Ford EcoSport Struggles at Rohtang Pass, Shows Off its Pseudo-SUV Credentials

by Mohit Bhardwaj | 21/12/2020
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Ford EcoSport is one capable compact-SUV yet sold in an FWD configuration only. Take a look at this clip where it struggles in finding traction, showing its pseudo SUV credentials.

Ford EcoSport is the car that got buyers to the sub-4m Compact-SUV segment. Although Premier Rio was the very first product in this space, it could never grab the attention of the Indian audience. The EcoSport received a warm response for its styling and driving dynamics. Even today, the EcoSport manages to be the highest-selling product of the American carmaker in the Indian market.

While the EcoSport kick-started the segment it currently competes in, it is coming up as a product to showcase the cons of a pseudo SUV. Recently, we came across a video, where the Ford EcoSport can be seen struggling to climb an incline. This time around, we fell upon another video where the EcoSport can be seen struggling to make its way up an incline on Rohtang Pass.


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The EcoSport is based on the same platform that underpins the Fiesta. Moreover, it is an FWD car, wherein the power is sent to the front wheels only. Thus, in case the front wheels run out of traction, the car gets stuck. Something similar happened with the EcoSport in this video. Since the terrain was loose; the front tyres could not grip the surface, and thus, wheels started to spin freely. This is a very common issue with all the sub-4m compact-SUVs. However, it can be resolved to some extent with the use of a traction control system.

In this situation, on the other hand, other road users came forward to push the EcoSport and helped it make its way through the tough situation. Reducing the air pressure in such a condition can also increase the traction by a small margin.

Ford EcoSport Struggles at Rohtang Pass, Shows Off its Pseudo-SUV Credentials


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Talking of the EcoSport’s powertrain, it is on sale with two engine options: a 1.5L petrol and a 1.5L diesel one. The petrol unit can push out a rated power output of 122 PS and 149 Nm of max torque. The oil burner can develop 100 PS against 215 Nm. Transmission options on the EcoSport include a 5-speed MT and a 6-speed automatic. The latter is available in petrol trims only. Prices for the EcoSport start at Rs. 8.19 lakh and go up to Rs. 11.73 lakh. The pseudo SUV rivals the likes of Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, and more.

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