Ford’s EcoSport proves its mettle
Affordable with a high level of specifications, the new Ambiente 1,5 Ti-VCT model is expected to raise the stakes for Ford among price-conscious buyers.
The Ford EcoSport is proving its mettle in sales in the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment and the latest model raised the stakes further when it was launched in June this year.
Ford is now making the EcoSport available to a wider range of price-conscious buyers with the introduction of a new entry-level petrol-powered model - the
1,5 Ti-VCT Ambiente.
The 1,5 Ti-VCT Ambiente is now the most affordable offering in the range, followed by the 1,5 TDCi Ambiente which shares the same standard specification, along with the five-speed manual gearbox. The award-winning 1,0 EcoBoost engine powers the mid-series Trend and range-topping Titanium models that are available with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
Powering the new addition to the EcoSport range is a lively 1,5-litre Ti-VCT three cylinder petrol engine that recently made its debut in the refreshed Ford Figo lineup. This advanced latest-generation unit is powerful, efficient and clean and uses an aluminium engine block and cylinder head for reduced weight.
It also relies on twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) for the four valves per cylinder engine to deliver improved lowdown torque as well as top-end power.
The fitment of a dual-stage variable oil pump further enhances efficiency, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The 1,5 Ti-VCT engine is credited with a maximum power output of 91kW and peak torque of 150Nm, contributing towards great all-round driving dynamics, fuel economy and low running costs.
Despite the new EcoSport 1,5 Ambiente being positioned as the entry-level model in the range, it is equipped with an outstanding level of features. The safety package incorporates electronic stability control, six airbags, Isofix child seat mounting points, rear parking sensors and manually activated “follow-me-home” headlamps.
Electric windows are fitted all round, along with remote central locking, a perimeter alarm, power heated side mirrors, airconditioning and a tow bar prep pack that enables easy dealer fitment of the optional tow bar.
A six-speaker Ford audio system is provided, linked to connect with Bluetooth and Voice Activation. The instrument cluster incorporates a trip computer and an EcoMode choice that assists the driver to achieve optimal fuel economy.
Pricing includes Ford Protect which comprises a four year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three year unlimited distance roadside assistance and a five year or unlimited kilometre corrosion warranty. A four year or 60 000km service plan is included. Service intervals are at every 15 000km.
Ford EcoSport recommended retail prices are: 1,5 Ti-VCT Ambiente 5MT - R254 950; 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 and 1,0 EcoBoost Titanium 6AT - R346 900.