The successful Ford EcoSport has been showcased in its updated avatar at the ongoing 85th Geneva International Motor Show. Losing the rear spare tyre, the 2015 EcoSport comes with some changes to the exterior looks which also include new pseudo aluminium under belly paneling.
It promises improved ride and handling thanks to reduced ride height, suspension retuning and revised rear twist beam. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and power steering systems have also been tweaked for Europe.
The car gains on convenience and comfort which is enhanced with a winter pack. It gets heated windscreen, heated mirrors and heated front seats. It also adds rear seat ducting at floor level to improve comfort at the back in cold conditions. The 10 mm reduction in ride height brings down the ground clearance to 190 mm which is still a fairly decent number.
Interior changes include a restyled instrument cluster with chrome surround, light dimming function, and chrome tips for window switches. The charcoal black interiors are well complemented with partial leather seats (which are available only in the Titanium variant).
The hand brake also finds a slight shift for better reach. The powertrain has been upgraded to Euro 6.1 standards and a lot of work has gone into reducing the gearbox torque truncation in lower gears which shall provide more available torque for both EcoBoost and TDCi engines. The diesel variant also gains 5 PS of more available power.
A special Ecosport S variant shall also be available which gets a blackened roof without roof rails and redesigned 17 inch alloy wheels. The update shall also be available with an optional sporty rear diffuser.
The refreshed EcoSport will be available in Europe from June and the EcoSport S will be available towards the end of this year. We have no idea if and when will Ford consider introducing this new EcoSport in India, but do you want that without-exposed-tyre upgrade really?