The 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift has finally made it's North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the subcompact SUV will be soon making its way to the Indian market. The 2017 EcoSports comes with some extensive updates for both exterior and interior and the SUV will also be a lot more feature-rich. Interestingly, the US-spec model of the compact SUV will also be made in India. As for the India-spec Ford EcoSport, the SUV will be officially unveiled in India on October 29 and will also come with an all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine from the company's new engine line-up. .
At the outset, the 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift features a reworked front styling and is now in-line with the automaker's new design family. The subcompact SUV now boasts a massive grille, its most noticeable change as it foregoes the gaping lower grille and slim upper grille seen on the outgoing model. The hexagonal shape has been retained, but the unit is now wider and gets chunkier chrome bars. The headlamp cluster has been tweaked as well to complement the new grille and revised bonnet. You also see a sportier bumper with a faux skid plate, and larger fog lamps on the SUV.
The side profile remains largely the same, save for the new alloy wheels, whereas new Ford EcoSport a revised bumper at the rear with a larger faux diffuser. The US-spec version misses out on the external spare wheel, so, the license plate has been moved to the tailgate.
Inside, Ford has updated the cabin with a revised dashboard and a gets a more clutter free appearance. A new 8-inch floating screen takes centre stage and is now equipped with Ford's Sync 3 entertainment system and also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system will allow owners to use Sync Connect with FordPass app that allows users to start, lock, and unlock the vehicle using Bluetooth. There's also the Bang & Olufsen sound system with 10 speakers that makes up to a claimed 675 watt.
The 2017 EcoSport facelift also comes equipped with two fast-charging USB ports, a 12-volt power outlet, an 110-volt outlet positioned behind the center console, and another 12-volt outlet in the rear. As many as 30 storage spaces are now available in the cabin.
The US spec version will be available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options, while power will come from the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines. Both motors will be paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
In india though, the Ford EcoSport facelift will continue with the existing engine options including the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, and the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engines. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and an autobox, which will send power to the front wheels. Additionally we'll also get the new 1.5-litre three-cylinder, petrol engine that will makes about 120 bhp.
The Ford EcoSport facelift was expected to be unveiled at the Sao Paulo Auto Show last week in Brazil, but the American carmaker chose otherwise. The EcoSport facelift will be going on sale in the US in early 2018 and will be exported from Ford's Chennai based facility. The India launch can be expected towards the end of 2017. It will be interesting though to see how many of the features make it to the India-spec model as well. Do expect to see price hike on the facelifted model when it goes on sale in the country.