Many a times, in the auto segment, everything moves according to trend. A keen observer would find that there are certain trends set by some brand or model and every other brand starts to ape it and it becomes a trend. The trend of offering automatic variants, offering alloy wheels, ABS and air bags as standard, putting in an extra comfort or two all becomes a trend in no time in the auto industry. Likewise, the type of cars launched is also a part of trend. Although in India, the hatchbacks are the ever time popular car, at certain times the trend varies in favour of a compact sedan, sedan or an SUV. This is what happened when the Ford introduced their SUV, Ford EcoSport. The car caught the imagination of the nation like wildfire and it became an instant success. Now, almost all the rival manufacturers are set to bring their own car to take on the EcoSport.

Hence, it would be wise to assume that the EcoSport is a trendsetter. The car has also broken all conventional images of an SUV and, along with the Renault Duster has made the SUVs more acceptable in India. Until these two came along, SUVs looked intimidating mean machines. Though it was the Renault car, which started the change, the EcoSport gave momentum to the change. In that way also, this car is a trendsetter of sorts. http://autoportal.com/newcars/ford/ecosport/

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The first noticeable feature of the EcoSport is its appearance. It looked something entirely different from the SUVs seen in the market until then. It was stylish, trendy and peppy in its attractive colours and an inspiring car to look at. All these gave the EcoSport a favorable start. Moreover, like a true Ford car, it followed it up with performance, offering double delight to the owners.

The Ford EcoSport variants are propelled by three kinds of engines – two petrol power trains and one diesel mill. The petrol mill is either a 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder, 123 bhp, 170 Nm, EcoBoost engine or a 1.5-liter, 110 bhp, 140 Nm Ti VCT engine. The diesel engine is a best in class 1.5-liter 89 bhp, 204 Nm DV5 engine with a fuel efficiency of 22.7 kmpl on highways. The petrol variants are less fuel-efficient at 18.9 kmpl and 16.15 kmpl respectively. While the 1.0-liter petrol engine and the diesel engine comes mated with five-speed manual transmission only, the Ti VCT petrol variant comes in both five-speed manual and six-speed automatic version.

Priced at a range of 6.31 to 9.70 lakh rupees, the Ford EcoSport is a powerful, spacious and stylish SUV. In India, it faces competition from the likes of Renault Duster and Mahindra XUV500 among others.

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