Ford will soon launch the 2016 EcoSport in India as it has teased the new EcoSport via its Social media platform. The teaser image flaunts a pair headlamps flanked by LED Daytime running lights. Not a long ago, new EcoSport was spotted at dealer’s stockyard in a new ‘Golden bronze’ color shade and comes with no changes at all. Earlier, there were reports that the 2016 EcoSport will shed off the tailgate mounted spare wheel.
While the company has not made changes to the design of new EcoSport but concentrated more on mechanical alterations. The facelift will continue to get choices of two petrol and diesel engines. The petrol department would be taken care by the same 1.0 liter Eco boost and 1.5 litre engines.
The diesel will get some mechanical changes as the 1.5l TDCi engine will be re-tuned to produce 99bhp (9bhp more than the outgoing model) and 215Nm of peak torque, similar to Figo Aspire and new Figo. The transmission options will remain same and an automatic transmission will be offered with 1.5l Ti-VCT petrol engine on Titanium trim.
The 2016 EcoSport will be offered in five trims- Ambient, Trend, Trend+ (new), Titanium and Titanium plus. Ford recently introduced new EcoSport for the international markets which don’t feature tailgate mounted spare wheel.
Speaking of the changes, EcoSport will be offered with a new steering wheel housing Piano black finish and new audio control buttons, all black interiors with chrome/silver detailing, bigger 4”display for infotainment and reversing camera and re-positioned hand lever.
The top variants of 2016 EcoSport will feature leather seats, satellite navigation, reversing camera with display, automatic headlamps with DRLs, rain sensing wipers, front 12V power socket, fully foldable rear seat, Tachometer, front chrome grille, new fog lamps, bigger 16 inch alloy wheels, and keyless entry with push start button.
On safety front, ABS with EBD and driver side airbags will be available as standard across all variants while six airbags, EBA, ESC, TCS and hill start assist on the Titanium AT variant is also on board. Ford has worked on the NVH levels and transmissions for better low end torque delivery and slow speed drivability.