Recently, two units of Ford EcoSport were spotted doing rounds around the carmaker's Chennai-based plant shedding hint of a new power plant. Read the complete here.
Ford EcoSport is one of the oldest contenders in the sub-4m compact-SUV space. It was launched in the Indian market in 2013 and received a mid-life refresh in the year 2017. After being on sale for almost nine years now, the EcoSport is due for a generation change. However, recently two units of Ford EcoSport were spotted on roads around Ford’s Chennai-based manufacturing facility by David Shanthakumar. Interestingly, these cars were not wearing any camouflage, whatsoever. Also, these were different variants of the Ford EcoSport – Trend and S.
While the Trend trim featured black door handles and steel wheels, the S trim gets 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and body-coloured door handles. It also featured roof rails. Since Ford has recently revamped the variant line-up of the EcoSport, it is expected that carmaker is planning to introduce the option of a downsized turbo-petrol motor in the EcoSport. Earlier, the Ford EcoSport was speculated to go on sale with Mahindra’s mStallion turbo-petrol engine. And all thoughts are directed in this direction with these spy shots.
The mStallion turbo-petrol powerplant made its public debut in the Mahindra XUV300 Sportz, which was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. With a displacement of 1200 cubic centimetres, the mStallion motor can develop 130 HP against 230 Nm. The mStallion motor will come mated to a 6-speed MT only, initially. The option of a 6-speed AMT might come at a later stage. But since Ford and Mahindra have parted ways now, we doubt if Ford will be using the mStallion turbo-petrol motor in the EcoSport.
Currently, the Ford EcoSport is offered with two engine choices – 1.5L petrol and 1.5L turbo-diesel. The former is capable of developing a peak power output of 122 PS and max torque of 149 Nm. The diesel engine, on the other hand, dishes out rated power and torque outputs of 100 PS and 215 Nm, respectively. Transmission options on the Ford EcoSport include a 5-speed MT and a 6-speed AT. Talking of the prices, the EcoSport starts at Rs. 7.99 lakh and goes up to 11.49 lakh.