Last month, Ford teased an Active version of its compact EcoSport but now the rugged newcomer has been revealed. Take a look!
The Ford EcoSport has proven popular in the compact SUV segment, thanks to its surprising gravel travel capability. Ford has now launched an Active version of its EcoSport in Europe. For those who aren't aware, Active is the tag given to Ford models that have been given some additional ground clearance as well as some offroad visual upgrades. Ford offers the Focus and Fiesta in Active trim already and now the EcoSport has received the Active treatment.
The Ford EcoSport Active features plastic cladding around the wheel arches, side skirts and leading into the front bumper. Note the revised rear bumper and faux skid plates which add to the EcoSport Active's rugged appeal. Also, Ford has further differentiated the EcoSport Active with its dual-tone body colour and roof combination. The EcoSport Active features 'unique exterior and interior styling alongside increased ride height and additional body protection for greater rough road capability'.
Ford also said, “Customers tell us they love how EcoSport’s bold styling, practical interior and versatility fits into their busy lives, so we’re excited to enhance the SUV with an Active version that delivers even more of those qualities,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service. Ford of Europe. “The EcoSport Active will be a new addition to the Active series that offers extra capability and rugged style for customers who want to take their outdoor adventures to the next level.”
The EcoSport Active's interior is familiar and standard specification is expected to be generous.
Speaking of the interior of the EcoSport Active, the images reveal leather upholstered seats with the 'Active' logo seen on the front seats. As a range-topping EcoSport, the Active derivative features Ford's latest SYNC3 infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and voice control functionality. Other notable features include 2 USB ports, climate control airconditioning, cruise control, and a multifunction steering wheel.
As for engine power, Ford's 93 kW 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine does service under the bonnet and it's mated with a 6-speed speed manual gearbox.
Given how much love there is for the Renault Duster globally, it should come as no surprise that Ford will want to prove its EcoSport is just as capable when it comes to the offroad stuff. As such, the Ecosport Active features an uprated suspension system, limited-slip differential and uprated chassis.
Will it come to South Africa? We are currently waiting for an official response from Ford South Africa but as it stands the Romanian-built EcoSport Active is predominantly destined for the European market. Nonetheless, given local conditions and South Africa's appetite for the outdoors, we think the EcoSport Active would be well-received by local buyers. Let's hope Ford SA can make a strong enough case for it! We will keep you updated...