The Ford EcoSport has been given a facelift, as well as a new petrol drivetrain. Does it move the game on?
TTHE FORD ECOSPORT kicked off an entire segment — a booming one at that, one which shows no signs of slowing down. Back when it was launched, the demand for this sub-four metre SUV was unbelievable. The big hitters, Maruti Suzuki and Tata, have joined the party since then, not wanting to miss out on a slice of the pie. They moved the game on while Ford sat on its laurels and has been pushed to the sidelines. The update is finally here though. Is it good enough or too little too late?
While the diesel engine that accounts for over 70 per cent of EcoSport sales continues, the older 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine called Sigma has been replaced by the new ‘Dragon’ unit which also replaces the excellent and tech-laden (but very slow-selling) Ecoboost. This new Ti-VCT engine is a three-pot, and while it is a distant relative of the the three-cylinder turbocharged Ecoboost, it has a lot changed to make it lighter and more efficient. For starters, it has a displacement of 1497cc and it is naturally aspirated. Direct fuel injection has been deleted. What it does get are twin camshafts, which