Ford EcoSport Active unveiled

Ford’s forgotten crossover receives a pumped-up ‘off-road’ spec.

Remember the EcoSport? Likely not, with Ford giving it quiet departure since the new Puma crossover launched here. But that’s not to say it won’t make a comeback, with a more rugged variant revealed by Ford over the weekend. The off-road inspired Active trim-level joins the existing Fiesta Active and Focus Active.

The EcoSport Active shares most of its standard equipment with the top-spec EcoSport Titanium, including equipment such as silver roof rails, automatic headlights, cruise control, rear parking sensors, a rear view camera and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Ford has fitted the Active model with raised suspension, rugged black plastic body cladding and unique 17-inch alloy wheels. There’s some extra equipment too, such as rear privacy glass, blacked-out headlamp bezels, a contrasting black roof and unique upholstery with leather inserts and blue stitching.

There’s also an upgrade available to Ford’s Active X specification. The package adds a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system, electrically folding door mirrors and keyless go. Ford also offers a choice five standard body colours, including Desert Island Blue, Luxe Yellow and Frozen White.

There’s just one engine choice on offer – Ford’s turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit. The engine develops 92kW and 170Nm of torque, which Ford says is enough for a 0–100km/h time of 11 seconds and a top speed of 180km/h.

Luke Wilkinson

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