Rugged Ford EcoSport Active leaked before official international unveil
Teased earlier this year on Ford Europe's social media channels, and now leaked ahead of its global unveil slated for November 6th, the Ford EcoSport Active shows a more rugged version of the compact SUV, purely down to plastic body cladding and faux skid plates. A similarly rugged version, called the EcoSport Storm, has been on sale in Brazil previously. As for whether we'll see the EcoSport Active in India, we're told the EcoSport lineup may see some minor cosmetic revisions in the run up to Ford's big-ticket C-SUV launch in 2021/2022, but an EcoSport with body cladding is not on the cards for India at the moment.
The EcoSport Active in question makes do with plastic cladding all around, faux skid plates, and new multi-spoke alloy wheels with polished faces, apart from a contrast roof and black wing mirrors. Like other international facelifted EcoSport models, the tailgate mounted spare tyre has been given a miss. The EcoSport Active may be made available with AWD, as some markets do get an all-wheel drive powertrain, which includes a more powerful 2-litre naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine, making 166PS/202Nm. The standard engine for the EcoSport range internationally is a 1-litre EcoBoost turbocharged 3-cylinder, with 125PS/175Nm.
In India, Ford sells the EcoSport with black grille options in a couple of variants already, namely the S and Thunder. Currently, the EcoSport is available in India with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, or a 1.5-litre diesel available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Prices for the EcoSport range from Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 11.7 lakh, ex-showroom.
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