Ford has bolstered its EcoSport range with the addition of a new special edition model – the EcoSport Active. It is based on the Trend derivative with a price tag of R393 700.
The majority of changes takes place aesthetically with black-coloured front grille, mirror caps, roof rails, wheel arch mouldings, front/rear skirting and 17-inch alloy wheels. The roof is also painted black, where customers can choose from four available colours: Frozen White, Luxe Yellow, Solar Silver and Magnetic dark grey.
Inside, the leather seats, emblazoned with the ‘Active’ name (also found on the front fenders), replaces the standard cloth seats found in the Trend derivative. There is a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel with cruise control, electric windows all-round, air-conditioning and an 8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Adding to the technological aspect, the model also comes equipped with the FordPass Connect system, that allows the user to connect with the car and control a number of vehicle functions from your smartphone via the FordPass app.
Under the bonnet is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with power figures of 92kW and 170Nm that is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Active has the same safety features as the Trend derivative like seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and a driver’s knee airbag), ABS brakes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Hill Launch Assist (HLA), rear parking sensors and a Thatcham alarm with immobiliser.
The range comes standard with a four-year or 120 000km mechanical warranty, a four-year or unlimited distance Roadside Assistance and a five-year or unlimited distance corrosion warranty.
In addition, customers also have the option of purchasing service or maintenance plans up to eight years or 135 000km. The warranty can be extended up to seven years or 200 000km, while the Roadside Assistance can be extended for an additional one or two years.
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