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Charger
09-28-2005, 06:38 AM
At the Tokyo Auto Show<br><IMG SRC="http://www.autoindex.org/images/news/1232/norm_1_orig.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>source: autoindex<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Ford Equator <p><br>Ford Motor Co will display a new concept SUV at the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show.<p>Called the Equator, it will hint at the next-generation of Ford SUVs. It is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine and features intelligent 4WD system. <p>(Editor's note: there was another Ford Equator concept back in 2000 - but that was a Sport Utility Truck)<p>2005-09-28<br>Please quote Autoindex.org if You use this news article! <br> </TD></TR></TABLE>

Ascariss
09-28-2005, 06:45 AM
Larger picture:<p><IMG SRC="http://premium1.uploadit.org/ascariss//fordconcsuv.jpg" BORDER="0">

bolita
09-28-2005, 07:10 AM
Next Everest's future (thai - ranger based SUV??)

BMW_Dude
09-28-2005, 10:34 AM
This looks very nice, reminds me of the RR sport!

autodanse
09-28-2005, 11:00 AM
interesting blend of the the new 3-bar and classic truck grilles. cool truck

knihc2008
09-28-2005, 11:41 AM
looks like a body-kitted escape.

62Lincoln
09-28-2005, 03:01 PM
I wonder on which chassis this model is based. Escape, Explorer, maybe even the Ecosport? When I first saw the drawing, I thought maybe this was a follow up to the small SUV concept shown at NAIS (SynUS?), and was showing Ford's idea for an XB competitor. The magnified drawing seems to show body lines more in keeping with the Escape or Explorer.

SV
09-28-2005, 03:44 PM
it has a great front end design from the looks of it, but the side looks just like an escape. i'm almost positive those door handles are the same as the escape's in fact, which would mean that this <I>is</I> escape-based.

piokor
09-28-2005, 04:03 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SV100</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">it has a great front end design from the looks of it, but the side looks just like an escape. i'm almost positive those door handles are the same as the escape's in fact, which would mean that this <I>is</I> escape-based.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I agree that it's based on the Escape, look at how similar the A-Pillars are:<p> <IMG SRC="http://vnexpress.net/Vietnam/Oto-Xe-may/2003/04/3B9C6B35/Ford_Escape_04.jpg" BORDER="0">

CalinG7
09-28-2005, 04:55 PM
Same-old, same-old................... I thought Ford recognized it had a problem with safe/bland design and that they were going to be more adventurous. This looks like an Escape with a new, but seen-before, grille. And they want to present this in Tokyo, where it's the wackier the better?

StevenZoz
09-28-2005, 07:01 PM
i hate these stupid names... i mean explorer and escape... ok. but equator? i mean seriously... come on.

ricerammer
09-28-2005, 08:57 PM
Looks like an SVT Escape concept.

hakkinen
09-29-2005, 03:46 AM
It looks like a facelifted Maveric/Escape<p>@ndreas

rock999
09-29-2005, 11:18 AM
i know bmw_dude said it ,but this is so range rover sport. it looks especially similar to the rr stormer concept!

JBlair
09-29-2005, 01:01 PM
Looks like a concept version of the next escape.

Hornbag
09-30-2005, 03:21 AM
I like how the blended the Fusion grille with the F-150 grille! It looks pretty mad.

carjunkie
10-06-2005, 01:52 PM
The whole side of the concept is a rip-off of the old Honda CRV

SV
10-06-2005, 05:13 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carjunkie</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The whole side of the concept is a rip-off of the old Honda CRV</TD></TR></TABLE><p>the whole side of the concept is from a ford escape <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0">

Naga Royal Guard
10-06-2005, 06:29 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I like how the blended the Fusion grille with the F-150 grille! It looks pretty mad.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>yeah, you nailed it - hopefully they can peel it off the paper and make a production vehicle faithful to the sketch

LoneWolf
10-07-2005, 01:05 PM
The grille looks far to narrow to carry both the truck 'nostrils' and the tri-bar. They should either shrink the headlights to widen the grille or choose between the nostrils and the tri-bar IMO.

SHEPO
10-07-2005, 01:54 PM
i like it- looks aggressive. when's the next escape/maverick supposed to debut?

StevenZoz
10-07-2005, 02:27 PM
im surprised we havent seen a 'leaked' photo of this already. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0">

StevenZoz
10-07-2005, 10:04 PM
<A HREF="http://www.americancarfans.com/news.cfm/newsid/2050929.008/ford/1.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.americancarfans.com....html</A>

knicks125
10-07-2005, 10:13 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>stevenzoz</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://www.americancarfans.com/news.cfm/newsid/2050929.008/ford/1.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.americancarfans.com....html</A></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know this Equator '00 concept (SUT) is an one-off - it's another product that should have been made imo.<p>Well, let's hope the Equator '05 concept (SUV) will turn some heads like this had back in 2000.

Hornbag
10-08-2005, 03:57 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Naga Royal Guard</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>yeah, you nailed it - hopefully they can peel it off the paper and make a production vehicle faithful to the sketch</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well they better, because remove that grille and there is a pretty basic looking car there. The grille makes this car!

StevenZoz
10-09-2005, 01:20 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>FerrariSheppy36</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i like it- looks aggressive. when's the next escape/maverick supposed to debut?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>the mariner and the escape will be redesigned for 2008.<p><A HREF="http://autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102950" TARGET="_blank">http://autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102950</A>

knicks125
10-18-2005, 08:01 PM
Ford Equator (SUV) Concept debut @ Tokyo Auto Show:<p><A HREF="http://www.autodeadline.com/photos?Pop=Ford&Model=frdconcept" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autodeadline.com/ph...ncept</A><p>I will get larger pics up soon...

autodanse
10-18-2005, 08:28 PM
i dont get it... a second freshening of the maverick/escape?

knicks125
10-18-2005, 08:34 PM
Probably the basis for the next Escape/Maverick but for now it's the Equator concept <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Please note this is the SUV version of the Equator (concept). Ford released a truck-like concept by the same name back in 2000.

JBlair
10-18-2005, 08:56 PM
This is just a slightly modded version of the current escape. For god's sake the friekin' interior is almost the same too. What the heck was Ford thinking?

Gian86
10-19-2005, 02:30 AM
Looks very nice, i forgot they have original Equator concept in 2000. Hope this will be the next escape, looks similar but different. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Otxan
10-19-2005, 02:47 AM
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bolita
10-19-2005, 07:42 AM
I had my doubts regarding the Escape origin of this concept but JBlair is right...what was Ford thinking... I guess the bean counters when into the concept design room....

BMW_Dude
10-19-2005, 07:46 AM
This concept looks amazing IMO!<p>It looks so youthfall!

scorpio14
10-20-2005, 12:04 AM
I agree i like this and hope the general shape of the next Escape is similar to this... Though i hope the Mazda Tribute is ALOT more different in exterior and interior styling then the current model

tjts1
10-20-2005, 03:45 AM
You realize this is just the current escape with new fenders, hood and bumper. Its the same car they have been building for years.

Hornbag
10-27-2005, 03:33 AM
I totally missed this thread! I dont get it, is it a facelift? And tjts1, i believ the car started production eitheri n 2000 or 2001, its not that old...

knicks125
10-27-2005, 04:56 AM
A concept to be exact (or labled so by Ford), but this should be a good preview for the next Escape/Maverick.

StevenZoz
10-27-2005, 06:00 PM
i think they should name the new stretched expedition the equator. i think that's the perfect name.. it sounds big.

harvick2921
11-07-2005, 07:47 PM
<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> good job ford! nice one

Gromit
11-08-2005, 05:31 AM
There was a para or 2 about this vehicle in the UK mag Autocar.<p>Supposedly the (un-named) designer claims the inspiration for the grille comes from the bonnet bulge of his own Falcon XR8.<p>I'm not sure how a grille can be inspired by a bonnet bulge, and I can't see any resemblance myself. But it implies the Equator was a Ford Australia effort, unless someone in Detroit's running around in one of these:<p><IMG SRC="http://carsguide.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,3600,400488,00.jpg" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
11-13-2005, 03:42 AM
Brings a tear to my eye, good ol Ford Australia! I can see what he means, and its there, just look at how the bonnet buldge goes, although not similar to the actual concept, the idea is similar (god thats confusing)! I say put bonnet buldges on the rest of the V8 Ford linup! Like a V8 signature for Ford models...

jwfisher
01-01-2006, 01:31 PM
That IS an Escape.. very mildly warmed over. Updated w/ the 221-horse 3 liter and 6-speed auto. Ford is contemplating another mid-life warmover before it's finally completely replaced.

UBERMENSCH
01-05-2006, 09:54 AM
I was hoping to see a truck bigger than the expedition and smaller than the excursion. But I was wrong and I also see that Ford has learned from their mistake of the ultimate suv in the excursion.

thedesigner
03-25-2006, 05:28 PM
This is a joke.... it looks old already.... nice details, patheticly outdated shape. The Ford Edge looks about 10 years newer than this.... oh wait, that's because it is. It reminds me of when I see 2 gen old Accords with nice aftermarket halogens head/taillamps and decent body kits. The escape looked old when it was new. Why bother with this? Oh, because Ford is cheap, strapped for cash and shortsighted with their investments. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by thedesigner at 11:41 AM 3/26/2006</i>