What is known about the Ford Escape three-row crossover?September 9, 2020
Automobile publications report that the American automaker plans to introduce a three-row version of its compact crossover Ford Escape. This version of the model will not be presented until 2022.
The fourth-generation Ford Escape compact crossover is one of the automaker’s popular models. In Europe, this car is currently the best-selling hybrid model across the continent. It turns out that Ford has plans to further expand the Escape family with a new seven-seat version.
The Blue Oval is currently working on a three-row Escape based on the same C2 platform that also underpins the new Bronco and Focus SUV in Europe, according to a new report from the overseas FordAuthority community.
The seven-seat version of the crossover will receive a longer wheelbase and a more traditional roofline than the five-seat variants. There will be no major changes inside the cabin, but obviously a third row of seats will appear in the cabin, which can be accessed through a sliding second row of seats. The powertrain lineup will be borrowed from the five-seat Escape.
The new seven-seater, currently known internally as the CX430, will be marketed worldwide. It will be positioned as a direct competitor to the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and the like. In Europe, it will replace three Ford models – the slow-selling Edge crossover, and the S-Max and Galaxy vans, which will be phased out this year.
On the Old Continent, the new family crossover is likely to be called the Kuga Max or Grand Kuga. It will be produced at Ford’s Valencia plants, where the Mondeo sedan / station wagon is also being built, and will hit the market in the first months of 2022.
Not so long ago, our publication wrote that a curious Ford Transit NuggetPlus camper with a lifting roof was presented. Such a compact RV is based on the Ford Transit Custom model. When working on the new product, the Ford team was assisted by Westfalia, whose main specialization is campers.
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