You weren't supposed to see these photos until November 6.
Ever since Ford introduced the Puma back in mid-2019, the EcoSport hasn’t been getting a lot of attention. It’s perfectly understandable considering the newer of the Blue Oval’s small crossovers has a more interesting design and carries a cooler name, not to mention it’s offered in an ST flavour and is generally more appealing.
As a reminder the EcoSport is still around, Ford of Europe teased a while back an extension of the lineup with the addition of an outdoorsy Active trim. It’s officially set to debut on 6 November, but the folks over at Autonoción somehow got their digital hands on a comprehensive gallery. We get to see the mildly rugged pint-sized crossover from just about any angle, inside and out.
Gallery: Ford EcoSport Active
It looks exactly as you’d expect, complete with plastic body cladding around the wheel arches along with front and rear faux skid plates, tinted windows, and a new alloy wheel design. The Active models in the adjacent photo gallery have a two-tone look with a contrasting black finish for the roof and side mirror caps. If it looks a bit familiar, that’s because Ford is already selling a similar version in Brazil where it carries the Storm suffix.
Autonoción reports Ford will sell the EcoSport Active in Spain exclusively with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the 125-bhp specification with a six-speed manual gearbox. Despite its visual off-road upgrades, don’t hold your breath for all-wheel-drive as the Active will have an FWD-only setup, at least in Spain. In some markets, the EcoSport can be had with AWD, including the aforementioned Storm version.
In Spain, Ford will offer a generous amount of standard kit, varying from automatic headlights and cruise control to traffic sign recognition and automatic climate control. Autonoción reports the local EcoSport Active will also boast push-button start, leather/suede upholstery, and an eight-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration – all for a starting price of €24,100. It’s unclear at this point whether Ford will sell the EcoSport Active in the United Kingdom or the new version will remain a European affair.