Ford launches EcoSport at Rs 7.31 lakhs in India

The Ford India on Thursday launched its much-awaited 2017 EcoSport in India in both diesel and petrol variants with a starting price tag of Rs 7.31 lakh (ex-showroom).

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The petrol version of new Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) EcoSport is available with the 1.5-liter engine. The ARAI certified fuel efficiency of the EcoSport petrol is 17 km/l and 14.8 km/l for the manual and automatic variants respectively.

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While the price of the existing model has been retained, the new EcoSport has as many as 1,600 changes and dual front air bags and ABS come as standard equipment, he added. The turn signals are placed in a new triangular enclosure along with the fog lamps and sit lower on the bumper which also features an integrated skid plate. However, all models pack a slew of new features across variants. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are present for the new infotainment system with the latter getting Siri integration but missing out navigation. It can also be operated through voice commands and steering mounted controls. The petrol-automatic model also features paddleshifters, hill start assist, ESC and traction control, while the top-spec Titanium+ trim gets side and curtain airbags along with Isofix child-seat mounts at the rear. The updated EcoSport is available in 5 variants - Ambiente, Trend, Trend+, Titanium and Titanium+. While the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza does not have a petrol version as of today, there is one in the works with the 1-litre turbocharged petrol Boosterjet engine that powers the Baleno ₹. While the diesel option has the same engine as previous, having a mileage of 23 KM per liter. The 1,498cc four-cylinder engine of the diesel EcoSport produces 98.6bhp at 3,750rpm and 205Nm of torque between 1,750-3,250rpm.

The petrol EcoSport gets an all-new 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated engine that puts out 123 PS of power and 150 Nm of torque, mated to either a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission.

The EcoSport continues to use the same 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that powered the outgoing auto.

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