Ford will reportedly launch the 2018 EcoSport facelift in India on November 9 this year with updated design and features. The car maker is expected to begin delivering the car shortly after in the same month. While the price of the compact SUV for Indian markets rests unidentified, it will come with new engine options. The 2018 Ford EcoSport facelift will have a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine from the Dragon series which can churn out 125bhp power and 150Nm torque. This powerhouse will be coupled with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The other option will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged TDCi engine capable of producing 98.6bhp power and 205Nm torque. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine could also make a coming back with the 2018 Ford EcoSport.
Reports suggest that Ford might be thinking of bring the sportier Ford EcoSport S trim next month, making it the first sporty variant of a compact-SUV to be launched in India. As for enhancing changes, the hexagonal grille of the car, instead of the twin-spilt one it featured earlier, has been made quite prominent for a more SUV-like look and feel. The headlamps have been given a more angular look with a redone bumper and fog lamps. There is also black cladding all-around the exterior of the car.
The interiors of the 2018 Ford EcoSport facelift have been changed with a reformed center console. It now gets a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system running Ford’s SYNC 3.0, which is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and features enriched navigation features and voice recognition capability. Furthermore, the 2018 Ford EcoSport will allegedly come with cruise control, speed limiter function, rear-view parking camera, hill start assist and more.
On the safety front, the car will have Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and dual airbags in the front as standard issue. The higher variants will be conserved to 6-airbag system, rear parking sensors, Emergency Assist with rear camera, Blind Spot Monitoring System and more. Just a Titanium S TDCi variant of the new EcoSport was broke at a stockyard in India. It features sporty elements that include a blacked out grille, smoked lights and different alloy wheels. The new variant of the compact SUV from Ford is predictable to face tough competition in the bustling Indian compact SUV segment. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Breeza, Tata Nexon, S-Cross facelift, Honda WR-V and others are predictable to present a challenge to the new Ford EcoSport.