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Can Ford EcoSport beat its competitors in 2014?

January 23, 2014 10:34 IST

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The twist in the tale is that this admirable compact crossover may find it hard to extend its rulership on the compact SUV segment in coming couple of years. 

Ford EcoSport is undoubtedly, the most successful launch, the Indian automobile industry has witnessed in 2013.

This sub-four metre car not only bagged plenty of automotive accolades in its kitty but also dethroned the popular car Renault Duster from being the top selling compact SUV.

Optimized well with the three different fuel efficient power-trains, stunning looks and best in class interiors, the EcoSport has been highly successful to induce the compact SUV and mid-size sedan buyers to purchase it.

Moreover, its USP in the Indian automotive market has also been its exemplary equipments that host features like premium SUVs.

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Ford EcoSport has not only challenged its major rival Renault Duster, but also it has locked horns with other compact utility vehicles like Maruti Ertiga and Mahindra Quanto.

The twist in the tale is that this admirable compact crossover may find it hard to extend its rulership on the compact SUV segment in coming couple of years.

Other auto-units have learnt a lesson from Ford EcoSport’s remarkable success and are now in process to introduce their compact crossovers soon in the domestic market.

We have mentioned below the upcoming compact crossovers that Ford EcoSport will have to compete with in near future.

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Maruti XA Alpha

The XA Alpha is the most awaited compact SUV from the country’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki.

This ultimate product from the domestic automobile leader would show its skills at India’s biggest automotive ‘Car’nival – Auto Expo 2014, next month.

The XA Alpha is supposed to come with all the potential capabilities that will enable it to compete with current compact SUV leader, Ford EcoSport. It is reported that this upcoming mini crossover will come powered by an efficient 1.5 Litre diesel mill.

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Image: Shinzo Nakanishi, chief executive and MD of Maruti Suzuki poses with company's new compact SUV XA Alpha car.
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Sources reveal that this diesel power-train is developed solely by Maruti’s R&D team and will not be powered by the regular Fiat’s multijet diesel engine that the company has been using till now.

The company plans it to roll out initially with the diesel power-trains, however, petrol trims are reported to be introduced later.

Maruti XA Alpha will pave the way for the carmaker into a new ‘compact crossover’ segment.

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Volkswagen Taigun

Volkswagen Taigun is another compact SUV that will be seen competing with Ford EcoSport soon on the domestic shores. This sensational mini-crossover will come powered by a highly efficient 1.0 Litre, 3-cylinder TSI petrol engine that will be potent enough to toss out peak power of 110 PS and peak torque of 175 Nm.

Speculations are also rife that the diesel trims will be offered in a 1.4 litre 3-pot mill. Both the power-trains are acclaimed to return impressive fuel economy.

In addition, the petrol power-train will be complied with turbo chargers and direct injection technology that will enable it to return fuel economy of around 21 kmpl. This engine will challenge the EcoSport’s critically acclaimed 1.0 Litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

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Moreover, the Taigun is said to clock a top speed of 185 kmph in accordance with covering the 0-100 kmph in just 9.2 seconds.

This German sub-four metre crossover is anticipated to be tagged at a nominal price, thereby attracting large number of compact SUV enthusiasts.

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Hyundai’s compact SUV – Hyundai Motors has been in buzz in 2013 for designing a crossover to challenge cars like Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport.

And now, the car maker is all set to exhibit the said prototype at the Auto Expo 2014. It carries the new ‘Storm Philosophy’ that is seen on the new Santra Fe.

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It is speculated to carry 1.6 Litre GDI engine that will produce peak power 175 bhp and peak torque of 229 Nm.

In addition, this new compact crossover from Hyundai will have commendable fuel efficiency of 17 kmpl and will come mated to a dual clutch gear-box.

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Datsun Go+ MPV

Nissan’s subsidiary unit, Datsun will debut at the Indian automobile market with the commencing of Indian Auto Expo, 2014.

The brand will focus on manufacturing entry level products in the Indian automobile industry. It is will also introduce Go+ MPV targeting the compact crossover buyers.

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This compact MPV will also challenge the much popular mini-crossover, Ford EcoSport.

It is anticipated to come powered by a 1.2 Litre petrol engine that will churn top power of 68 PS and top torque of 104 Nm. Falling in the sub-four metre category, it will be priced competitively. Furthermore, this MPV will come mated to a five speed manual transmission.

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The compact crossover segment has shown immense heights of growth in last couple of years. Credit for its huge success goes to Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport that offer the ride of an SUV at a price tag of mid-size sedan and premium hatchbacks.

With the rising demand, the competition in the compact crossover segment has also increased.

Maruti Ertiga and Mahindra Quanto, too, have emerged as the key players in the segment. Now with four other compact utility crossovers to arrive in the Indian market, things will get tough for the EcoSport.

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Ford EcoSport at present is offered in 1.0 Litre petrol, 1.5 Litre petrol and 1.5 Litre diesel engine options.

Its 1.0 L 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol in-line is capable to produce peak power of 123.4 bhp at 6000 rpm and top torque of 170 Nm at 1400-4500 rpm, whereas the other high spec 1.5 Litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with the Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) tosses maximum power of 110 bhp at 6300 rpm along with its peak torque of 140 Nm at 4400 rpm.

Both the engines come mated to a 5-speed MT however its 1.5 L high spec petrol engine is offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission too.

Furthermore, the 1.5 Litre 4-pot DV5 diesel engine churns maximum power of 89.9bhp at 3750 rpm and maximum torque of 204Nm at 2000-2750 rpm.

 

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