Ford EcoSport is arguably the originator of the compact SUV segment in India. Even though it is getting a bit old, it still remains quite capable. Check out this Ford EcoSport crossing a river
The Ford EcoSport was one of the first compact SUVs to be launched in India. Before the segment became the hottest thing in the country with virtually every automaker launching one, the EcoSport was one of Ford’s most successful products. Recently the US-based automaker launched a SE variant to freshen up the design, with the new model ditching the boot lid-mounted spare wheel. Though compact SUVs are not exactly proper off-roaders with 4x4 systems, owners still tend to do some light off-roading with their vehicles. Today we came across this video of a Ford EcoSport wading through a river.
The video has been uploaded by AutoTrend on YouTube. The red Ford EcoSport had to wade through a water crossing which was flooded due to heavy rainfall. We can see the vehicle entering the river slowing with two persons guiding the driver from the outside. The driver crosses the river in a single try without stalling or stopping midway. The EcoSport has a wading capacity of 550 mm, the best in the segment and it came in handy in this situation. As a comparison, proper 4x4s like the first-gen Mahindra Thar and the Force Gurkha have a wading capacity of 550 mm. Even a bigger off-roader like the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross has a lesser wading capacity of 500 mm. But do note that only a good wading capacity does not make the Ford EcoSport a true off-roader.
Prices for the Ford EcoSport range between Rs 7.99 lakh – Rs 11.49 lakh, ex-showroom. You get a choice of two engines when buying an EcoSport, the petrol unit being a 1.5-litre unit that makes 122 PS/149 Nm of max power and torque. The oil-burner is a 1.5-litre unit as well and churns out peak power and torque figures of 100 PS/215 Nm. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual for both engines, while the petrol engine also gets the option of a 6-speed torque-convertor automatic.