Ford EcoSport Debuts at New Delhi Auto Expo as a Tiny Crossover
We’ve been hearing rumors of a new “global” B-segment crossover from Ford for some time. Now, the Blue Oval has officially revealed details on its latest EcoSport, unveiled at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo this week.
The new EcoSport, underpinned by Ford’s latest B-segment vehicle architecture, is the second of eight new models the company plans to introduce into the Indian market by mid decade and will also serve to drive sales in other Asian markets as well, plus in other parts of the world where vehicle demand is growing, notably Brazil.
Looking a lot like a Fiesta on stilts, the latest EcoSport will be produced locally in India at the Chennai integrated manufacturing complex for both domestic consumption and also export, with production in other countries, likely Brazil slated to commence down the road.
Given it shares engineering with the Fiesta, perhaps not surprisingly the EcoSport gets Ford’s 1.0-liter, 120 metric horsepower (PS) three-cylinder, direct injected, turbocharged EcoBoost engine, coupled with a five-speed manual transaxle.
Although at the time of posting this story, other technical features had yet to be announced, don’t be surprised if a four-cylinder engine, a diesel and a choice of front or all-wheel drive options, plus a self-shifting transmission materialize as well, at least in some markets.