Ford Ecosport will now sport the newly developed m-Stallion series of engine, the 1.2-litre petrol engine, under its hood in India to start with. It might also be offered in the Brazilian market where the Ecosport is due for a change later this year.
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Ford’s 1.0-litre Ecosboost is a globally acclaimed engine, known for its innovation in downsizing, but here in the Indian conditions, it did not deliver on fuel economy. Now with the onset of BS-VI emission norms, Ford has already upgraded its 1.5-itre petrol and diesel powertrains. It discontinued the Ecoboost engine and for the performance variant has now zeroed in on the m-Stallion 1.2-litre turbo-petrol that delivers 130PS of power and 230Nm of torque. The engine will come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Ford might also offer it mated to a dual-clutch automatic gearbox but that will take some time.
The 1.2-litre m-Stallion will make its production debut in the sportier variant of the XUV3OO before it is employed under the hood of the Ford. We can expect the it to be offered on the Ford Ecosport by mid-2020 and it will offer 5PS more power and almost 60Nm more torque which should help its tractability and hence the fuel economy.
The Ford EcoSport continues to compete with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV3OO and the recently announced sub-4m SUVs from Renault and Nissan. Price-wise, the engine will command a premium over the regular petrol and diesel but will be the most powerful version on offer in sub-4m SUVs.
Back to the Mahindra XUV300, the company will launch the Sportz trim showcased at Auto Expo 2020. A source we spoke with, confirmed that the deliveries start from May. This indicates the launch could be next month. This BS-VI petrol will sit on the top of the XUB300 line-up and will be available with a 6-speed manual only.