Ford unveiled the concept version of the much publicised EcoSport just a day before the commencement of Auto Expo at New Delhi. The compact SUV was then showcased at the above mentioned 2012 Auto show before heading on a tour of the entire nation. While there is no denying that the exteriors of the car have been appreciated by everyone, we could not have a look at the interiors of the car. There were no chances of having a glimpse of the interiors of the concept, thanks to the very darkly tinted windows.
Today, Ford finally revealed the production version of the Ecosport SUV. The car was unveiled at Brazil, one of the important markets for Ford.
Talking about the interiors, it can be seen that the dashboard looks somewhat similar to that on the Fiesta and the B-Max. However, the Ecosport gets differently styled aircon vents. One can find shades of black, grey and silver on the interior trim and this isn’t all as the car also gets chrome garnishing at places like the gear knob. There is a screen placed at the centre of the dash the top of the line gets Ford SYNC system. The car can seat five in comfort and have enough space for thier luggage.
While the concept model of the Ecosport was seen sporting LED lamps, the production reality has to do with the halogens. Other than this, the spare wheel finds its home on the tailgate and we are quite bowled over by that tasty set of alloys. As we reported earlier, the new Ford Ecosport is based on the B2E platform that was developed by combined efforts from Ford and Mazda. This car platform was developed keeping weight reduction and torsional rigidity in mind. The new Ford will come with the 1.0-Litre 3-Cylinder DI Turbo Petrol Engine that will debut with the EcoSport and the diesel to come should be the 1.5-Litre oil burner seen in the Fiesta.
The mantra for Ford behind the design of the Ecosport was to ‘Mix just the right amount of robust capability and confident stance with a friendly, outgoing spirit’. The new model will eventually be sold in nearly 100 markets around the world. The EcoSport has a contemporary shape and sports key SUV cues such as a confident stance, and signature spare wheel mounted on a swing-gate at the rear of the vehicle. Its footprint is small enough for the city, yet it’s strong and rugged enough for trips to the mountains or countryside.
Shaped by Ford’s new global design language, the Ecosport combines the agility and practicality of a compact car with high ground clearance. A wide hood sweeps into sculpted bodylines, and has a refined surface language that suggests honed strength and a dynamic spirit of energy in motion. Modern, oblique headlamps frame a high-mounted trapezoidal grille which gives the vehicle an element of pride and a signature Ford face.The windshield is steeply raked, and blacked out B-pillars unify the side glass into one elegant shape, conveying a clean, modern profile, complementing a shape honed in the wind tunnel for efficiency.
The creativity behind the new EcoSport was sparked in Brazil, a nation dominated by compact cars which has become one of the world’s key emerging markets. The design center in Camaçari, Brazil, is now part of a global network of Ford design studios collaborating on new global products.
The Ford EcoSport should retail for INR 7-9 Lakhs in the Indian market and should re-define the entry level SUV segment in India.