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All you want to know about Ford EcoSport

Last updated on: May 10, 2013 19:50 IST

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The Ford EcoSport media drive has kicked off in Goa and the first batch of journalists have passed on technical specifications of the product to social media channels.

Tentatively the EcoSport is expected to be on sale in mid-June for Rs 700,000 -900,000. That said, let's get right into the details.

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The 1.5L petrol engine makes 110bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. The 1.5 TDCi diesel, unquestionably the volumes variant of the line-up, produces 89bhp of power and 204 Nm of torque with a mileage of 22.7 kmpl.

The 1.5 litre petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The manual variant's mileage is rated at 15.8 kmpl while the automatic transmission delivers 15.6 kmpl.

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The 1-litre turbocharged petrol (Ecoboost), available only on the Titanium and Titanium Optional variants and paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, delivers 122.5 bhp and 170 Nm. The mileage claimed for this engine is 18.9 kmpl.

The EcoSport does not offer the option of a diesel automatic variant. The 1-litre turbo petrol doesn't come in the automatic guise either. In all, the EcoSport is presented in four trim levels and eight exterior colour options.

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First of its kind in India, Ford will be introducing Ford Emergency Assistance feature in EcoSport. The system works in conjunction with Ford's SYNC system.

SYNC is the name given to the car's mobile phone support. Once you pair your mobile phone through SYNC, it automatically switches ON and OFF the Bluetooth each time you enter and exit the car. As a result, you can make and receive calls on the move, while also accessing your text messages and contacts.

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However, should there be an accident and the airbags of the car deploy, or the fuel is cut off, SYNC will automatically send a critical voice message directly to emergency operators.

Before the system initiates the call, there will be a 10-second window to allow you to decide whether you want the call to go through or not. If you do not do anything, the call will go through automatically to the emergency operators.

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The SYNC Emergency Assistance will override the incoming/current calls during the accident and give priority to the emergency call automatically.

Also, if a driver is unable to communicate at all, SYNC will automatically deliver a voice message while also giving GPS coordinates of the accident to the emergency crews.

The SYNC Emergency Assistance feature is valid for the lifetime of the vehicle without you having to pay any activation or subscription charges as such.

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Ed Pleet, Connected Services Director, Ford Motor Company, Asia Pacific and Africa, and Europe said: "Since 911 Assist (SYNC's North American version of Emergency Assistance) was launched in 2008, we have heard many remarkable stories about how the technology made a difference for people in their time of need."

"We are constantly working on new innovations to provide Indian customers with the latest smart features and Emergency Assistance certainly raises the bar on in-car technology and connectivity in India," he added.

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