You must have heard that Ford has decided to leave India. Along with this, now, the company has also cancelled the launch of the EcoSport facelift. The facelift of the compact SUV was scheduled to be launched during the festive season. This would be the EcoSport’s second facelift since its first launch in India in June 2013. This means that the Ford EcoSport facelift will not be able to reach the dealerships.
2021 EcoSport Launch Cancelled
The EcoSport has been the most famous Ford ever in India, and in fact, the compact SUV trend started in India when it was launched in June 2013. The facelift of the EcoSport has been spotted several times during testing. We can tell from the spy shots the new front bumper with new LED daytime running lamps is located near the fog lamp housing. The facelift also got newly designed alloy wheels. However, according to recent reports, the EcoSport facelift has now been dropped.
The EcoSport was one of the first compact SUVs in the Indian market. Due to this, it could avail tax benefits on vehicles with a length of fewer than 4 meters by the government. Ford used to export the EcoSport to North America as a left-hand drive vehicle.
Ford’s deal with Mahindra broken
Ford sold the EcoSport with petrol and diesel engines. Ford discontinued the EcoBoost petrol engine last year due to BS6 emission norms. It was to be replaced with Mahindra’s 1.2-litre mStallion petrol engine. But as we know, the joint venture between the two manufacturers broke up, and the deal got cancelled. Otherwise, the mStallion machine would have made the EcoSport the most powerful compact SUV in the segment.
Ford was also testing a bi-turbo variant of the Endeavor. It was to be launched in India to compete with the MG Gloster and Toyota Fortuner. However, it seems that even Ford will not bring the Endeavor bi-turbo to India.
What is the future of Ford?
Ford has stopped manufacturing local vehicles. Only fully imported cars and SUVs will be sold in India. Ford will now focus on selling CBUs or fully developed units in India. They will continue to support the customers by offering service to their vehicles. Ford will also provide spare parts and offer warranty service. Dealerships in India will also continue as they will be selling CBU vehicles.