We have been discussing about the Ford Ecosport facelift for quite sometime now. While test mules of the Compact SUV from the American manufacturer have been spied in India couple of times, they were all heavily camouflaged and did not thrown much light on the looks of the Ford Ecosport facelift. Spy pics of the all new Ford Ecosport from Brazil were giving us some fair idea about what to expect from the SUV’s Indian avatar. Now, finally, Ford Ecosport has been caught finally on Indian soil completely undisguised! The SUV was seen doing testing near the highways of Chennai.
The spy pictures reveal a couple of Ford Ecosport facelifts merrily doing a test run near the company’s plant on the outskirts of Chennai. As evident from these pics, it is very clear that the Ford SUV has undergone significant changes at the front. Gone are those sleek looking thin headlamps and even thinner grille bearing the Ford logo. The older grille has been been replaced by a large hexagonal grille while the headlamps increase both in size and proportion in the front. Gone are the old rounded fog lamps which have been replaced by a bigger set of fog lights shaped like a wedge. All these changes reminds us of the Ford’s much bigger SUV, Endeavour.
The side profile on the whole remains unchanged except for the newly designed alloy wheels on the top end Titanium variant. The rear does not see any changes except for the addition of variant badges on the lower spec variants. The spare wheel cover design too is a new one!
The inside of the Ford Ecosport now comes with a newly designed instrumentation panel with a 4.2 inch Multi Information Display, SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen pop out display featuring the latest and greatest of tech world- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the safety front, Ecosport’s Titanium+ trim comes equipped with six airbags all around and that should not change.
While we expect Ford to continue with the same set of 1.0 L Turboboost petrol and 1.5 L TDCi diesel, it might replace the current 1.5 L four cylinder petrol with that of a new 1.5 L 3-cylinder mill from the company’s latest ‘Dragon’ series of engines.
The facelift is expected to be launched in India during the festive season in a segment now fiercely dominated by Maruti Vitara Brezza. With the impending launch of Tata Nexon, the Ecosport surely has a battle in its hands.
[Pics Credit: AnythingonWheels]