Ford and Volkswagen team up to create a seven-seater frame SUVJanuary 20, 2020
The novelty will be created on the basis of the popular Amarok and Ranger pickups. The project received the code name “Cyclone”.
Volkswagen and Ford plan to produce frame SUVs based on the new generation Amarok and Ranger pickups. This is reported by the Argentine portal Autoblog, adding that the “passenger” versions already have internal indexes, and the models themselves will be sold in five- and seven-seater versions. Their main competitors are now called Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Recall that Volkswagen has already tried to create a three-row frame SUV based on the first generation Amarok, but it never came to the serial implementation. In the South American and Asian markets of such a model, it would be very difficult to compete with the Tiguan AllSpace, and in Europe the new SUV might not pass the environmental standards.
Collaboration with the American company Ford helped the Germans return to the once started project. Brands can create a global model that has every chance of becoming profitable.
The parties plan to organize a joint production of SUVs and pickups, and also expect to save on the development of the chassis. For Ford, the creation of a “passenger” modification of the Ranger truck will not be the first experience. The company already has an Everest SUV for the Australian, South American, and Asian markets. Currently, little is known about future frame SUVs from Ford and Volkswagen. The project is codenamed “Cyclone”, and the release of “co-platform” will be established in Argentina.
Recall that cooperation between these two automakers became known back in January 2019. The parties agreed that American specialists will develop and produce medium-sized pickups and large vans (for themselves and German partners). Volkswagen will take over the creation of the city van. The companies will also share best practices in the production of electric cars and autonomous cars. So, Ford has already been allowed to work with the “electric” modular platform MEB. The first cars created by the new alliance will go on sale no earlier than 2022. Experts do not exclude that among the new products will be new SUVs.
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