With the gradual uptick in automatic gearbox choices among customers, Ford is offering an entry-level self-shifting option in its Compact Family SUV. It has also taken the opportunity to add a few more features to the rest of the Ecosport lineup.
The current Ecosport compact SUV was introduced locally in 2013 with a model rejuvenation in 2018. The Ecosport has remained a top-seller in the segment since its introduction thanks to its generous specification and keen price point. With sales in SUVs heavily in favour of automatic gearboxes, Ford has added the option of a 6-speed auto to its entry-level Ambiente model. The 1.5 petrol Ambiente (91 kW and 151 Nm) model is the only naturally-aspirated Ecosport in the lineup, and alongside the diesel Ambiente, is sourced from India (the rest come from the Romanian plant).
In addition to the auto, the Trend and Titanium models have benefitted from further safety and technical updates. It has added Ford’s Collision Mitigation System – a pre-collision assist feature that alerts the driver of a potential collision with the vehicle ahead, pre-charges the brakes and, if necessary, applies maximum braking pressure once the driver presses the brake pedal.
Cruise control with a speed limiter function has now been added to the Trend models, while the Titanium gains front parking sensors to accompany the rear sensors that are standard across the range. An underbody protection shield added on Trend and Titanium models reduces the threat of potential underbody damage.
Pricing (April 2020)
EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente 5MT R279 700
EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Ambiente 5MT R289 900
EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente 6AT (new model) R297 600
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6MT R319 200
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6AT R333 900
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6MT R357 000
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6AT R370 400