Ford’s strategy of bringing 8 new models to India by 2015 will bring us the stunningly desirable Ford EcoSport this year, or early next year. The EcoSport which was unveiled on January 4th at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi has garnered the interest of the Indian consumer and the production version unveiled at the 2012 Auto China only served to increase the interest. The production model stays true to the concept with the exception of the LED lamps. This much awaited launch from Ford deserves to be one of our rSeries, and will help you keep track of the updates as and when they come.
The most recent update is that Michael Boneham, President, Ford India has confirmed that the EcoSport will be a sub 4 metre vehicle that will take benefit of the excise duty cuts and price the compact SUV aggressively.
The 1.0 L EcoBoost petrol and the
1.5 L Diesel should be available as engine options.
At the event celebrating Ford India’s milestone of assembling 400,000 engines in the Chennai plant, Michael Boneham, President & Managing Director, Ford India had two important announcements with regard to the EcoSport. One, was that the EcoSport would be assembled here for the export markets too, second being that while there will be the petrol 1.0 L EcoBoost engine, there will also be a diesel variant, the details of which he did not want to divulge at the time. This might be a new engine built to give performance that will be comparable to that of the 1.0L EcoBoost petrol.