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Value crossover joins the Focus and Fiesta in receiving a protective bodykit and suspension lift

The Ford Ecosport is the latest model in Ford 's line-up to receive a rugged Active variant, following the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus

Sitting at the top of the range alongside the two-tone version of the Ford Ecosport ST-Line car, the Ecosport Active is priced from £21,645 and aimed at helping "adventure-loving customers get the most from their active lifestyles".

The new trim option brings familiar off-road-inspired visual addenda such as chunky black plastic wheel arches and side skirts, while a subtle suspension lift offers improved ability over rough terrain. 

Interior tweaks over existing trim levels are minimal, with the new variant marked out primarily by its leather seats with 'Active' badging in the backrest,

The Ecosport remains available with a choice of two 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines or a 1.5-litre diesel, all of which drive the front axle via a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Roelant de Waard, vice president of marketing, sales and service for Ford Europe, 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."

The new Ford Focus Active and Ford Fiesta Active option arrives amid a reconfiguring of Ford's trim structures. Models will largely be available in ST-Line, Performance, Titanium and Active, with the Fiesta and Focus gaining X- and Vignale-badged range-toppers. 

Ford will also offer pre-built optional equipment packs alongside individual optional upgrades, which, the firm claims, will enhance value for money and make the buying process easier for customers.  

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catnip 8 November 2020

I've never really liked the

I've never really liked the EcoSport, but, right from when Ford sold it here, I've seen a surprisingly high number of them on the roads, especially since its never been short of competitors. It seems odd to offer an Active version of what already is a jacked up vehicle, and as far as the rear door goes, well maybe people like it as they aspire to a Defender or G-Wagen one day ...

scotty5 8 November 2020

There's a reason it doesn't sell here in the UK.

helping "adventure-loving customers get the most from their active lifestyles".

Given the size of an Eco-sport, those active lifestyles are limited to crown bowls and darts.

The Ecosport also has one of the most stupid rear door openings on the market made worse by the design lending itself to left-hand drive cars.

Maxi Cooper 8 November 2020

I always thought Ecosport was

I always thought Ecosport was a funny name for this car....not very eco friendly, or sporty!