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Rendering: Ford Ecosport facelift

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Here is a compter generated rendering of the Ford EcoSport facelift, which according to a report, will be ready for a market launch in the first half of 2016. The rendering imagines the compact SUV to borrow its front fascia from the new Ford Edge, with a trapezoidal grille, slim headlight clusters and L-shaped foglight enclosures.

I hope they still keep the spare tyre on the tailgate

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The new design looks more butch and grown-up, but has lost the concept-car look that the Ecosport got so famous for.  I do not understand why designers chicken out and bring out more sedate versions of their already hot designs!  And Ford is not just to blame, even Hyundai seems lost, seeing their new i30, can't believe that they had such a beautiful version earlier.  Come on guys, give us more of your hot designs, be liberal with your pen and don't be so afraid of your bosses!  More often than not, it is the designer's pen that does the trick, as can be evident from the Scorpio, XUV500, Kwid, Ciaz, etc.  Its a formula that works, so please, do not give us anymore bread boxes like the S-Cross!

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After listing the 2018 Ford EcoSport on its local website last month, Ford Brasil has released new details of the model which is weeks away from the market launch.

Ford has released details of the 2018 Ford EcoSport in the 2.0 Titanium configuration, which will top the range. The facelifted EcoSport in this configuration is equipped with features like Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome trim, roof bars and electric sunroof.

Inside, the 2018 Ford EcoSport in the 2.0 Titanium configuration gets 4.2-inch TFT driver information display, leather steering wheel, leather seats, automatic climate control, engine start button, 8.0-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, 9-speaker Sony sound system and electric windows with one-touch operation. The facelifted model features tyre pressure monitoring system, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, seven airbags, rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, stability control and traction control.

The 2018 Ford EcoSport 2.0 Titanium is powered by the 176 cv (176 hp) 2.0-litre Duratec Direct Flex flex-fuel engine that is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Ford will also offer the refreshed EcoSport with a new 1.5-litre Flex engine that develops up to 137.2 cv (137.2 hp) and 16.2 kgf.m (158.87 Nm) of torque. Sales will commence in mid-August 2017.

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Ford EcoSport facelift variants explained

The facelifted compact SUV will be available in five trim levels, two petrol engines and a diesel motor.

 

Ford is gearing up to launch its new EcoSport compact SUV on November 9, 2017. The facelifted model comes with cosmetic changes on the outside and inside and will also be powered by a new 123hp, 1.5-litre petrol motor from the manufacturer’s Dragon series of engines. The previously offered 125hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol and 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines will also be on offer. The engines are expected to be mated to a five-speed manual, though a six-speed automatic will be available for the top-spec naturally aspirated petrol-engined trims.

Available in five trim levels, here’s a list of all the equipment that comes with each variant:

Ambiente

·         ABS with EBD

·         Dual-front airbags

·         Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiter

·         Doors that unlock in the event of a crash

·         Automatic door locks

·         Engine immobiliser

·         Follow-me-home headlamps

·         Door ajar warning

·         Child locks for the rear doors

·         Audio system with AM/FM, MP3, Aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity

·         Four speakers

·         Smartphone dock

·         Halogen headlamps with chrome finished bezels

·         Body coloured bumpers

Trend

·         Illuminated dual USB ports

·         Two front tweeters

·         Smartphone-based navigation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via a touchscreen infotainment system

·         A microphone

·         Steering mounted audio controls

·         Driver and passenger seat back pockets

Trend+

·         Illuminated boot

·         Puddle lamps on the outside rear view mirrors

·         Power folding and electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors

·         Rear parcel tray

·         Driver’s seat height adjust

·         Front centre arm rest with storage

·         Driver’s side windows with one-touch up and down functions

·         Rear parking sensors

Titanium

·         Push button start

·         Keyless entry

·         Rear centre arm rest with cup holders

·         Sunglass holder

·         Projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights

·         Leather wrapped steering and gear shift knob

·         Sport pedals

·         Front inside lamps

·         Ambient lighting for the footwells

·         Alloy spare wheel with locking wheel nut

·         Paddle shifters (automatic only)

·         Electronic stability control, traction control, hill launch assist and emergency brake assist (automatic only)

Titanium+

·         Isofix child seat mounts at the rear

·         Cruise control with adjustable speed limiting device

·         Side and curtain airbags

·         Automatic wipers

·         Automatic headlamps

·         Illuminated glove box

·         Tyre pressure monitoring system

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So Ford's working on two new special editions based on the updated EcoSport! The video below is of the Signature Edition spied testing in Chennai; the images are of the Storm Edition spied in Brazil

 

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Found some new images of the Titanium S and Signature Edition EcoSport... looks like they've started arriving at dealerships.

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You can find more info on Titanium S and the Signature Edition variants of the Ford EcoSport HERE: https://goo.gl/H36vZB

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Remember the new Ecosport Storm that Ford had revealed earlier this year for South American markets? Came across this video showing it in action:

This variant gets cosmetic changes + a four wheel drive system. In a bid to increase the model’s off-roading credentials, the suspension set-up has been revised significantly. Ford claims that this has resulted in a 15 percent improvement in shock absorption and a 40 percent reduction in steering wheel vibration.

 

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