Ford recently launched the updated version of its beloved EcoSport compact SUV.
It features new exterior styling that is a little more rugged than before, a more upscale interior with a floating central touch-screen interface on most models and a few additional stowage solutions.
Ford claims the EcoSport is more refined than ever before. More soft-touch materials are used on the new model, which also features an entirely new instrument cluster and centre console.
Ford’s sophisticated SYNC3 communications and entertainment system is fitted as standard on the Trend and Titanium models, and incorporates Bluetooth and Voice Control. A 6.5-inch screen is fitted on the Trend models, while the Titanium features an eight-inch version as well as embedded turn-by-turn navigation.
On the entry-level side, the EcoSport Ambiente benefits from Ford’s first-generation SYNC with Bluetooth and Voice Control, as well as steering wheel audio controls.
The Titanium specification is also equipped with cruise control and a speed limiting function, while all models are equipped with park distance control.
Active driving safety has been stepped up across the range with standard fitment of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control (TC), as well as Roll Stability Control (RSC) in the EcoBoost range, that adjusts engine torque and braking to help drivers maintain control.
Additionally, the 1.0 EcoBoost-powered models gain Hill Launch Assist (HLA) that makes pulling off on steep inclines easier, along with Ford’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Six airbags are fitted as standard on the EcoSport Ambiente, comprising dual front, side and curtain airbags, while the Trend and Titanium models are additionally equipped with a driver’s knee airbag.
The EcoSport is powered by the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol, which delivers 92kW and 170Nm of torque. Trend and Titanium customers can choose between a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
The sole diesel option is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four, linked to a five-speed manual. It offers 74kW and 205Nm of torque.
EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Ambiente 5MT R 264 500
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6MT R 287 500
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6AT R 300 700
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6MT R 327 800
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6AT R 339 900
All models come standard a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty and a four-year/60 000km service plan.