By Staff Reporter
The entry-level EcoSport Ambiente has received an automatic transmission thus offering more options for buyers buying at the bottom of the segment. Introduced in 2013, the EcoSport has been a major player in the compact SUV segment. To keep ahead of the completion, Ford is also introducing tech and safety enhancements on Trend and Titanium models.
New Ambiente 1.5 Automatic
The 1.5 engine which makes 91 kW and 151 Nm will get a six-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel consumption is claimed to be an acceptable 6,9l/100km. This is a slight uptick on the manual that asls 6,4l/100km. The addition of this model takes the total EcoSport derivatives offered to seven meaning more choice for the consumer.
The new EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente 6AT will be priced from R297,600. Like the rest of the range, this includes a standard 4-year/60,000km service plan.
Tech and safety updates for Trend and Titanium models
The EcoSport Trend and Titanium models will up their safety credentials with the inclusion of Ford’s Collision Mitigation System – a pre-collision assist feature that alerts the driver of a potential collision with the vehicle ahead, pre-charges the brakes and, if necessary, applies maximum braking pressure once the driver presses the brake pedal.
Cruise control with an adaptive speed limiter has now been added to the Trend models, while the Titanium gains front parking sensors to complement the rear sensors that are standard across the range. An underbody protection shield on Trend and Titanium models makes the EcoSport more robust for less-than-perfect roads in combination with its 206mm ground clearance.
The Ecosport range is priced as follows:
EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente 5MT R279,700
EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Ambiente 5MT R289,900
EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente 6AT R297,600
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6MT R319,200
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6AT R333,900
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6MT R357,000
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6AT R370,400
All EcoSport models come standard with Ford Protect which includes a four-year/60,000km service plan, three-year unlimited distance roadside assistance and four-year/120,000km comprehensive warranty. This is complemented by a five-year/unlimited distance corrosion warranty.
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