Ford Ecos­port

The Ford EcoS­port has been given a facelift, as well as a new petrol driv­e­train. Does it move the game on?

Evo India - - FORD ECOSPORT - Pho­tog­ra­phy: Ro­hit G Mane

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?

Dragon­heart

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

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