THE SUB-FOUR METRE CROSSOVER segment is full to bursting these days, but that wasn’t the case when the eco sport first came along to India. In fact, it had a bit of a monopoly back in the day, and essentially began the crossover revolution on our shores. And while there’s a whole lotta love for these all-rounders (and, boy, does India adore its allrounders), all that love and adoration has attracted a slew of manufacturers to throw their hat into the crossover ring. from top-dog to underdog then, and ford are hoping to come out swinging with the new ecosport, and to that effect, have kitted it with a new ticker: the 1.5-litre three-pot codenamed Dragon.
There’s a lot of other new stuff, too, starting with the face. It’s reminiscent of the previous model, not too much of a departure, but enough to give the car a more contemporary look. A new two-slat grille is flanked by projector headlamps with integrated DRLs and the hood has been tweaked for added style. the 17-inch alloys are also new and set off the car’s looks rather nicely. Lastly, there is the new bumper and fog-lamp design, and fresh roof-rails. Apart from these changes, the eco sport retains its original styling cues, and with good reason — it is quite a handsome car overall, especially the one that we got, with the shiny Lightning blue paint job.
There’s a bit of change inside, too, with a new dash which holds a massive 8.0-inch touchscreen front and cent