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India-made 2016 Ford EcoSport facelift’s booking opened in Europe

2016 Ford EcoSport facelift Europe (1)

Ford showcased a significantly enhanced EcoSport for the European markets at Geneva Motor Show 2015. The refreshed car for the old continent eschews tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

2016 Ford EcoSport facelift for Europe is up for order with deliveries slated to commence shortly. The compact crossover will continue to be shipped to Europe from Ford India’s plant near Chennai.

2016 Ford EcoSport facelift Europe (1)

Ford has reduced ride height by 10 mm for Europe in addition to tweaking suspension and steering systems.

A temporary halt of production of export-spec model (to upgrade to facelifted version) could explain why Ford India sales (domestic + exports) saw a sharp decline in June. The automaker registered 33% negative growth with total sales of only 7,979 units.

Coming back to new European EcoSport, customers can specify their cars without tailgate-mounted spare wheel. In that case, the mini SUV will feature a reprofiled tailgate with license plate enclosure getting a new location.

2016 Ford EcoSport facelift Europe (4) no spare wheel

European customers can now specify the mini SUV without tailgate-mounted spare wheel in which case, a revised tailgate is offered.

Other improvements include new steering wheel, relocated handbrake lever, additional chrome detailing, partial leather seats (in Titanium variant), Winter Pack with heated windshield, steering wheel and seats, tweaked suspension, ESP and steering wheel for better dynamics, and a new EcoSport badge at the rear. Ford also claims that NVH quality has been improved.

Ford India to export EcoSport to the US

The 1.5-litre diesel engine gets a 5 PS hike while the 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engines continue with same output figures. The engines are now upgraded to Euro 6 emission norms.

2016 Ford EcoSport facelift Europe (5) interior

Ford has announced that the car will get Navigation system and reverse camera for Europe later this year.

With an army of compact SUVs coming its way, Ford EcoSport is expected to receive a facelift in India in the foreseeable future.


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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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