Ford introduces slightly more affordable EcoSport

29 November 2018 - 12:47 By Phuti Mpyane
Ford bolsters popular Ecosport with a new entry-level model. Picture: SUPPLIED
Ford bolsters popular Ecosport with a new entry-level model. Picture: SUPPLIED

Ford Motors SA (FMCSA) has announced a new entry-level Ambiente derivative of popular EcoSport range.

The aim of this R3,000 cheaper model is to offer a petrol alternative to the former entry-point model — the diesel 1.5 TDCI Ambiente.

Both versions share identical levels of standard Ambiente specification which equips the cars with Electronic Stability Control, six airbags, ISOFIX child-seat mounting points, rear parking sensors, manually activated “Follow-me-home” headlamps, electric windows all round, remote central locking, power heated side mirrors, air-conditioning, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and Voice Activation, steering wheel audio controls, and a trip computer.

The newcomer is powered by a new 1.5l Ti-VCT three-cylinder petrol engine with maximum output of 92kW and peak torque of 170Nm, linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. This motor recently made its debut in the refreshed Ford Figo range and from that application you can expect a decent and refined little heart with strong urge and good fuel economy.

Ever the pleasing space to be regardless of engine choice. Picture: SUPPLIED
Ever the pleasing space to be regardless of engine choice. Picture: SUPPLIED

The rest of the EcoSport engine options have the 1.5 TDCi and the multiple engine of the year award-winning 1.0 EcoBoost petrol in Trend and Titanium specification, available in either manual or automatic transmission choices.

The EcoSport range comes standard with a four-year/120,000km warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance, and a four-year/60,000km service plan.

PRICES

1.5 Ti-VCT Ambiente 5MT                            R264,500

1.5 TDCi Ambiente 5MT                                 R267,500

1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6MT                               R293,500

1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6AT                                R306,900

1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6MT                           R334,500

1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6AT                            R346,900

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