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American carmaker Ford has teased the production version of the Ford EcoSport Storm edition for the Brazilian market. The EcoSport Storm features few cosmetic updates to its exterior and interior. The EcoSport Storm concept was showcased at the 2014 Sao Paulo Auto Show.
The teaser image of the Ford EcoSport Storm reveals several updates compared to the regular model. The Storm edition comes with a unique front grille with STORM lettering on the centre and black fog lamp embellishment.
The special edition SUV also features two black stripes on the bonnet, one on each side. Along the A-pillar, it seems there's a small air vent. On the sides, the EcoSport Storm is seen with black outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs), a black decal with STORM lettering; black door handles, a black beltline moulding, black fender flares and new alloy wheels.
On the top of the special edition Storm, the SUV sports black roof rails, black cross roof racks and a sunroof. The orange paint scheme is also a new addition to the Brazilian market. On the inside, the STORM edition of the EcoSport features dual-tone finish on the door panels as well as on the centre console.The front seat backrest also receives embroidered STORM lettering.
The South American spec Ford EcoSport Storm is powered by the same 2.0-litre Direct Flex engine. The Direct Flex unit runs on petrol as well as on ethanol, while on petrol the engine produces 170bhp and 202Nm of torque, on the ethanol fuel, the unit develops 176bhp and 221Nm of torque. The engine comes married to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.
There is no news of Ford bringing the EcoSport Storm to India; however, given the cosmetic tweaks, the Storm edition looks sporty, and India could benefit from the special edition of the EcoSport. That said, Ford is currently focusing on launching the refreshed Mustang, Figo hatchback and the Aspire compact sedan in India. There are reports that Ford could launch the Figo cross-hatch as well.