Pretoria - When Ford launched its reinvigorated EcoSport range back in July, it seemed odd that the price leader from the previous range, the 1.5-litre normally aspirated Ambiente, was missing from the range.
However, a really great consolation came in the form of a 1.5-litre turbodiesel Ambiente that wasn’t priced too far north of the previous entry model. And now Ford is giving customers both options at the bottom end with the reintroduction of a 1.5-litre normally aspirated petrol Ambiente.
Priced at R264 500, it costs R3000 less than the diesel and as per the Figo range, the previous four-cylinder engine makes way for Ford’s new three-cylinder unit, but while it loses a cylinder it’s actually got more power than before.
The new 1.5 Ti-VCT petrol unit in the Ambiente produces 91kW and 150Nm, up from the previous four-cylinder 1.5's 82kW and 138Nm.
The only gearbox option is a five-speed manual, which drives the front wheels.