2021 Ford EcoSport Active to get rugged cosmetics upgrade

Updated Oct 28, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Ford wants the EcoSport to have a rugged appeal.

The 2021 Ford EcoSport Active is set to debut for the European market on November 6. However, leaked images of the Ford EcoSport Active already surfaced online, and it looks like it will come with a rugged cosmetics upgrade.   

As for the new design, the 2021 Ford EcoSport Active comes with black plastic claddings around the wheel arches. The roof has been blacked-out creating a bold two-tone paint finish. The fog light housing and side mirrors are also blacked-out.

Ford EcoSport Active front view

The leaked 2021 Ford EcoSport Active

Inside, the EcoSport Active is equipped with an 8-inch infotainment screen that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The leather and suede upholstery is also a good addition to complement the rugged updates on the exterior.

There is a fine line between overdoing and underdoing designs. We think that the 2021 Ford EcoSport Active seems to go a bit overboard from its subcompact crossover nature. This is the type of EcoSport you see coming out from aftermarket customization shops.

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Ford EcoSport Active interior view

Interior view of the 2021 EcoSport Active

The leaked images may look familiar as the American marque introduced the EcoSport Storm variant in Brazil in 2018. It comes with similar rugged exterior styling as its bigger SUV siblings and utilizes a 4WD system that makes the Storm look like it’s built for off-roading.

However, the EcoSport comes with a front-wheel-drive layout. As such, the rugged design you see on the 2021 Ford Active is more of a cosmetics upgrade.

On the other hand, Ford announced that it will only produce crossovers and SUVs moving forward with the Mustang as the only exception.

With this, overcrowding in each class is expected and Ford is bound to explore different designs to make each model stand out from the other.

>>> Related: List of all Ford SUVs in the Philippines: Price list with Brief review

Ford EcoSport Active rear view

The new rear bumper is completely blacked-out

In the Philippines, Ford launched the Territory which could potentially affect the EcoSport’s stand in the local market. The Territory serves as Ford PH re-entry into the crossover segment. 

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Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport belongs to the best-selling subcompact crossovers in the Philippines, which acquired its major redesign in August 2018. It is best known for its flexibility, a sleeker exterior, and a new option for its engine that can compete within the Philippine market with greater range. A floating display screen measuring 8 inches is equipped with Ford's SYNC 3, which is available in the Titanium variant. It is the most apparent feature in the cabin of the Ford EcoSport. Ford Philippines offers the Ford EcoSport is available in four trims: 1.5 Ambiente MT as the base variant, 1.5 Trend MT, 1.5 Trend AT, and the 1.0 Eco-Boost Titanium AT. The advantages of the top-of-the-line Titanium variant includes an automatic start and stop engine system and six airbags. Ford EcoSport is now offered in two engine options. Ford kept the 1.5L Inline 4-Cylinder Ti-VCT petrol power plant but with improved performance. It now produces 121 horsepower and torque power of 1150 Nm. The other engine option is the smaller 1.0L Turbocharged Eco-Boost engine. It can generate 123 horsepower and torque power of 170 Nm. Furthermore, aside from the current five-speed manual gearbox, there is a new six-speed conventional A/T as well.

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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