Ford EcoSport Storm teased

A company backed by Nest co-founder Tony Fadell is taking Andy Rubin's startup to court.


American auto giant 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 exclusive front grille with STORM lettering on the center and black fog lamp exaggeration. It features cosmetic tweaks on the exterior and interior. The teaser image released by Ford shows that the Storm will come with a unique front grille with Storm badges (in Ford Raptor style) on the center and black fog lamp garnish. It also features two black strips extended over the bonnet and small air vents at the beginning of the A-pillars. The sides of the Strom special edition see the addition of black outside rear view mirrors, a black decal with Storm badging, black door handles, a black beltline moulding, black fender flares and new exclusive alloy wheels. On the top, it sports black roof rails, black cross roof racks and a sunroof. The orange color is also a new addition for the Brazilian market.

On the inside, the EcoSport Storm will feature a dual-tone interior finish on the doors and center console. The front seat backrests also get embroidered Storm badges. Meant chiefly at the South us markets, the EcoSport Storm is powered by the same 2.0-litre Direct Flex motor mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. On petrol, the engine makes 170hp and 202Nm of torque, though when run on ethanol, it makes 176hp and 221Nm of peak torque. In India, Ford sells the EcoSport with a 1.5-litre diesel and a new 1.5-litre Dragon petrol engine. There isn’t any news yet of Ford bringing the EcoSport Storm in India. The company is, however, readying launches of the refreshed Mustang, Figo and Aspire. It will also launch a cross-hatch based on the Figo in the coming months.