Eventually, shutting down all anticipations, Ford launched its much awaited compact SUV, the EcoSport in India. The EcoSport has been priced at a shocking Rs. 5.59 lakh for its base variant (1.5 liter petrol). Meanwhile, 1.5 L diesel priced at Rs 6.69 lakh, 1.0 L EcoBoost petrol at Rs. 7.90 lakh and 1.5 L petrol auto at Rs 8.45 lakh (all are ex-showroom Delhi prices). The EcoSport is available in 4 versions- Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium Optional. The booking has been started at Rs. 50,000. Presently, the car is manufactured in Ford's Chennai plant.
While launching the EcoSport, Ford India Private Limited's President and Managing Director, Mr. Joginder Singh said that the EcoSport would be a milestone for the Indian automobile industry. It would surely be a game changer of Ford India. Hopefully, this would be a massive hit for the firm.
With the launch of the EcoSport, Ford has introduced its world class Ford Emergency Assistance system. The system is to help when the car gets involved in an accident or any emergency cases. How the system works is when the car gets involved in an unfavourable situation, a critical voice message is sent from the car's system to the remotely placed emergency centre. The Emergency Assistance system also works when the airbags and fuel pump are damaged. Here we can access hands-free communication with the concerned authorities. Ford has also provided an option to sync smartphone to communicate. And the Sync Emergency Assistance service is absolutely free without any hidden charges from the company.
Moreover, the EcoSport is offered with more safety features such as front and rear airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) system, rear parking camera with sensors, keyless entry, and Hill Climb Assist. Unfortunately, these are available only in top variants. The standard model is loaded with child safety door locks, central locking, engine immobiliser, electronic swing gate release, locking wheel nut for spare wheel, and seat belts.
The 1.5 L petrol Ambiente MT, 1.5 L petrol Trend MT, 1.5 L Titanium MT, and the 1.5 L itanium AT come with a 1499cc engine which is capable to deliver maximum power of 112 Ps @ 6300 rpm and maximum torque of 140 Nm @ 4400 rpm. While, the 1.0 L petrol Ecoboost Titanium MT and the 1.0 L petrol Ecoboost Titanium (O) MT are coupled with a 999cc engine. It fires out a gorgeous power of 125 Ps @ 6000 rpm and stunning torque of 170 Nm @ 1400-4500 rpm. Last but not least, the diesel variants are wedded with a 1498cc engine, which is well packed to generate 91 Ps @ 3750 rpm and respectable torque of 204 Nm @ 2000-2750 rpm.
It's for sure that the EcoSport that comes in the same class of the Duster has already been a nightmare for Renault. The Duster is hugely priced at starts at a whooping Rs. 8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), where the EcoSport does magic at Rs. 5.59 lakh. More impressively, the EcoSport spots more sportier than the Duster. So a Duster-killer has risen.
The Duster-killer, EcoSport is a shock treatment for the Renault Duster, which is highly priced.
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