (123 PS/149 Nm)
- a 1.5-liter turbo-diesel (100 PS/215 Nm)
A 6-speed manual transmission is offered as standard on both, with the petrol engine getting a 6-speed automatic gearbox option as well.
- Expected launch date
The facelifted Ford Ecosport could launch either around Diwali this year if everything goes well, or by early 2022. As of yet, no official announcements have been made by the motor-maker, but we are counting on it happening in the coming months.
5. Next-Gen in progress
Ford Ecosport’s updated avatar will be the second update for the current iteration of the Ford EcoSport. Interestingly, it may also be the last update for the current model since the new-gen Ford EcoSport SUV is expected to be launched in 2023. Guess we will have to wait to find out for sure. You can trust us to dish out every minuscule detail about it when the time comes.
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