Indian Ford EcoSport arrives in Argentina in place of the Brazilian
After the closing of the Camaçari (BA) plant, Ford had to look for alternatives to keep the EcoSport on offer in the South American market. In Argentina, for example, the brand chose to import the SUV from India and has just announced it locally the arrival of the first units. The model comes directly from the Chennai factory and presents some differences in relation to the equivalent previously manufactured in Brazil.
The range of versions, for example, has been reduced to just two finishes: SE and Titanium. The FreeStyle variant, until then produced only in Camacari, was discontinued. Furthermore, the 1.5 Dragon 3-cylinder engine (123 hp and 15.4 kgfm of torque) becomes the only one available, even in the most expensive version. Thus, the engine 2.0 of 170 hp and 20.6 kgfm (which even had the option of four-wheel drive) leaves the line.
The transmission can be 5-speed manual (SE or Titanium) or 6-speed automatic (Titanium only). The factory warranty was expected to be extended to 5 years, but Ford now confirms that the coverage of 3 years or 100,000 km follows the same.
The list of standard items includes front, side and curtain airbags, electric steering, leather-covered steering wheel, electronic stability and traction controls, ABS brakes, SYNC 3 multimedia system with 8-inch screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multifunctional steering wheel, among others.
The SE model, in particular, has 16-inch wheels and manual air conditioning. The Titanium version, in turn, adds 17-inch wheels, automatic air conditioning, push-button start, photochromic rear-view mirror, sunroof, leather-covered seats, climb assistant, reverse camera, autopilot, automatic headlights and activation of the front and rear windows with one-touch function.
Another difference concerns taxation. Now imported from India, EcoSport arrives in Argentina paying 35% import tax. Despite this, prices are only 5% higher compared to the Brazilian model. The SE 1.5 MT costs 2,195,000 pesos (BRL 121,340), while the Titanium 1.5 AT costs 2,736,000 pesos (BRL 151,300).
In Brazil, the Ford EcoSport was definitely discontinued and there are no plans to bring units from India. With the brand’s new positioning, betting only on imported and more expensive models, we shouldn’t see a new compact SUV from the company around here.