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Ford EcoSport Active Off-road Adventure and Active Lifestyle SUV Coming on 5th November!


Ford EcoSport Active Off-road Adventure and Active Lifestyle SUV Coming on 5th November!

by admin | October 08, 2020


Ford EcoSport Active Off-road Adventure and Active Lifestyle Small SUV Teased, Coming on 5th November , 2020.

The Ford EcoSport in Europe will soon be getting a new Active version with the growing popularity and positive customer feedback of the Active trim on models such as the Fiesta and Focus. Ford has confirmed the unveil of the off-road inspired EcoSport on the 6th of November.

Going by the Active versions of the Fiesta and Focus, this new model will feature an increased ground clearance, additional body cladding as well as some unique styling changes inside and out. These changes will give the compact crossover better rough road capability while also improving the aesthetic appeal.

The teaser image reveals that the Ecosport Active will come with Active badging and black plastic fender flares. Apart from exterior changes, the interior could also feature special branded seats, scuff plates and unique wheels.

The European Ford Ecosport offers AWD system as an option as well.

Besides announcing the EcoSport Active, Ford of Europe has planned a new “series strategy” that will be introduced later this year. As part of the change, models will be available in three main trim levels including Active, ST-Line and Titanium. Certain models, such as the Fiesta and Focus, will also offer X series and Vignale variants.

Ford will also offer “convenient equipment packs” which group the most commonly selected options together. This reduces complexity and promises to give customers better value for money.

Stay tuned for further updates on the Ford Ecosport Active.


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    Suzuki’s popular Swift has been around for many years. After all, the Japanese manufacturer has been giving it all the important touches and updates over time, making it seem fresh and ageless.

    After its latest update in 2016, the Suzuki Swift has now been launched in Japan with many changes and we could expect to see this in India towards the last quarter of 2020. Not only are the updates just cosmetic, we expect to see some changes related to engine and performance too!

    Expected Features: The new Swift won’t have too many significant changes in terms of looks. Small changes like

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    Price:
    The new facelifted Maruti Suzuki Swift is expected to cost Rs. 20,000 more than the outgoing model. So prices could start at around 5.5 Lakhs and go all the way upto Rs. 8.20 Lakhs (Ex- Showroom Delhi).

     

    Engine and Performance: The new Facelifted Maruti Suzuki Swift 2021 could be launched with a 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine as seen on the facelifted Maruti Suzuki Dzire. The new engine produces 90PS power, 7PS more than the current Swift’s petrol engine while the torque remains unchanged at 113NM. We do think that’s a good step taken towards offering more power.

    In terms of fuel efficiency, we expect the new Swift to fetch similar mileage figures as the existing Maruti Suzuki Swift. Howver, the engine in question comes with an idle start-stop feature which could help improve overall fuel efficiency. Speaking of the transmission, Maruti will continue to offer the facelifted Swift the 5 speed manual and AMT gearbox. Keeping in mind the BS6 norms, there would be no diesel engine on offer in the facelifted Swift.

     

    So, would the new Facelifted Maruti Suzuki Swift make you want to buy it? Or, would you consider any of the other hatchbacks in the market like the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Ford Figo, Ford Freestyle, Hyundai i20 and the Volkswagen Polo?

     


    What’s new? Well, some prominent changes are seen on the exterior. In the front, the car features a new chrome grille and and an up- swept bumper profile, LED headlamps, DRL styled indicators and LED fog lamps. On the side, you’ll notice new dual-tone alloy wheels and rear view mirror indicators on the base model. Lastly at the back- the LED tail lamps give it a more modern look. Apart from these changes, not much has been modified in terms of the Brezza’s structure. The updates also don’t include a sunroof that many cars in the same segment offer.


    When

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    Four variants are on offer in the BS6 Brezza 2020- LXI, VXI, ZXI and ZXI+. We personally think the LXI and VXI are most value for money variants of this car. The new Brezza comes with various colour options - red, orange, silver, white, blue and grey. Dual-tone colours are also offered that include blue/black, grey/orange and red/black.

    While Maruti Suzuki’s Brezza has been a hot seller in the recent past, it could face tough competition from Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300, and the Tata Nexon. Though the Brezza received quite a few updates, we feel the cabin could have been revised to give out a more premium feel as it seems quite outdated compared to the competition mentioned above. Phone connectivity is also something that is missing in the new Brezza, a feature that many other manufacturers are now offering.

    The sub- 4 metre Vitara Brezza has one of its most successful models in the Indian market. With many other players in the sub 4 metre SUV segment, it would be interesting to see how the Petrol Brezza fairs with prices starting from Rs 7.34 lakh and going all the way upto Rs 11.15 lakh (ex-showroom).


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    However now, the Ecosport Trend, Titanium , Titanium plus and the Thunder Variants will get an updated touchscreen system with Android OS. The infotainment system in the

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    Trend, Thunder, Titanium and Titanium+ variants of the Ford EcoSport will now run on Android operating system.

    This new features will be available from the following Vin Cut-off for the EcoSport Models.

    • Titanium + ,Trend ,Trend+: LE43575
    • Titanium : LE42288

    Being Android based, the infotainment unit will now include Wi-Fi features like Over the Air (OTA) updates, enabling customers to upgrade the system software on their own. It will also provide live traffic updates for Offline MMI maps and conference call functionality enabling to speak with up to 3 individuals at a time.

    The Trend, Titanium, Titanium plus and Sports variants manufactured in August 2020 onwards will get this upgrade. However, existing vehicles with Windows based Fly Audio cannot be converted to the Android based OS due to difference of hardware compatibility.