2017 Ford EcoSport facelift showcased at Frankfurt
Ford has showcased the 2017 EcoSport facelift at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. This marks the European debut of the mid-life update of the compact SUV, after it was globally unveiled earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show in America.
Additionally, Ford has also showcased the ST-line variant of the EcoSport facelift at the 2017 IAA in Frankfurt. For those of you who aren’t aware of the ST-line badge, this is Ford’s line-up of sportier variants of its regular models. Internationally, Ford currently sells ST-line variants of the Edge, Fiesta, Kuga, Focus and Mondeo. However, this is the first time that the facelifted EcoSport has received the ST-line treatment.
The Ford EcoSport 2017 facelift comes with a variety of cosmetic changes, both on the outside and inside. The exteriors get a completely new face, while the side and rear feature minimal changes. New larger headlights, a revised hexagonal grille and new front and rear bumpers are the chief changes on the outside, while the interiors feature a new dashboard layout and a larger touchscreen system with the Ford Sync3 infotainment system.
Ford is also expected to launch the EcoSport facelift in India by the end of this year. The company has already started to decrease the outflow of the current model of the EcoSport to its dealerships. This indicates that the 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift’s India launch is just round the corner.
The India-spec model is expected to retain the same petrol engines that are currently offered with the pre-facelift iteration. These include a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder EcoBoost and a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder Ti-VCT. However, the diesel models will get the company’s new 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder Dragon powerplant which is expected to offer better performance and efficiency, especially in comparison to the 1.5 TDCi unit presently available.
Once launched, the EcoSport facelift 2017 will try to regain the lost market share from the Maruti Vitara Brezza as well as attempt to fend off the competition posed by the upcoming Tata Nexon.