The Ford EcoSport is undoubtedly one of the best-selling small SUVs in South Africa. Since introduction to the local market five years ago over 45 000 units have been sold.
Not willing to rest on its laurels, and with increasing pressure from rivals products (read: Renault Captur/Duster, Hyundai Creta, et al) Ford SA has just launched a revised EcoSport locally.
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A step up
Most obvious is a new look that is evident in the EcoSport’s visage, which brings it closer in appearance to the larger Kuga and Everest. A large trapezoidal grille and new angular headlights, incorporating stylish LED daytime running lights on the Trend and range-topping Titanium models, set it apart from the model it replaces. A central bulge on the bonnet along with angular fog light housings completes the new look at the front.
The EcoSport’s rear bumper and tail light designs also are revised and now feature a more sculpted appearance. New alloy wheel designs are offered in gunmetal grey five-spoke 16-inch versions on the Trend series, or 17-inch options on the Titanium. The entry-level Ambiente model is fitted with 16-inch steel rims with wheel covers.
Initially criticised for its low rent interior treatment, the latest Ford EcoSport addresses this with soft-touch materials and an entirely new instrument cluster and centre console. New seat designs promise greater comfort for all passengers, Titanium derivatives have full leather upholstery. Power windows are standard across the range.
Part of the interior upgrade includes the adoption of Ford’s Sync 3 communications and entertainment system, that is fitted as standard on the Trend and Titanium models. The colour touchscreen interface incorporates Bluetooth and voice control. A 6,5-inch screen is fitted on the Trend models, while the Titanium features an 8-inch version as well as satellite navigation.
EcoSport Ambiente variants have to make do with Ford’s first-generation Sync also with Bluetooth and voice control, as well as steering wheel audio controls. Rear parking sensors are provided on all models.
There are just two engine options in the current Ford EcoSport range. You can choose between a petrol or diesel motor, both of which are turbocharged.
The 1,0-litre Ecoboost engine produces 92kW with peak torque of 170 N.m from 1 400 to 4 500 r/min. Trend and Titanium customers have the choice between a six-speed manual gearbox or the latest-generation six-speed automatic that recently made its debut on the all-new Ford Fiesta.
A torquey 1,5-litre TDCi turbodiesel engine is offered in Ambiente trim, linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. It delivers 74kW and 205 N.m of torque between 1 750 and 3 250 r/min.
EcoSport 1,5 TDCi Ambiente (man) R 264 500
EcoSport 1,0 EcoBoost Trend (man) R 287 500
EcoSport 1,0 EcoBoost Trend (auto) R 300 700
EcoSport 1,0 EcoBoost Titanium (man) R 327 800
EcoSport 1,0 EcoBoost Titanium (auto) R 339 900
All models come standard with a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-years of roadside assistance and a four-year/60 000km service plan is included.