Ford will on Friday unveil its facelifted Bantam at the JIMS. The range now also includes a 1.4-litre TDCi turbodiesel model.
In celebrating Bantam's 25th year in South Africa, changes to the range, apart from the cosmetic updates, include improve NVH qualities and better body sealing.
Three powertrains are now on offer: the existing petrol 1.3- and 1.6-litre petrol units and the new 1.4 TDCi turbodiesel.
The DuraTorq TDCi engine uses electronically controlled direct injection to develop 50 kW at 4 000 r/min and a peak torque figure of 160 Nm at 2 000 r/min.
Ford claims that its noise reduction technology makes this turbodiesel on the smoothest and quietest in its class. An "Accelerometer Pilot Control" monitors combustion noise levels, making adjustments to the main injectors every 0.3 milliseconds.
The petrol powertrains remain unchanged with the 1.3-litre RoCam power plant producing 55 kW at 5 500 r/min and 110 Nm at 3 000 r/min while the 1.6-litre RoCam unit offers 70 kW at 5 500 r/min and 137 Nm from 2 500 r/min.
Although Bantam remains unchanged beneath the metal, its appearance has been altered somewhat. New front and rear headlamp designs are evident, along with a redesigned front bumper and bonnet. The cabin gets a new instrument cluster and an interior upgrade.
Various specification levels are offered. The base model comes equipped with air conditioning and a radio CD as optional extras, while the XL model features two speakers, radio CD, a rear step bumper, cab protector and body side mouldings as standard.
The XLT receives further features including 14-inch alloy wheels, two extra speakers, fog lamps, body-coloured bumpers and mirrors, power windows and mirrors, loadbox edge protectors and remote central locking.
Topping the range is the XLE with dual airbags, a leather gear knob, leather steering wheel and body-coloured door handles.
Leather trim is optional on the XLT and XLE models while you'll need to pay extra for metallic paint on any of the models.
Bantam pricing will likely be revealed at its JIMS unveiling on Friday.
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