Motoroids provided you LIVE coverage of this car from the unveiling event that took place earlier this year in January at New Delhi. Now, ever since we saw the car in flesh, we have been eagerly waiting the car to hit the production. The good people at Noticias Automotivas of Brazil recently came up with completely undisguised pics of the production model of the Ecosport.
It can be seen that while the concept model of the Ecosport was 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. Now, Brazil is not the only place where the car has been caught testing.
Recently, popular car magazine AutoCar India caught a camouflaged EcoSport being tested in the country. The car was seen near the American biggie’s Chennai manufacturing plant.
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.