2017 Ford EcoSport
2017 Ford EcoSportFord

American carmaker Ford showcased new EcoSport compact SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 14 November. Apart from the restyled face and devoid of rear mounted spare wheel for the US, the highlight is the top of the line SES series that will feature Intelligent 4WD, sport-tuned suspension and steering, copper accents for the interior and sports seats. Emerging reports indicate this model may debut in India as well.

As of now, Ford confirmed AWD equipped EcoSport only for US market. The US-spec EcoSport models will be manufactured in India at the Chennai plant. Hence, chances are high that SES series will also get launched in India, reports Rushlane.

India launch of the new EcoSport is expected in mid-2017. In the latest avatar, EcoSport gets one-piece hexagonal grille in place of the split grille in line with companies bigger SUVs — the Kuga and the Edge. The headlamps, fog lamps and the bumper have been reworked at the front while sides get newly designed alloy wheels. Even though rear door mounted spare wheel has been dropped for US market, Asia-bound versions are expected to continue without change.

On the inside, 2017 EcoSport gets a new dashboard and steering wheel. It boasts of more advanced SYNC3 infotainment technology. A new 8-inch screen working in tandem with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto commands, and B&O Play audio settings have been added.

For India, the current powertrains are expected to continue. EcoSport in India is sold with a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, which is tuned to dish out 99bhp of power. The petrol mills are a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. If AWD option is offered, it will be most likely to be coupled with 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol unit.