Responding to the Hyundai Creta and Mahindra TUV300, Ford India is prepping a mild facelift for its popular crossover, the EcoSport (Codenamed ICA – Intermediate Cycle Action). Economic Times reports that the Ford EcoSport facelift will be launched in the coming days with quite a few noteworthy updates.
The most significant upgrade will come in the form of a more powerful 1.5-litre TDCI diesel engine which now gets a 10 PS power hike to 100 PS. This version of the engine already powers the Figo twins and has received rave reviews for its outright performance and impressive fuel economy.
Visually, the enhancements are limited to the introduction of daytime LED running light elements that are integrated into the headlamps and a new Golden Bronze exterior color option. Equipment upgrades include rain sensing vipers and electro-chromatic mirrors.The facelifted version for Europe (made-in-India) offers its customers an option of a revised tailgate sans spare wheel.
In a bid to make the tech-laden 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol variant more accessible, Ford will now make it available in the mid Trend+ trim in addition to the existing Titanium trim. Depending on the variant, the EcoSport facelift would carry a price hike between INR 5,000 – 20,000.
The Ford crossover can be credited with kick starting the compact SUV revolution in the Indian market and now, competition is getting fiercer by the day. With the Ford EcoSport facelift, the automaker is hoping that it has done enough to retain its current performance in the segment if not find further growth.