Ford has launched a more rugged-looking version of its EcoSport SUV in Brazil, complete with four-wheel-drive and a 2-litre engine.

The EcoSport Storm appears to be aimed primarily at South American markets, although it would certainly seem a wasted opportunity if Ford didn’t launch something similar to this on global markets. At this stage there are no plans to bring the Storm to South Africa, although it is still early days.

In many countries, including SA, the EcoSport is sold in front-wheel-drive format only, but some markets do get an all-wheel-drive option and the Brazilian EcoSport Storm is no exception. It's not a pukka off-roader like the Suzuki Jimny, but this EcoSport should still get you to places where your average crossover fears to tread.

Ground clearance remains at 200mm, but it does get some additional body cladding, including black wheel arch protectors. Also setting it apart is a Raptor-like grille, black body stripes and a ‘Storm’ spare wheel cover. The cabin features black leather seats with Satin Orange stitching.

The EcoSport Storm is powered by a normally aspirated 2-litre petrol engine, rated at 125kW and paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

But would it sell up a Storm in South Africa? Would you like to see it here?

IOL Motoring