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  Ford Equator Concept
 

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 Tokyo Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:October 19, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn Japan, as in many countries throughout Asia, the Ford Escape is among the most well-known Ford products and a centrepiece of the company's customer acclaimed line up of SUVs. Known as the Maverick in China and other select market in Asia, the compact sport-utility vehicle was launched to customers in Asia in 2001 and is now among Ford's best-selling vehicles both in Japan and the Asia Pacific region.

The Escape/Maverick has always offered customers a nearly ideal mix of functionality and overall drivability-a small, sportier sport-utility vehicle (SUV) that provides the comfort and overall drivability customers demand for in-city driving while delivering the toughness and capability to perform equally well off-road. The four-door SUV offers good value in the market place, both affordable to purchase and economical to drive.

But with any good vehicle, there is always more to be had. This new Equator Concept offers a glimpse of the future for Ford compact SUVs, designed to make everyday seem like a weekend. The new concept was developed in Ford's Lio Ho Design Technology Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Equator Concept incorporates a new body trim that expressly demonstrates its athletic capabilities and aerodynamics. The new grille, with its enlarged air intake, and the new hood convey the visual appeal of the engine within. The sleek headlamps were developed working with the research and development team at TYC Brother Industrial.

Like the Explorer, the Equator Concept's interior features a distinctively sporty design. The overall presence is modern, refined and flavored with visual cues that emphasize the sports car nature of this SUV. There is ample room for four, with driver and passengers alike riding in well-bolstered sport seats created by Ming Fong Industries, covered in a uniquely embossed PC Vinyl. The deep black surfaces were chosen to present a more hi-tech finish, creating a more upscale, premium feel.

As the Equator Concept is designed to deliver a sports performance, the development team selected a Duratec 30 engine-Ford's 24-valve, 3.0-liter V6. The engine features an aluminium block and heads, and dual overhead cams (DOHC). In the Equator Concept, the engine is tuned for 145 kW of power at 6,000 rpm with 265 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm to match. The design team envisions power being sent through a six-speed computer-controlled automatic transmission.

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