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    Ford to bring back the Ecoboost engine in the Indian lineup

    by Mahesh Yadav on Thursday, Nov 23 2017

    Ford India launched the new refreshed 2017 Ford EcoSport on 9th of November, 2017. The newly launched refreshed EcoSport is a comprehensive update and has everything from cosmetic changes, to feature and tech updates, to even under the hood changes. The new Ford EcoSport has introduced a new petrol mill under its hood from the company’s new Dragon petrol engine family. The previous EcoSport had an engine lineup comprising of two petrol engines and one diesel units. For the new facelift model of the EcoSport, while Ford India has retained the same diesel motor, both the petrol engines have been dropped. While the previous 1.5L petrol mill has been replaced by the new 1.5L Dragon petrol engine, the much acclaimed 1L Ecoboost petrol engine has been simply discontinued. As, the Ford EcoSport was the only model to offer the praiseworthy and award winning 1L Ecoboost petrol unit in India, we are sad to see it is discontinued. However, it seems that the story doesn’t end here.

    Ford India launched the new refreshed 2017 Ford EcoSport on 9th of November, 2017. The newly launched refreshed EcoSport is a comprehensive update and has everything from cosmetic changes, to feature and tech updates, to even under the hood changes. The new Ford EcoSport has introduced a new petrol mill under its hood from the company’s new Dragon petrol engine family. The previous EcoSport had an engine lineup comprising of two petrol engines and one diesel units. For the new facelift model of the EcoSport, while Ford India has retained the same diesel motor, both the petrol engines have been dropped. While the previous 1.5L petrol mill has been replaced by the new 1.5L Dragon petrol engine, the much acclaimed 1L Ecoboost petrol engine has been simply discontinued. As, the Ford EcoSport was the only model to offer the praiseworthy and award winning 1L Ecoboost petrol unit in India, we are sad to see it is discontinued. However, it seems that the story doesn’t end here.

     

    Ford India is not actually saying that it has dropped the Ecoboost engine for the domestic car market.

    When the media inquired why the American auto giant decided to axe the 1.0L Ecoboost petrol engine from the Indian lineup, the President and Managing Director at Ford India, Mr. Anurag Mehrotra indirectly answered the question by saying that he things one should never say never. He added by saying that the media should just hold its judgment right now on whether the engine is actually discontinued or not. He further said that the company needs some more time to come back and offer a straight answer to that question. He said that for now not to simply say that the company has taken the engine off the market.

     

    Now, although we can’t really come to any conclusion from that statement, we can definitely hope that Ford has intensions to bring back the highly capable Ecoboost in the Indian market.

    Before the company head’s statement it was believed that the new 1.5L, 3-cylinder petrol mill fits the bill perfectly Ford India. It generates 123 PS of maxpower, which makes is almost as powerful as the 1.0L Ecoboost unit that offered 125 PS. The new petrol mill is mated a manual and automatic transmission option, with the automatic being a torque converter which should be cheaper than the dual-clutch gearbox of the previous 1.5L 4-cylinder petrol mill. Moreover, the new engine is heavily localized and can be downsized to a 1.2L unit to be used on the Figo and the Aspire. Thus, this one engine seems to be perfect and doing the job for the two previous petrol mills along with more affordability.

     

    However, the huge question of when and under which car’s hood would the Ecoboost engine make a comeback in India, remains.

    The 1.0L 125 PS Ecoboost engine’s resurrection under the EcoSport facelift is most unlikely, as it doesn’t make any sense. So, it might come in a more powerful version in the updated EcoSport, or the 125 PS version could be introduced in the Figo or Aspire. It might be even offered in an entirely new model. We simply have to wait to get the answer.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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