The Ford EcoSport Storm 4WD has been officially revealed and comes with several design tweaks in comparison to the regular model. This model has been introduced for South American markets by the company. The new model had been officially teased previously and will get all-wheel drive as well. The four-wheel drive system will be paired to a 6-speed torque converter automatic and will have a 2.0 litre engine that makes varying outputs depending on whether the fuel used is ethanol or petrol. In the latter it dishes out 170 hp and 202 Nm while in the former, it will make 176 hp and 221 Nm. There will be standard paddle shifters as well.
The four wheel drive system has scaled up weight to 1469 kg which is 110 kg more than the regular model sold in South American markets. There is a revamped suspension system for the model and this has led to 15% improvements by way of shock absorption and a 40% lowering of vibrations from the steering wheel. There are certain visual changes including a brand new front grille with the Storm badges like the Raptor and strips and garnishing. There is black cladding along with black roof rails, Storm decals and badging and a sunroof. There is a brown shade which is new for the model along with new 17-inch alloy wheels and Michelin tyres.
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There is a dual finish in grey and orange for the central console while there is leather upholstery for the steering wheel and seats. The Storm badge is there for the back of the front seats and the equipment on offer is akin to the EcoSport’s top-end Titanium trim. This includes a multifunction steering wheel and automatic headlamps along with reach and rake adjustments for the steering wheel. There is a height adjustable steering driver’s seat along with a Sync 3 8.0 inch touch screen infotainment system that gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility along with navigation.
There is a safety kit which comprises of ABS with EBD, 7 airbags, traction control, stability control, anti-rollover system parking assist, hill-assist and a reversing camera. The EcoSport Storm is based on the newly facelifted model which is sold presently in the Indian market which comes with front-wheel drive and there are two engine options, namely the 1.5 litre Dragon 123 hp petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel 100 hp engine.
Ford has not confirmed anything about launching the EcoSport Storm in the Indian market where it will be a coveted product. The American automaker may launch the facelifted Mustang along with the facelifted versions of the Aspire and Figo along with a cross-hatch based on the Figo over the next few months.