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Revised Ford EcoSport arrives Down Under


Already priced in India and heading for South Africa next year, Ford Australia has become the latest to release pricing and spec details of the facelifted EcoSport.

A slow seller Down Under and in much of Europe, the Aussie-spec EcoSport differs little from the Indian model aesthetically, and even comes with the tailgate mounted spare wheel in contrast to the version sold in Europe.

Initially, the EcoSport will be offered in three trim levels; Ambiente, Trend and Titanium with an all petrol engine line-up and only a six-speed automatic gearbox in place of the similar ratio Powershift dual-clutch previously offered.

Starting the range off, the Ambiente is priced at $22 790 (R236 223) and comes powered by the new 1.5-litre Dragon engine that punches out 90 kW and 150 Nm of torque, and that has a rated fuel consumption figure of 6.9 L/100 km.

Notable standard creature comforts include a 6.5-inch touchscreen display with SYNC 3, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio and Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, seven airbags and a reverse camera with rear parking sensors.

Moving one up, the $24 490 (R253 844) Trend retains the multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-pot that produces 92 KW and 170 Nm, and which has a claimed consumption of 6.7 L/100 km. Building on the Ambiente, added kit in the Trend consists of a bigger eight-inch touchscreen system with satellite navigation, 16-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, a seven-speaker sound system and a leather wrapped steering wheel.

Completing the range, the Titanium is priced at $28 990 (R300 487) and aside from featuring the same engine as the Trend, gets 17-inch alloys, folding mirrors, sunroof, rain sense wipers, keyless entry, push button start, Blind Sport Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, climate control and front parking sensors.

South Africa pricing and spec is yet to be announced.

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