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Ford India launched the facelift model of the Ecosport today at a starting price of Rs 7.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The updated model is now available in 6 trims and with a choice of two engine options.
Noticeable updates on the facelift model include a new trapezoidal grille,new wider front bumper with integrated triangular fog lamps, wider headlamps with LED DRLs and projectors, silver skid plates at the front and the rear and larger 17-inch alloys. Step inside and you will be greated with a completely new cabin, gone is the cluster of buttons on centre console giving way to a new floating 8-inch touchscreen system with SYNC 3, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other important updates include wider seats with improved cushioning, a larger steering wheel and adjustable floorboard.
The updated Ecosport is available with two engine options. The 1.5-litre diesel unit remains unchanged, while the old 1.5-litre petrol motor is replaced by a new 1.5-litre naturally aspirated 3-cylinder petrol motor that pumps out 120bhp of power and 150Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. The automatic is a torque converter unit and is available only with the petrol motor, it also features paddle shifters in the top-spec trim.
The Ecosport facelift is no short on security features either, it gets dual-airbags and ABS as standard while the top trims feature 6 airbags. The Ecosport rivals the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra Nuvosport, Honda WR-V and Tata Nexon in the Indian market. With ford keeping the prices for the facelift model unchanged, it will be interesting to watch how the rivals compete.