Volkswagen will release a frame seven-seater SUV together with FordJanuary 20, 2020
Ford and Volkswagen are developing an SUV based on Ranger and Amarok pickups
Volkswagen and Ford can release frame SUVs based on the new generation Amarok and Ranger pickups. According to the Argentinean Autoblog, “passenger” versions of trucks already have internal indexes, models will enter the market with five- and seven-seater salons and will compete with Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
Argentinean journalists recall that Volkswagen planned to release a utilitarian all-terrain vehicle with a three-row passenger compartment based on the first generation Amarok, but for some reason this SUV did not go into series: Volkswagen was afraid of internal competition with Tiguan AllSpace in the South American and Asian markets, and in Europe the model could not meet environmental standards.
Cooperation with Ford allowed Volkswagen to return to the project: within the framework of the alliance, the “global” model can become profitable – the concerns intend to establish joint production of SUVs and pickups, as well as save on the development of the chassis. In addition, for Ford, the release of the “passenger” version of the Ranger will not be new, as the range already includes the Everest frame SUV for the Australian, South American and Asian markets.
So far, little is known about frame SUVs: the project’s code name is Cyclone, and they plan to launch production of coplatform models in Argentina. Judging by the previously voiced forecasts, the bulk of the work on the mid-size pickup will fall on Ford, and the release of new generation trucks will be launched by 2022. SUVs are likely to enter the market later.
Volkswagen and Ford agreed to cooperate in the light commercial vehicle segment last January. In addition to the joint development of next-generation mid-size pickups (Amarok and Ranger), the alliance intends to join forces in the creation of city vans (Caddy and Tourneo Connect), small trucks (Transporter and Transit) and minivans (Caravelle and Tourneo Custom).
In addition, the parties share technologies for the production of electric cars and autonomous cars – it is known that Ford has already gained access to the MEB modular “electric” platform.
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