The Ford EcoSport SE brings the styling of the international-spec model to India by losing the rear-mounted spare wheel.
There were reports that Ford India is planning to launch a non-spare wheel version of the EcoSport – a version that does not feature the rear-mounted spare wheel. Those reports have been confirmed today, as the rumoured version has been launched as the EcoSport SE, with prices starting from ₹10.49 lakh for the petrol variant and ₹10.99 lakh for the diesel (all figures ex-showroom). At this price, the EcoSport SE trim sits just below the top-spec S trim and, in terms of feature offerings, is based on the Titanium trim we're familiar with.
It's worth mentioning that the EcoSport SE does not have a relocated spare wheel – it does not offer one. Instead, the EcoSport SE comes with a puncture repair kit as standard. This is in accordance with the MoRTH notification, which was released in July last year. Apart from the restyled tailgate, the EcoSport SE also gets a restyled two-tone rear bumper, with a silver faux-diffuser insert. The tailgate still opens the same way as that of the other variants.
The SE variants of the EcoSport are powered by the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol (120bhp & 149Nm) and 1.5-litre turbo diesel (99bhp & 215Nm) engines as the rest of the line-up, however, there's only a five-speed manual gearbox on offer on both SE variants.
Feature-wise, the EcoSport SE comes loaded with Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility), FordPass connectivity app integration, a sunroof, dual front, side & curtain airbags, cruise control, auto HID headlamps, etc. as standard. The remaining features are shared with the Titanium trim.