In keeping with trends in South Africa, Ford has added the Eskom version of the EcoSport to the range where bits of it are blacked out!
No, that was just a joke. What they have done is to add the EcoSport Black to the range and, as its name suggests, it receives several dark-hued feature enhancements that give it a more distinctive and dynamic appearance.
“The EcoSport is an important part of our product portfolio, satisfying the needs of a wide range of customers, from active individuals to young families that appreciate the space and versatility it offers,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager, Marketing at Ford South Africa.
“With the EcoSport Black, we have given the EcoSport a sportier and exclusive character that will appeal to customers seeking a stylish vehicle that has a bold and unique personality.”
The front grille and skid plate are finished in black and the theme continues on the bonnet with a bold black decal insert on the upper section of the hood that matches the painted black roof. Integrated black roof rails add both sporting flair and practicality to the package.
The side view is dominated by 6-inch black alloy wheels that replace the 15-inch steel rims with wheel trims on the standard EcoSport Ambiente. This is complemented by black side decals and mirror caps, while the rear of the vehicle features a black spare wheel cover as standard.
The EcoSport Black is available in a selection of colours that amplify the exclusive black detailing, comprising Diamond White, Moondust Silver, Smoke, Blue Lightning and Canyon Ridge.
The EcoSport Black is powered by Ford’s 1,5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 91 kW of power matched to 151 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Standard comfort, convenience and safety features include electrically operated windows all round, along with manual air-conditioning and Ford’s electric power-assisted steering (EPAS).
SYNC with Bluetooth and Voice Control integrates the multimedia entertainment and phone functions, and incorporates two USB ports, six speakers and a 4,2-inch screen. Remote control locking, an integrated perimeter alarm and engine immobiliser take care of vehicle security, while standard rear parking sensors make maneuvering the car into tight spaces a cinch.
On the safety front, the EcoSport Black is equipped with six crash bags (dual front, side and curtain) and dual ISOFIX child-seat mounting points in the rear seats. Active safety features include anti-lock brakes, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control.
EcoSport Black 1.5 6AT: R336 900