Ford Ecosport has shown an amazing water-wading capability in a new video that has surfaced online
Sub-4-metre SUV segment is on the rise in recent years. Before the sub-4-meter SUV reaches such huge popularity, it was the EcoSport that first attracts customers into this segment. Car buyers love the Ford Ecosport for its reliable performance and a well-equipped feature list. However, as the competition in this space builds up, Ford EcoSport is no longer the segment-leading model. It faces fierce competition from newer and better-equipped models like Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and newly-launched Hyundai Venue.
To refresh the appeal for the EcoSport, Ford has recently introduced the facelift version of the Ecosport. Despite its attempt to revive Ecosport's popularity, Ford Ecosport still struggles to keep its place in the chart. With that being said, Ford EcoSport is still a good option for the mid-size SUV segment customers with decent offroad capacity. In the following video, the Ford Ecosport is captured bravely crossing an overflowing river.
Around the monsoon season, many roads across India are heavily waterlogged. As a result, water crossings are seen more frequently. In the video, the EcoSport is caught in the same situation when it has to cross an overflowing flood in Hyderabad with confidence and absolute reliability. On the other hands, the video also captures a nearby pick-up which is stuck in the deep water and can barely move away from its position. Throughout the video, the water wading ability of the EcoSport was highlighted. In fact, with water wading depth of 550 mm, Ford Ecosport features one of the best water crossing capability in its class. To put things in perspective, other off-road-focused vehicles like Force Gurkha and Mahindra Thar feature wading depth of 500 mm and 550 mm respectively.
In the India market, Ford EcoSport is only available in front-wheel-drive configuration while in other markets, Ford EcoSport is offered in an all-wheel-drive form as well. The lack of a 4WD system is one of the reasons why it could not compete with other genuine off-road vehicles like Force Gurkha or Mahindra Thar.
Ford EcoSport has a high water wading depth that on par with Force Gurkha and Mahindra Thar
Even though having a respectable wading depth cannot guarantee a well-round off-road capacity, it has something to offer when it comes to water crossing especially in the areas that are prone to be flooded during the rainy season. For example, in this situation, the Ford EcoSport performs very well in the heavily overflowing area. Currently, Ford EcoSport is available in the India market with three engine options, including a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit as well as a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. The two petrol units are able to put out 123PS/150Nm and 125PS/170Nm while the only diesel unit is good for 100PS/205Nm. About the transmission options, the 1.5-litre diesel engine comes exclusively with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine gets a 6-speed manual transmission.
Only the 1.5-litre petrol engine is available with both manual and automatic transmission – a standard 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The current model of the EcoSport is fully-equipped with all the essentials, for example, a large touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, sunroof, cruise control, push-button start, rain-sensing wiper and auto projector headlamps. On the safety front, it is equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor as standard features while the top-spec variants get some more advanced fitments like ISOFIX child seat anchor, traction control, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist and hill start assist as well as side and curtain airbags. At the moment, Ford EcoSport is on sale at the price from 7.81 - 11.35 lakh. For more interesting stories, visit IndianAuto.com.