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FORD BOLSTERS ECOSPORT RANGE WITH NEW 1.5 PETROL AMBIENTE
|Date: 28 Nov 2018
||Author Type: Press Release
|Author: Ford South Africa
|Source: Ford South Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa,
26 November 2018 – The Ford EcoSport enjoys prominence
on the sales charts in the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment, and the
latest model raised the stakes further when it was launched in June this year.
Now, Ford is making the EcoSport available to a wider range
of price-conscious buyers with the introduction of a new entry-level petrol-powered
model in the form of the 1.5 Ti-VCT Ambiente.
“The EcoSport has always offered a compelling combination
of exceptional value for money matched to great style, upmarket features and
family-oriented space and versatility,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager, Marketing at Ford
Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).
“With the updated range we set a new benchmark for the
class once again, and the launch of the EcoSport 1.5 Ti-VCT Ambiente broadens
its appeal even further by giving customers even greater value at the entry
point to this popular segment.
“Combined with the impressive performance of the
new-generation 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol and the superb level of standard
comfort, safety and convenience features, the EcoSport range is a more
appealing proposition than ever,” Mashinini adds.
The 1.5 Ti-VCT Ambiente now kicks off the EcoSport range as
the most affordable offering, followed by the 1.5 TDCi Ambiente which shares an
identical level of 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 the lively
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
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 low-down
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, impressive 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
standard 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, air-conditioning
and a towbar prep pack that enables easy dealer fitment of the optional towbar.
A six-speaker Ford Audio system is provided, 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.
As with the rest of the
EcoSport range, pricing includes Ford Protect which comprises a four-year/120
000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance
and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A four-year/60 000km service
plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.
EcoSport – Recommended Retail Prices:
value, space and comfort in new entry-level addition to EcoSport line-up
of impressive new-generation 1.5-litre Ti-VCT three-cylinder petrol engine
safety features including six airbags, Electronic Stability Control, rear
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
1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6AT R346 900
All models come
standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year/120 000km comprehensive
warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and
five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A four-year/60 000km service plan is
included, with 15 000km service intervals.