Ford adds new entry-level Auto to Ecosport Range

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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

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