Next-gen Ford Ecosport would come with sportier looks and a peppier mStallion petrol engine. This engine would soon be seen doing duties on the XUV300 Sportz.
Ford Ecopsort is the American brand’s sub-4m compact SUV offering for India. It was initially launched in the year 2013 and was then facelifted in the year 2018. The SUV has now turned almost 7 years old in the Indian market. Thus, it is expected to come in an all-new avatar in its next-generation soon. Although not much is known about the next-gen Ecosport at this point, it is going to be launched in the Brazillian market in the year 2021, before its expected India debut. Thanks to the Ford-Mahindra JV, the next-gen Ecosport would come with Mahindra’s mStallion engine, which would soon be seen be doing duty on the XUV300 Sportz.
The 3rd-gen Ford Ecosport would look much sportier than the outgoing car
The 1.2-litre mStallion is a 3-cylinder turbocharged GDI petrol motor that produces a peak power of 130 PS and 230 Nm of max torque. In the XUV300, it will come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Mahindra-sourced motor will replace the 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol seen on the outgoing Ecosport. The mStallion set of engines showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo also had a 1.5L turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0L turbo-petrol, which are also expected to make their way on the upcoming Ford products.
Next-gen Ecosport would come with a Mahindra-sourced 1.2L mStallion engine
In its current form, the Ecosport comes with 2 engine options – a 1.5L 3-cylinder naturally aspirated Dragon-series petrol motor that belts out 122 PS and 149 Nm and a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that churns out 100 PS and 215 Nm. The gearbox options comprise of a 5-speed MT and 6-speed AT with paddle shifters.
Next-gen Ecosport would miss out on a tailgate-mounted spare wheel
The next-gen Ecosport is going to adorn a new look and would look much sportier than the outgoing version. It will be underpinned by the modified B4 platform and would miss out on a tailgate-mounted spare wheel. The 3rd-gen Ecosport would also be a lower in height to be an even better handling car. It is expected to be a trimmed-down version of the Ford Puma sold in the international markets. As the latter measures at 4.19 meters, Ford might opt for the same approach as Mahindra when the latter designed the Tivoli based XUV300.