New Ford EcoSport Active variant comes with off-road refinements

Updated Nov 12, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It comes with more ground clearance.

Recently, we have reported about leaked images of a new variant of the Ford EcoSport subcompact crossover called Active. This new variant comes with off-road inspired cosmetic upgrades that give a new feel to the EcoSport.

Now, Ford confirmed the new Active variant of the EcoSport by revealing its features. The 2021 Ford EcoSport Active comes with thicker black plastic claddings around the wheel arches. The rear bumper and roof are also blacked-out that give the subcompact crossover a sleeker look.

Ford EcoSport Active front view

The new Ford EcoSport Active

Since the EcoSport Active is off-road inspired, the suspensions have received subtle lift to mildly improve its off-road capabilities. The Blue Oval brand says that Ford EcoSport features more ground clearance but didn’t elaborate on its exact figure. Also, the steering has been retuned and been added with a limited-slip differential for better control on off-roads.

However, the EcoSport Active will still be running with a front-wheel-drive and unibody chassis layout. The Active variant would be a good choice for those individuals who are looking for an affordable vehicle with moderate off-road capabilities.

Ford EcoSport Active side view

Black trims are added all over the exterior

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Inside, the seats come with Eco Leather which uses recycled materials. An A badge has been stitched to the Eco Leather seats that complement the Active badges placed on the exterior. The EcoSport Active will still be installed with an 8-inch infotainment screen with Ford SNYC.

Ford EcoSport Active interior view

The Ford EcoSport Active variant-exclusive seats

As for safety, the Ford EcoSport Active variant is equipped with traction and stability control, cruise control, and seven airbags.

Powering the Ford EcoSport Active uses the award-winning 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine capable of making 123 hp and 170 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission only.

Ford EcoSport Active seen from top

Would you love to see this variant in the local market?

As of this writing, the 2021 Ford EcoSport Active is intended to be sold in the European market only so the chances of seeing it here in the Philippine market are slim.

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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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