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USA to get India-made Ford EcoSport from 2018

USA to get India-made Ford EcoSport from 2018
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Thursday 17 November 2016, 16:13 PM

The EcoSport compact SUV is a considerable contributor to Ford’s overall sales in India as well as overseas market. The American automaker unveiled the facelift EcoSport at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and will go up on sale in America sometime by early 2018. Fresh reports indicate that Ford will be importing the EcoSport from its Indian facility starting 2018, while the facelift version is likely to be introduced in India in 2017.

The new Ford EcoSport is the automaker’s smallest SUV to be introduced in its local market.  The America-bound model will be powered by a 1.0-litre EcoBoost motor as well as a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. Both the engines will come in six-speed AT and AWD options. As for the Indian market, we will also get the 1.5-litre engine in petrol and diesel guise.

India being familiar to the Ford’s popular selling product, the new EcoSport does not seem like a major change and comes forth with mild cosmetic upgrades in form of a new grille, redesigned headlamps and a sportier bumper with faux skid plate and larger fog lamps. The rear also comes with a contrasting bash plate element which has been integrated into the bumper.

The interior comes with refreshing change in terms of features as well as design. The seats get offset body coloured stripes, while the door/dashboard get exterior colour coordinated inserts. The automaker has also revised the instrument cluster and introduced a new colour digital display. Moreover, it also features an eight-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3 system. In India, the new facelift version will help it strengthen its position in the compact SUV space, while it the US customers might see it an upgrade to a feature loaded crossover.  

 

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