Ford Ecosport Facelift: Top 3 Rivals

Ford EcoSport is one of the most popular crossover SUVs launched in India since its launch in 2013. In recent years, the segment has grown too competitive with many exciting products making its way into the Indian market. However, the manufacturer has retained most of the factors that popularized the SUV in India and came up with necessary retentions and updations in the 2017 Ford EcoSport.

The new Ford EcoSport has received some significant changes in the styling department as well as in the feature list along with changes in the powertrain. The updates are apt and make the fresh version way too impressive than the previous one.

About 2017 Ford EcoSport

The updated model looks more attractive than the previous one with a lot of styling updates. It has gone more powerful with the introduction of a new 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder engine replacing the 4-cylinder unit. It churns out a maximum power output of 121.3 bhp against a peak torque of 150 Nm. Other engine options available are a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol units, which produce 99 bhp and 123 bhp respectively.

2017 Ford EcoSport top competitors

The updated Ford EcoSport will be a threat for the newly launched MarutiVitaraBrezza, Honda WR-V, and Tata Nexon. Let’s see how these top rivals stand against the facelift model.

Maruti Suzuki VitaraBrezza

Maruti Suzuki VitaraBrezza is the straight choice in the segment for its performance reliability along with attractive looks. It has managed to attract many buyers since its launch in the year 2016. It looks impressive outside but the interior somehow fails to impress.

It gets some useful features including a keyless entry, push-start button and an integrated infotainment system with all latest technologies. Under the hood, it only features a diesel engine with a 1.3-litre motor that produces a maximum power output of 89 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The car is yet to be introduced in the petrol variant.

The car is priced starting fromRs. 7.32 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs. 9.69 lakh (ex-showroom).

Honda WR-V

Honda WR-V is a fresh entrant in the sub-compact SUV segment and has been performing well in the market. It is designed based on the Jazz hatchback and looks bolder and more aggressively styled than the hatchback sibling.

The car is offered in both engine variants – 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. The gasoline produces a maximum power output of 89 bhp and a peak torque of 110 Nm, while the diesel unit delivers a maximum power output of 99 bhp against a peak torque of 200 Nm. The petrol engine is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the diesel unit is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The Honda WR-V is priced in the range starting from Rs. 7.67 (ex-showroom) lakh to Rs. 9.92 lakh (ex-showroom).

Tata Nexon

The Tata Nexon is the most affordable sub-compact SUV in the country and is highly praised for its Impact design philosophy.

Mechanically, the car features a new 1.5-litre, four-cylinder Revotorq diesel engine that churns out a maximum power output of 108 bhp against a peak torque of 260 Nm. It also comes in the petrol engine variant, which comes with a 1.2-litre Revotron engine that also produces a maximum power output of 108 bhp against a peak torque of 170 Nm. Both the engines come paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The Tata Nexon is priced starting from Rs. 5.85 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base trim and goes up to Rs. 9.44 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-end variants.

Who wins?

The 2017 Ford EcoSport is to be priced at Rs. 7.5 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs. 10.5 lakh (ex-showroom).

Among the competitors, Tata seems to be the toughest rival in the segment with its affordable pricing and availability of powertrain in both diesel and petrol variants. However, in terms of styling and features, the facelifted Ford EcoSport stands firm against the rivals and is expected to be received well in the market.

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