One of the oldest in the lot without having gone through a generation change, the EcoSport continues to march in to the new year. Ford is trying to add more value to the EcoSport compact-SUV and the brand has reduced prices across the variants up to INR 35,000. The 2021 Ford EcoSport Titanium & Titanium+ variants now include a sunroof to attract customers. Ford is also offering a 1,00,000 km or 3-year warranty as standard along with a claim to have the lowest cost of maintenance at 36 paise / km. Ford claims that the updates to the 2021 EcoSport have been made considering customer feedback and interest.
|FORD ECOSPORT – 1.5l Ti-VCT PETROL|
|Ambiente MT||INR 7,99,000|
|Trend MT||INR 8,64,000|
|Titanium MT||INR 9,79,000|
|Titanium+ Automatic||INR 11,19,000|
|Sports MT||INR 10,99,000|
|FORD ECOSPORT – 1.5l TDCi DIESEL|
|Ambiente MT||INR 8,69,000|
|Trend MT||INR 9,14,000|
|Titanium MT||INR 9,99,000|
Ford claims that for a 5-year ownership or 60,000 km cycle, the EcoSport petrol needed just INR 21,754 for maintenance and INR 27,882 for the diesel variant. That equals to 36 paise / km & 46 paise / km respectively. However this claim can differ based on individual use and the costs shared are not from an official authority like ARAI. The good thing is that the EcoSport continues to be offered in a petrol and diesel engine option even in the BS6 era.
Powering the EcoSport diesel is a 1.5L, 4-cylinder, turbocharged, TDCi motor producing 100 PS of power and 215 Nm of torque matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The petrol motor for the EcoSport is a 1.5L, TiVCT, turbocharged, 3-cylinder block producing 122 PS of power and 149 Nm of torque matched to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed conventional slush box automatic.
Key highlights on the 2021 Ford EcoSport SUV includes the FordPass smartphone app free of cost which also comes with a cloud connected device fit from the factory. Other features include up to 6 airbags, SYNC 3 infotainment system, 8″ touchscreen unit, a 9″ touchscreen infotainment on some variants with in-built navigation, HID headlamps which are automatically turned on, DRL, electrochromic rear view mirror, engine start / stop button, rain sensing wipers, alloy wheels, roof rails, etc.
Ford’s old but competent EcoSport is now facing tough competition from the likes of Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the recently launched value champion Nissan Magnite. When will Ford wake up and give Indian buyers a new-generation EcoSport? Nobody knows.