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Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Ambiente is the base variant in this newly released EcoSport model series. It comes with new set of facilities, especially in its comfort section. Those features include front power windows, fully foldable rear seats and a charging socket. Safety features remains the same with firm facilities ranging from door locking to seatbelts. Coming to the outside, this version hasn't received any cosmetic updates, which were given to the top end versions. Same is the case with the interiors, but new facilities will certainly adds to the convenience. This SUV is armed with the same 1.5-litre engine that blends strong performance with good fuel savings as well. Its braking and chassis arrangements balance its speed capacity, giving a stable and peaceful drive for the occupants.
The vehicle's large and muscular stance has been tailored for an image of elegance. With a design template that supports an aesthetic and streamlined body formant, it makes a sporty impression at first sight. At the front, it has a pair of slim headlamps that are inbuilt with homesafe lighting systems. Posted below is a uniquely designed two part grille that comes with a mild grey coating. The imposing look of the frontage is reinforced by the body cladding affixed to the bumper. By the side, there are prominent wheel arches that underline this SUV's sporty persona. For this variant, the outside mirror caps are in black. The door handles have a swing gate design for a more exotic look. At the rear, the spare wheel is mounted onto the tailgate, and this strengthens the SUV's stylish picture.
The compact SUV comes with a moderately large cabin arrangement, and the company has treated it for an air of luxury. It has been dressed in an attractive color scheme that blends charcoal black with warn neutral grey. The large seats are covered in fabric upholstery for a more relaxed drive feel. The driver gets the benefit of a footrest for additional support. Day/Night interior rear view mirrors are present, adding to the safety quality of the drive. This version is now provided with a 12V power point at the front, giving a convenient means for occupants to charge their devices. Additionally, the rear seats come with a 100% folding function, offering an improved storage capacity.
Engine and Performance:
Powering this SUV is the 1.5-litre TDCi power plant, which is retained from the outgoing version. It displaces 1498cc, and gives a remarkable mileage of 22.27kmpl. The plant gives a power of 98.59bhp at 3750rpm, coupled with a torque of 205Nm at 1750rpm to 3250rpm. The engine is paired with a 5 speed manual transmission, allowing efficient shifting and better performance.
Braking and Handling:
The drive stability is augmented with a braking system consisting of ventilated discs at the front and drum units at the rear. In addition to this, a strong chassis arrangement is also enforced, with an independent McPherson strut for the front axle, and a semi independent twist beam at the rear axle. In addition to this, the front axle is equipped with a coil spring and an anti roll bar for added stability. The rear axle is supported by twin gas and oil filled shock absorbers. Furthermore, the vehicle has been programmed with an electronic power assisted steering system that comes along with a pull drift compensation technology.
This variant is now gifted with a radio facility that comes along with USB and Aux-In functions, enabling users to bridge access with their own devices. Another feature to be highlighted is the Bluetooth system, which adds to the entertainment capacity with in-house call hosting and audio streaming through devices. Beside this, the SUV also has facilities like courtesy lights at the front and rear, along with a theater dimming light within. The manual air conditioning system comes along with a heater for preserving the drive ambience. An adjustable tilt and telescoping steering wheel also adds to the convenience of the driver. The power adjustable outside mirrors come with turn indicators for the benefit of comfort as well as safety. Power windows are present for the front, relieving hassle for those occupants.
The vehicle's engineering pattern ensures that the much needed element of safety is well secured. Seatbelts keep the occupants secure, reducing risks in case of rash driving. In addition to this, a remote central locking system strengthens safety within the car, and it comes along with a flip key. Also present is an electric swing gate release feature. This variant comes with a locking wheel nut for the spare wheel, in case a situation arises where the tyre needs to be replaced. An engine immobilizer system guards the vehicle as well, preventing unwanted entry or theft.
1. Attractive exterior look.
2. Updated features adds to the conveniences.
1. Being a base variant, it lacks comfort features.
2. It suffers from a deficit of safety functions.
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