Ford EcoSport spied undisguised in Chennai

Clint Thomas
News Editor
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Ford's all new global compact SUV EcoSport has been the talk of the town ever since it was unveiled at the Auto Expo earlier this year. While Ford has confirmed that it won't be launching the EcoSport this year, testing on the home turf seems to be on full swing.

Pictures of completely undisguised EcoSport being tested in Chennai have surfaced on the internet. The production-ready EcoSport doesn't look any different from the prototype displayed at the Auto Expo. Missing here are just the LED headlamps and chrome garnishing on that large trapezoidal front grille.

Spied in Chennai is the Titanium TDCI model powered by the 1.5-litre diesel engine borrowed from the Fiesta. However, the highlight of the EcoSport is expected to be the new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, EcoBoost petrol engine. Wonder how on earth does a 1.0- litre engine pull an SUV? That's the wizardry of the EcoBoost powertrain technology, which enables this tiny engine chug out the performance of a conventional 1.6-litre engine. Downsized EcoBoost engines feature turbochargers that can reach nearly 250,000 rpm delivering a peak torque of 170 Nm from 1,300-4,500 rpm.

The EcoSport will be one of the eight products Ford planning to bring to India by 2015.