2022 Ford Ecosport Turbo Petrol test mule was recently spotted in Chennai. Ford had decided to make changes to a couple of engines, this includes a 1.5-litre Dragon series petrol motor and a 1.5-litre Diesel engine. Both the engines were converted from BS4 to BS6 compliant motors. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost was discontinued as upgrading it to the BS6 norms will add a big chunk of the unbearable cost plus the sales have been low. However, as we know, the 1.2 Turbo petrol from Mahindra is being plonked in the Ecosport and that is what has been spied testing here.
The current Ford EcoSport that saw its latest refresh houses a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel mill and churns out 100 hp of power at 3750 RPM and 205 Nm of torque at 4500 RPM. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The petrol variant comes with a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder motor that maxes out 123 hp at 6500 RPM and 150 Nm of torque at 4500 RPM, this engine has an optional 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. 1.2 Turbo petrol from Mahindra is the next in the lineup. It makes 110 PS and 200 Nm of torque!
Mahindra XUV300 packs the same motor. Ford is back with its independent operations in India. To push up the sales of the Ecosport this move is necessary. The turbo petrol in Mahindra XUV 300 is brilliant and this will even fortify the Ecosport in the fun to drive segment. Since a brand new model is quite far away!