Early 2013 Launch for Ford EcoSport. Caught Testing

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The upcoming Ford EcoSport has to be the most awaited car launch of recent times. First seen at New Delhi a few days prior to the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, the compact crossover from Ford is surely taking some time to come to us. The car should be here early next year and will take on the likes of Renault Duster and other upcoming compact crossovers. We are also excited about the much publicized Ford EcoBoost engine making its debut in India with the compact crossover.

Ford India is rigorously testing the EcoSport on Indian roads. A batch of Ford EcoSport cars were recently seen testing in Chennai.

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The Ford Ecosport has a ground clearance of 200mm.To put things into perspective, the very rugged Tata Xenon XT has exactly same ground clearance figure. The car has approach and departure angle of 25 degree and 35 degree respectively.The car seems to be high on water wading ability with the maximum water wading limit of 550 mm.

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On the inside, the car will have quality materials and lot of bits from Ford parts bin. On safety front, the car gets four airbags– two on front and two on side. Other than this, the car is also equipped with Hill Launch Assist, Traction control, ABS and EBD.

Adding to user convenience will be Push button start, cooled glove box and keyless entry.

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Ford Ecosport Design

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• Aerodynamics, yet capable stance, a commanding driving position and a rear-mounted spare tyre

• Ford’s new global design language gives the all-new EcoSport a proud, high-mounted grille and a unique silhouette shaped for fuel efficiency

• The robust design and confident stance of EcoSport complements an outgoing spirit to create unique appeal

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The 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine

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Despite its small capacity and proportions, the engine delivers power and performance that will rival a traditional 1.6-litre petrol engine while emitting less than 140g/km CO2. It will have 120 PS of power, giving the Ford EcoSport a footprint that is small enough for urban driving yet robust enough for a trip out of the city. The 1.0 litre EcoBoost engines feature turbocharging, direct injection and other technologies and is potent enough to threaten the existence of larger engines with no loss of performance and with lower fuel consumption. Mated to the EcoBoost engine will be a 6 speed dual clutch automatic transmission that will make the EcoSport the first crossover under INR 15 lakhs to offer a 6 speed DCT.

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