The Ford EcoSport Compact Crossover continues to be tested at Chennai, a Southern Indian city which plays host for Ford’s factory. A video showing an EcoSport test mule has surfaced onto Youtube and in this video, the EcoSport in question looks like a car that could very well be a production version, if not for the temporary number it is running on. Another interesting feature has surfaced through the video: the EcoSport sold in India could be made available with Daytime Running Lamps, a feature that will be a class leading one given the fact that the like of the Mahindra Quanto, Premier Rio and the Renault Duster don’t feature DRLs. Hit the jump to check out the Ford EcoSport showing off its DRLs.
2013 Ford Ecosport Compact Crossover
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Daytime running lamps or DRLs as they are popularly known, are becoming common place amongst many new cars. First making their debut on high end luxury cars like the Audis and BMWs of this world, the mass market segment is seeing a slew of cars being launched with this attractive visual feature. In India, a thriving market exists for after market DRL kits and many Indian hatchbacks can be spotted sporting after market DRLs.
That said, apart from Hyundai outfitting DRLs on the top end Asta variant of the i20 hatchback, car makers are yet to begin offering DRLs on small cars. In that vein, the Ford EcoSport crossover could be only the second sub-4 meter car in India to get DRLs. Meanwhile, the EcoSport is all set for a launch in China, with Ford China just announcing prices of this compact crossover a week ago.
The EcoSport sold in China is available with two petrol engines, a 1.5 Liter naturally aspirated Ti-VCT unit and a 1 Liter turbo petrol EcoBoost unit. India though, will get a turbo diesel engine equipped EcoSport, a variant that is expected to constitute the major chunk of EcoSport sales in our country. In India, a 5 speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard with the EcoSport.
Also, the possibility of Ford India launching an automatic gearbox equipped EcoSport in petrol guise remains high. Trial production of the EcoSport is scheduled to begin in India, in March this year. A launch is expected to happen soon after with the first customer deliveries possibly beginning by the middle of this year.