The notion of bucket lists from having one to eventually following through on fulfilling the items on said bucket list might seem strange to some. In a way we can understand that however, what we’ve also realized is that experiences are everything. There’s something about each and every experience, both old and new, that alter your way of being as an individual. The best kinds are usually the ones that change you for the better.
We recently had one such experience and effectively achieved one of the items on our bucket list – to go on a road trip. Complete with great company (in Dbn_Spotter & Theunis_VR), the experience was beyond fantastic. Filled with laughter, great music and various challenges/adventures, the experience was courtesy of Ford South Africa. The guest of honour and main star of the show was the newly launched Ford EcoSport.
Driving to and back the King Shaka International Airport was a breeze, and yes we do admit to hogging the driver’s seat more than the other two gents who were with us…we’re sure they didn’t mind it at all though! That’s how much we reveled and enjoyed being behind the wheel of the EcoSport.
The journey, taken through the breathtaking Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, included various challenges and clues that perfectly enabled us to test different elements of the vehicle. These ranged from the vehicle’s navigational system to its off-road capabilities. The car responded effortlessly and packs quite a punch in terms of overall power, this is thanks to its award-winning 1.0 EcoBoost engine complete with an all-new six-speed automatic transmission.
The engine delivers an exceptional combination of performance and fuel efficiency, and is ideally suited to the EcoSport. It produces an impressive 92kW of power matched to a peak torque output of 170Nm all the way from 1 400 to 4 500 r/min.
Trend and Titanium customers have the choice between a six-speed manual gearbox or the latest-generation six-speed automatic that recently made its debut on the all-new Ford Fiesta.
The frugal yet torquey 1.5-litre TDCi turbodiesel engine remains part of the line-up, offered in Ambiente trim, linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. It delivers 74kW and a substantial 205Nm of torque between 1 750 and 3 250 r/min.
This was definitely the perfect way to experience the less talked about parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal. A beautiful part of the country less explored made up of fantastic scenery and authentic, less known places to visit such as The Capture Site, The Piggly Wiggly, St Ives Lodge & Venue and many more. We highly recommend that everyone experience this part of our country at least once…you won’t regret it. Thanks to Ford South Africa for affording us the opportunity to see it first-hand, and in the new Ford EcoSport the company has a solid vehicle which will no doubt strike the right cords with many.
The new Ford EcoSport retails from R264 500.
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