Ford Working on Rugged Mid-Size SUV
Ford has yet another SUV in the works - or perhaps a truck - with the yet-to-be unveiled new model planned to be an outdoorsy alternative to the recently announced Escape.
The new Escape, which was announced earlier in April is decidedly car-like and city-focused in its appearance and target customers—something the new model will go the other way on.
In an interview with The Detroit Bureau, Ford’s executive vice president of product development and purchasing, Hau Thai-Tang described the unnamed model as an ‘off-road utility’ but compared it directly to the Escape, with the new model filling a niche somewhat vacated by the carmakers mid-size SUV offering.
The new SUV, which will be built on the same platform as the Escape, will be “more upright (and) boxy” according to Thai-Tang, who said that Ford wanted to design and offer a model that was entirely different to the new Escape which was a far cry from the Escapes of old, which were themselves very boxy.
Thai-Tang explained that with the new Escape now aimed squarely at urban buyers, it had vacated space in the companies SUV lineup for yet another model - one which was ideal for buyers that liked rugged, off-road oriented vehicles.
Somewhat like what Toyota was thinking when they designed their new Rav4 to be more rugged—at least in appearance.
The new model will be released six months after the next generation Escape, which will hit Australian roads in 2020.
Whether or not the more rugged version of the Escape will make it to Australia is yet to be revealed.