Mumbai, Shazida Khatun: Ford India, has unveiled the innovated car, Ford EcoSport 2016, during the Autocar Performance Show (APS) 2015. This is a face-lifted version of the original EcoSport, with the petrol engine remaining the same but, the diesel engine has been upgraded.
It is expected that the 2016 EcoSport will be ranging between 6.79-10.44 lakhs, though this is not fixed, as the vehicle is yet to be launched. The colors of the vehicle are also yet to be decided, but it is expected that apart from the existing seven colors, the new EcoSport would be introduced in Golden Bronze color, as well.
The original Ford EcoSport, launched in 2013, was available with petrol and diesel engines. The 2016 EcoSport will also be available in both, except that there is a huge difference in the diesel powered engine, in which the 1.5 liter TDCi diesel motor now, produces a peak power of 100ps, while the earlier model produced a power of a power of 91 ps. Similarly, the torque produced is also higher at 205 Nm, 1Nm more than the earlier version, which was producing 204 Nm. However, it is seen that the mileage of the new EcoSport may reduce insignificantly to 22.27 km/l, from the earlier 22.67 km/l. There is no change in the 1.5 liter Ti-VCT and the 1 liter EcoBoost petrol variants and their mileage also remains the same.
The 2016 EcoSport sports a new steering wheel, also leather covered and the dashboard is beautified with piano black accents, touched up with chrome, instead of the earlier silver colored one. The driving dynamics seems to have been given a boost, with electronic power assisted steering settings. The dashboard now, features a bigger 4 inch color display system, giving out information about the journey.
The hand brake lever is also expected to be leather covered and the rear view mirror inside is said to be an electro-chromatic one. The noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels, inside, have been reduced with increased cushioning to absorb the extra noise, vibration and harshness of the engine.
The body structure and design of the new EcoSport is expected to remain almost the same as its earlier model. As with the earlier model, the body looks macho, with its assertive looking wide bumper, making the bonnet look small. The radiator grille is expected to be honeycombed and fixed just below the bonnet. An addition to the new EcoSport is the rain sensing wipers, which help the driver avoid switching on the wiper, as the wiper starts performing at the smallest hint of rain. ORVMs and door handles are body colored. A chrome door handle is seen at the back and so is the rear mounted spare wheel.
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