Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium

Ford's Fiesta-based EcoSport crossover - released this week in South Africa - is available to local customers in a choice of three engines and two transmissions, three trim levels and eight colours.

Headlining the motorvation column is Ford's 92kW/170Nm, one-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder, Engine of the Year for the past two years. Even in this tall, somewhat bulky setting, Ford quotes combined-cycle fuel consumption of only 5.7 litres per 100km.

The EcoSport will also be available with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, rated for 82kW at 6300rpm and 138Nm at 4400rpm, at an average cost of 6.5 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

And for oil-burner fans there's the 1.5 TDCi intercooled turbodiesel, good for a claimed 66kW at 3750rpm and a muscular 205Nm from 2000-2750rpm, allied to a combined cycle figure of only 4.6 litres per 100km.

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard across the range, with the exception of the 1.5-litre petrol Titanium version, which comes with a six-speed, dual-clutch Powershift automatic transmission.

URBAN WARRIOR

The EcoSport is built in India alongside its Figo cousin to handle third-world traffic - and third-world roads! - with 200mm ground clearances to take the bump out of speed bumps and potholes, electric power-assisted steering with pull-drift compensation and an overall length of less than four metres to take the stress of inner-city congestion.

It comes with Ford's Sync voice-activated connectivity system and mno less than 20 places in the cabin to lose things (are you sure this is not a French car, Cyril?) including a glove compartment that can keep a six-pack cool.

With the 60:40 split rear seats folded and tumbled against the front seats, the boot space increases to 705 litres - big enough, says Ford, to swallow a (very small) washing machine.

All EcoSports have driver and front passenger, side and curtain airbags, while high-end variants also have an electronic stability programme linked to the antilocking brakes, that automatically reduces engine power and selectively brakes individual wheels to stabilise the car when it detects a 'sideways situation'.

PRICES

1.5 Ambiente - R199 000

1.0 EcoBoost Trend - R224 000

1.5 TDCi Trend - R229 000

1.0 EcoBoost Titanium - R244 000

1.5 Titanium PowerShift - R244 000

1.5 TDCi Titanium - R249 000

These include a four-year or 120 000 warranty and a four-year or 60 000km service plan - which effectively means that the first three services are free.

 

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