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. He pointed out in a lighter vein that he needed to save at least some of the details for the launch.
While it has been widely assumed that the diesel variant of the EcoSport will be powered by the ‘developed for India’ 1.5L TDCi engine we’ve seen in the all new Fiesta, we believe there might be something more to Mr. Boneham’s statement. The 1.0L EcoBoost is expected to pip every other petrol engine under 1.6L displacement, thanks to its direct injection of fuel and turbocharging, delivering performance equivalent to that of a 1.6 L engine while keeping consumption of fuel low. While the 1.5L DuraTorq diesel mill makes the all new Fiesta a capable cruiser, it isn’t what you would call a sprinter. The 1.0L EcoBoost is expected to make the EcoSport just that, a sprinter.
Ford might have seen the need to have a diesel mill that can retain the characteristics that the EcoBoost powered EcoSport would be defined by.
We will be bringing your more updates on the EcoSport, do keep an eye out on our rSeries Ford EcoSport launch in India : Price, Specs where we aggregate all the updates on this particular topic chronologically for your easy navigation.