Headlining the change is a new 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine to take the place of the previous 1.5-litre four-cylinder for the entry-level Ambiente model, joining the existing 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder in higher grades.
The second major change sees Ford’s widely criticised Powershift dual-clutch automatic transmission withdrawn, replaced by a traditional six-speed automatic that’s now available across the range.
Ford has also added the latest SYNC3 infotainment system across the range which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The new 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine in the EcoSport Ambiente boosts power and torque to 90kW and 150Nn, up from 82kW and 140Nm in the previous four-cylinder model. Fuel use is a claimed 6.9l/100km, up from 6.5 l/100km.
Standard equipment for the Ambiente includes 16-inch steel wheels, full size spare, black mirrors, grille and door handles, cloth seat trim, power windows, 6.5-inch touchscreen, digital radio and Bluetooth.
A reversing camera and rear parking sensors are also standard along with cruise control and Ford's MyKey that allows owners to tailor specific vehicle settings on a second key for inexperienced drivers.
The mid-range Trend is powered by the 92kW/170Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol that is paired with a six-speed automatic.
Additional gear over the Ambiente includes 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, silver grille, black roof rails and body coloured mirrors and door handles.
Inside the Trend scores a leather wrapped steering wheel and a rear armrest with cupholders, while the touchscreen has been boosted to a larger 8.0-inch display.
The range-topping EcoSport Titanium has the same engine as the Trend but gains paddle shifters for the six-speed auto. All EcoSport models send power to the front wheels with no all wheel drive option available.
The Titanium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille, auto headlights, puddle lamps, front and rear bumper inserts, silver roof rails, power sunroof, leather accented upholstery, keyless entry and ignition and a self-dimming interior mirror.
The Titanium also gets a safety boost with front parking sensors, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and rain sensing wipers as standard.
Full pricing for the updated range will be revealed on December 14, 2017.
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