The upcoming Ford EcoSport in the sub 4-meter category is scheduled to be launched in India by early 2013. The compact SUV measures just over 4 meters if the spare wheel is taken into consideration but according to norm, the spare wheel cannot be considered while maintaining the vehicle under the 4 meter category. The company has hence decided to retain the spare wheel so as to give the EcoSport an SUV stance and to add to a sense of proportion.
Ford has already launched the new EcoSport in Brazil, where it was recently awarded as the Best SUV of the Year. In India, Ford EcoSport will compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Renault Duster will be powered by the state of the art, 1.0 liter turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine. This engine will be capable of 120 PS at 6000 rpm and peak torque of 170 Nm at 1300 to 4500 rpm.
The EcoSport will also possess a 1.5 liter TDCi turbo diesel engine offering 80 PS at 3500 rpm and peak torque of 160 Nm at 2000 to 2750 rpm. These engines will be mated either to a 6 speed Powershift automatic gearbox or to a 5 speed gearbox and will be capable of acceleration from 0 to 100 in 16 seconds and a top speed of 160 kmph.
Loaded with features this sub 4 meter EcoSport will have remote operated doors, power windows and My Connection features where its music system is concerned. iPod and USB connectivity and a SYNC feature that works on voice recognition is also being made available. For more information, scroll down.
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The all-new EcoSport and Ford Fusion won the 10 Best Award
Fri, Dec 21, 2012
SÃO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil – The all-new EcoSport and Ford Fusion won the 10 Best Award, sponsored by Car and Driver magazine as “Best SUV” and “Best Premium Sedan,” respectively. This award reinforces Ford’s position as the most awarded automaker in 2012, winning major awards in the market with its new global vehicles.
The 10 Best Award elects the country’s top vehicles in 10 categories. The winners were chosen by the editors of the magazine and website Car and Driver, which evaluated a total of 221 cars. The EcoSport outperformed the Chevrolet Spin and Honda CR-V models in the final, while the Fusion competed against the Kia Optima and Hyundai Azera. In order to chose the Champion, the regulation took into account modern design, technological innovation, safety (for driver, passenger and pedestrian), performance, driver satisfaction, comfort, merchantability and respect for the environment.
“The year 2012 has been excellent for Ford. The awards that we won with our global launches are the result of hard work and the quality of our products,” says Rogelio Golfarb, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Ford South America. In an increasingly competitive market, winning these major awards from the press shows that we are on the right track and motivates us to go further.”
Record awardsFord is the biggest highlight of year 2012 between automakers. It won the top awards in the press with the launch of the new generation of the Ranger, EcoSport, Fusion and Fusion Hybrid lines, in addition to the EcoBoost and Duratorq Diesel engines. In total, the brand has already won 20 awards.