Ford EcoSport Technical Deep Dive
Books may not be judged by their covers but the all-new Ford EcoSport can certainly be judged by its striking good looks. Its bold lines, contemporary shape and sophisticated interior all reflect its credentials as a capable, flexible and practical urban SUV.
The all-new EcoSport provides roomy space for five, a high driving position with outstanding visibility, a refined cabin environment engineered for quiet operation, carefully selected and matched materials, and a modern design ethos. It all adds up to make the Ford EcoSport a compelling alternative to the run-of-the-mill compact car.
Not just that, EcoSport will be the only vehicle in its segment to offer a potentially life-saving Emergency Assistance system when the urban SUV goes on sale in the country.
Emergency Assistance is a vehicle-based, no-cost, non-subscription call-for-help system that is already available in more than 5 million Ford vehicles globally, providing owners peace of mind when travelling. The service is provided free for the ownership cycle of the vehicle.It delivers a critical voice message directly to emergency operators, indicating that a vehicle has been involved in an accident in which the vehicle’s airbags have been deployed or fuel pump shut off has been triggered and opens the line for hands-free communication.
The Ford SYNC Emergency Assistance system uses the driver’s own mobile phone via Bluetooth® and runs in the background once the phone is properly paired with SYNC and is within mobile phone range.
Should an accident occur in which an airbag deploys or the emergency fuel pump shutoff is activated, the feature uses SYNC hands-free phone capabilities to connect the driver directly with 108 – India’s emergency service, through the paired phone.
Before initiating the emergency call, the vehicle’s SYNC system will provide a 10- second window to allow the driver or passenger to decide whether to cancel the call. If not manually cancelled within the 10-second window, SYNC will place the emergency call.
If an accident occurs while a connected phone is being used for a normal call, the Emergency Assistance system can end that call and dial the emergency services. Also, incoming phone calls will not interrupt communication between vehicle occupants and the emergency operator.
Should an occupant not be able to communicate with the operator, an introductory message tells the emergency operator that an accident has occurred and the system provides GPS location information.
Full of modern features, the all-new Ford EcoSport makes life easier for customers. Drivers no longer need their keys ready either to unlock the SUV or to start its engine. They can just leave the key in their pocket or bag.
With Smart Keyless Entry, the doors unlock automatically as the driver pulls the door handle, particularly useful when in a hurry or carrying heavy loads. Once inside, a press of the Ford Power Start button, while pressing the clutch down, gets the engine going. Drivers will not have to be annoyed over having a bunch of keys dangling at knee level.
Ford brings its globally acclaimed EcoBoost technology to India with the patented 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine on the all-new Ford EcoSport. The award-winning three-cylinder delivers power and performance of a traditional 1.6-litre engine but with an improvement in fuel economy by up to 20 percent.
The 2012 International Engine of the Year is tiny enough to fit on a sheet of A4 paper but produces 125 PS of power and peak torque of 170 Nm from 1,400 to 4,500 rpm. In India, the Ford EcoSport with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine achieves superior 18.9 km/L and emits 126 g/km of carbon dioxide.
The Ford EcoSport will also be available with the fuel-economical 1.5-litre petrol engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing or a 1.5-litre diesel engine, well-suited to urban driving conditions.
At first glance, the distinctive and aerodynamic Ford EcoSport looks like it’s ready to pounce. The fluid, dynamic and refined lines of the compact SUV are clearly defined by Ford’s global design language. Modern, slim headlamps frame a high-mounted trapezoidal grille which gives the Ford EcoSport an element of pride and a signature Ford face.
The inside of the all-new Ford EcoSport follows the contemporary and creative lines on the outside. Controls and knobs are ergonomically placed while soft-touch fabrics, tight gaps and the global Ice Blue dashboard illumination all reinforce superior quality and craftsmanship.
There are 20 intelligent storage spaces in the all-new Ford EcoSport that total more than 21 litres, most of which are easily accessible by the driver. The storage areas include:
- A glove box that can keep up to six beverage cans cool
- A handy strap on the driver’s sun visor for parking or toll tickets
- A sunglasses holder in overhead console
- A centre console with two cup holders, a 12-volt power outlet that can be used for charging mobile phones, auxiliary input, USB ports for connecting MP3 players
- A drawer under the front passenger seat that is big enough for a laptop computer
- Front door bins that can hold 1.5-litre bottles and 600ml bottles
- Rear door bins that hold 600ml bottles
- Map pockets on the back of the front seats
Quality that speaks to all your senses
With a signature Ford face, dramatic rising beltline and a ready-to-pounce stance, the all-new Ford EcoSport conveys a dynamic spirit of energy in action. The spare tyre, with an exclusively designed wheel, is mounted on the tailgate as a classic SUV cue.
The cabin is also extremely quiet at high speeds, thanks to meticulous efforts to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. Add to this a very effective climate control system, and the customer will be very comfortable in the Ford EcoSport.
The sub-four metre dimensions and the electric power-assisted steering with Pull-Drift Compensation help drivers tackle the stress of city driving, be it parking in small spaces, manoeuvring in heavy traffic, or making tight U-turns.
It’s high ground clearance of 200 millimetres also means customers won’t have to worry about driving over speed bumps and potholes. And with its exceptional ability to wade through 550 millimetres of water, drivers can confidently drive through large pools of water, especially during the monsoon season.
The much awaited urban SUV will be available in an exciting rainbow of seven colours – Mars Red, Kinetic Blue, Sea Grey, Moondust Silver, Panther Black, Diamond White, and Chill