Ford EcoSport began the development of the compact sub-Four meter SUVs in Malaysia and the most recent model of the automotive simply pushes the bar for the phase additional increased. We drove the brand new 2017 Ford EcoSport at a media drive occasion not too long ago. We drove each the Petrol and Diesel variants of the automotive. On this evaluation, we share our views about each the variants and what we really feel about this new mannequin. We attempt to cowl all the sensible elements which you must think about earlier than shopping for. Allow us to get began.
2017 Ford EcoSport will get a brand new entrance. Though it appears to be like very acquainted in case you are accustomed to the earlier mannequin, but it’s got parts which clearly differentiate it. For starters, the grill is now increased, appears to be like much more aggressive and bigger. It provides a really masculine attraction to the automotive. There may be ample chrome on the grille however not a lot that it makes it gaudy. The sporty scuff plate on the decrease finish of the bumper appears to be like very sporty. The DRLs and enormous fog lamps look very engaging and provides it a sensible entrance fascia with the potential to show heads.
The aspect of the automotive appears to be like kind of comparable in profile to the continuing mannequin and it isn’t a nasty factor in any respect. The automotive appears to be like tall, sporty and the physique strains with daring wheel arches make a robust assertion. The rear additionally appears to be like fairly acquainted and the spare wheel mounted on the rear of the automotive (retailed from the earlier mannequin) nonetheless appears to be like very sporty and tasteful. In brief, we actually like the way in which this automotive appears to be like and it’s a head-turner!
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The interiors of the automotive have additionally been revamped. You get a brand new infotainment system with Eight-inch touchscreen. The location of the touch-screen appears fairly odd at first as it’s barely increased than standard placement of an infotainment display screen, however simply after driving the automotive for 30 minutes, we may discover the advantages of the upper place. Because it comes with Android Auto and Apple Automotive Play assist, it is ready to run navigation on the display screen. When driving, the excessive place of the display screen makes it very simple to look at it for instructions with out taking your eyes off the street. Additionally, all of the infotainment and telephone controls are supplied on the steering wheel, so that you don’t should take your arms off the wheel to function this unit.
The dashboard appears to be like fairly premium and properly completed with using smooth & premium supplies. The standard feels very excessive and is pleasant to the eyes and contact. There are ample storage areas across the cabin. All 5 seats are very snug and supply nice again and under-thigh assist. The leg-room on the rear can be good contemplating that it presents an enormous boot and enormous seats. Entrance seats get an armrest within the center with storage beneath it. The shoulder room on the rear perhaps a squeeze in the event you plan to suit three passengers on the rear seat, however for two passengers and a child, area is snug. Legroom and headroom are each fairly good. There may be additionally a foldable armrest with cup holders in the course of the rear seat.
The boot of the automotive might be one of the best you may get in a sub-Four meter automotive. Loading peak can be very handy and area is fairly good for normal metropolis use or airport commutes. The 60:40 cut up seats will be folded to make much more boot area as per want. There may be additionally a shelf-like tray supplied on the ground of the boot with three totally different settings. It offers a small hidden compartment whereby you may retailer valuables like laptop computer and so on. which won’t be seen till you raise that tray. Summing up the interiors, the 2017 Ford EcoSport has ample area and it feels very upmarket.
The 2017 Ford EcoSport is loaded with options and might be among the finest vehicles in its phase if you need a characteristic loaded automotive. A few of the key options of the brand new EcoSport are:
The suspension setup is barely on the stiffer aspect which ensures no noticeable physique roll and really confidence inspiring dealing with. The steering wheel can be nicely weighted to offer you ample street suggestions. The trip high quality can be fairly snug with giant 17-inch wheels which handle to soak small irregularities on the roads. The 2017 Ford EcoSport is loads of enjoyable to drive with sharp dealing with and assured cornering and braking capabilities.
The petrol variant will get a brand new 1.5 litre three cylinder petrol motor which produces 123 PS of peak energy and 150 Nm of torque. It comes mated to both a 5-speed handbook or a 6-speed torque converter computerized transmission. We drove the automated variant of the petrol mannequin of the 2017 Ford EcoSport. We discovered that the automotive is tuned extra for gasoline effectivity than efficiency. It picks up step by step and presents average acceleration. However in case you are an enthusiastic driver and wish some thrill, there may be an S mode (Sports activities Mode) on the Titanium AT variant. The S mode makes the automotive way more agile and sporty, but it surely comes at the price of gasoline financial system. There are additionally paddle shifters behind the steering wheels in the event you choose taking the gearing-control in your arms. In our combined drive with S and D mode over metropolis and freeway roads, we obtained a mileage of round 12.three KMPL, which isn’t dangerous in any respect! Should you drive gently and don’t push the automotive too arduous, you may anticipate round 13 to 14 KMPL of mileage.
Ford has discontinues the EcoBoost 1 litre petrol engine variant from the lineup. Additionally, one other change is using a 6-speed torque-converter based mostly transmission in comparison with the twin clutch system which was used on the sooner mannequin. Once we talked to the Ford official about why they made this variation, they advised us that as per Indian driving circumstances, a torque converter is healthier suited.
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The diesel variant is the acquainted 100 PS 1.5 litre TDCI diesel motor taken from the earlier mannequin. It delivers a peak torque of 205 Nm. The engine could be very clean and refined and doesn’t exhibit any noticeable turbo-lag. In reality, the low-end torque is so good that you just don’t want to alter gears so typically in metropolis site visitors. Even at as little as 1000 RPM, the engine pulls up the automotive with none judder. The noise insulation contained in the cabin is kind of good and the cabin is quiet and comfy. This motor is kind of punchy and enjoyable to drive. On the similar time, it provides you good gasoline financial system as nicely. In metropolis driving, you may anticipate round 16 to 18 KMPL whereas on highways, it might probably simply return round 20 KMPL of mileage.
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After driving the petrol computerized and diesel handbook variants of the 2017 Ford EcoSport, I can confidently say that each the vehicles are very sorted. If you need a automotive which delivers you prime quality, premium really feel, ample area, loads of options, excessive security together with good mileage, the 2017 Ford EcoSport checks all the precise containers.