Ford has discontinued the EcoSport as an aftermath of their exit from India. The car had been around in India for over 8 years and was one of the best-loved compact SUVs in the Indian market. The car was supposed to get a facelift this year. What are Ford’s plans for the future? Why did Ford decide to exit the Indian market? What alternatives for the Ford EcoSport can you look at instead? Read this article to find out.
Why did Ford decide to discontinue the EcoSport?
Ford decided to move out of India after years of losses. The value and utility-oriented market for cars in India simply preferred cheaper cars over the high-end cars provided by Ford. The company tried to tie up with local car manufacturers to cut costs. However, after a partnership with Mahindra did not work out the company decided to leave India.
The automobile giant also decided to discontinue all five cars which were made in India. This includes the Ford Figo, Ford Aspire, Ford Freestyle, Ford EcoSport and Ford Endeavour. Instead, the company is likely to bring back the Mustang coupe and Mustang Mach-E as CPUs to the Indian Market.
5 Great Alternatives for the EcoSport
The Kia Sonet
The Ford EcoSport was a close competitor of the Kia. While the EcoSport2021 was expected to be over 8lakhs the Kia Sonet was a little above ₹6.79Lakhs for the base variant. Both compact SUVs are known for their attention to safety.
However, while the Ford EcoSport had a 1496 cc, 3 Cylinders Inline,4 Valves/Cylinder, engine, the Sonet has a 1497 cc, 4 Cylinders Inline, 4 Valves/Cylinder engine. The Sonet also provides better milage than the EcoSport. The Kia Sonet is a good alternative for a Ford EcoSport.
Mahindra XUV 300
Ford and Mahindra’s partnership and their plans to launch an SUV together did not work out. However, the Mahindra XUV 300 continues to be a good alternative to the Ford EcoSport. With its cheetah inspired design and focus on utility, the XUV 300 comes at a lower price range than the EcoSport.
The Nexon is one of Tata’s most popular models, and for good reason. With a 1.2-L turbocharged Revotron petrol engine and a voice of a 1.5-L turbocharged Revotorq diesel engine, the Tata Nexon can provide up to a 17.4 kmpl mileage on petrol and 22.4 kmpl mileage on diesel. The Nexon is currently the most affordable compact SUV in the Indian market.
Toyota Urban cruiser
The Toyota Urban Cruiser is a relatively lower-priced compact SUV when compared with the EcoSprot. While we agree that it doesn’t compare to the EcoSport when it comes to looks, the car has a powerful 4-cylinder 1.5L petrol engine that can give up to 105hp with 138 Nm of peak torque. The Urban Cruiser also has a milage of 18.76km/l., which could beat EcoSport’s 15.9 any day.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is a clear winner when compared to the Ford EcoSport. Not only does the car come in a much more economical price range, but it also provides a higher mileage (16.5 as opposed to 15.9). While the Brezza lacks the telematic features provided by the EcoSport, it remains a good alternative, especially for Indian streets.
While the Ford EcoSport will be off-market soon, it shall be remembered for introducing compact SUVs to the Indian Market.