Regulars here would remember that we recently reported in detail when the eagerly awaited Ford EcoSport was unveiled in India at a mall in New Delhi. The Ford EcoSport has to be among the most talked about cars of recent times and is taking its own sweet time coming to our fast emerging car market.
The Ford EcoSport will come to us in three engine variants:- A Normally Aspirated 1.5 litre petrol mill, a turbocharged diesel engine displacing 1.5 litres and the much publicized 1.0 litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine that has won a lot of accolades from international media.
The EcoSport comes with a chic exterior design that endows the car with a look that reeks of both sportiness and belligerence. The front fascia sports a huge air dam that is typical of modern day Fords. The front end gets a liberal dose of chrome garnishing and this should only be a good thing for a typical Indian car buyer. The sense of muscularity continues in the profile view of the car. The EcoSport gets clearly defined wheel arches, a neat waistline and plastic cladding in the lower part of the body to carry on with the rugged look. Making the deal sweeter is a tasty set of alloy wheels, trafficators incorporated into the ORVMs and the silver finished roof rails. The rear comes with the spare wheel mounted on to the hatch and this is what marks the biggest departure from the EcoSport concept that was unveiled at New Delhi prior to 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.
Enough has already been talked about the exteriors and the engine options. In comparison, the interiors of the upcoming car stand neglected and we decided to check out the insides of Ford India’s new baby.
The EcoSport’s cabin gets acres of dark colours with grey plastic panels and black upholstery. The plastics seem to be of decent quality and are expected to last a lifetime. However, those expecting ‘luxury car’ like feeling of richness might be disappointed. The car gets two rows of seating and the rear seats come with a 60:40 split. The dashboard panel sports an integrated In Car Entertainment system, SYNC and a lot of faux silver bits. We are in love with the sporty dials and have nothing but only good things to say about the smart looking steering wheel that comes with audio/telephone controls.
The interiors come kitted with automatic climate control, leather upholstery, integrated music system, SYNC, a screen integrated into the dashboard and the usual plethora of features that can be found in a C segment car.
Overall, the interiors have a car like feel and it seems like they will be a pleasing place to be in.