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FORD BOLSTERS ECOSPORT RANGE WITH NEW 1.5 PETROL AMBIENTE
13 May 2019
Julian Lurie edited by Liam Mothilall
The new Ford EcoSport, which was launched in June last year and which has done well according to the sales charts in the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. To capture a larger share of the SUV segment, Ford has made the EcoSport available to a wider range of buyers with the introduction of a new entry-level petrol-powered model with the 1.5 Ti-VCT Ambiente spec. Ford says that with the updated range, they have set a new benchmark for the class and the launch of the EcoSport 1.5 Ti-VCT Ambiente broadens its appeal giving customers greater value at the entry point.
Combined with the impressive performance of the new-generation 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol and a good level of comfort, safety and convenience features, the EcoSport range is now a more appealing proposition. The 1.5 Ti-VCT Ambiente is now the base model of the EcoSport range and the most affordable offering, followed by the 1.5 TDCi Ambiente which shares the same level of standard specification, and 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 the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT three-cylinder petrol engine that recently made its debut in the refreshed Ford Figo line-up. This advanced latest-generation unit is quite powerful and has an Aluminium engine block and cylinder head to reduce weight. It’s also fitted with the twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) for the four-valves-per-cylinder engine to deliver improved low-down torque, as well as top-end power. Ford says that 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 92KW and peak torque of 170NM, contributing towards all-round driving dynamics, good fuel economy and low running costs. Despite the new EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente is equipped with a high level of standard features which includes; electric windows all round, remote central locking, a perimeter alarm, electric heated side mirrors, air-conditioning and a six-speaker Ford Audio system linked to SYNC® with Bluetooth and Voice Activation, plus steering wheel audio controls. The instrument cluster incorporates a trip computer and an EcoMode that assists the driver to achieve optimal fuel economy. The safety package incorporates Electronic Stability Control, six airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounting points, rear parking sensors and manually activated 'Follow-me-home' headlamps. An optional towbar prep pack that makes for easy dealer fitment is available.
The recommended retail price for the Ford EcoSport is 1.5 Ti-VCT Ambiente 5-speed manual is R264 500 which includes a four-year / 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year / unlimited distance roadside assistance and a five-year / unlimited km corrosion warranty. A four-year / 60 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.
Prices for the rest of the EcoSport range are as follows:
1.5 TDCi Ambiente 5MTR267 500
1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6MTR293 500
1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6ATR306 900
1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6MTR334 500
1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6ATR346 900
All models have the same warranty.
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