Ford Philippines doesn't have a shortage of SUVs, pick-ups, and crossovers. If you look at their line-up, those are the only vehicle types they offer these days. The Mustang is the only car they sell. Still, there is room for another high-riding model in the range. After all, it's the meat of Ford sales for the past couple of years now.
Last year, Ford brought in a China-made model in the form of the Territory. That move paid off for them as it became one of the fastest-selling models of 2020. It's quite the feat given the current situation. But Ford China recently revealed another model that might have some potential here. It's called the Equator, and the specs look promising.
But first, is it an MPV-Crossover or a Crossover-MPV? Like the Geely Okavango, the Equator is a bit of a category buster. That should make it an interesting choice for those looking for a tall seven-seater. However, we are leaning more towards Crossover-MPV since it has an all-wheel-drive option. It's a long vehicle too, measuring 4,905 mm from bumper to bumper. For reference, the Ford Everest is 4,893 mm long.
Inside, there's a massive screen that houses both the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. Both these screens measure 12.3-inches wide. The instrument cluster is customizable, and the infotainment screen comes with various applications. The high-mounted center console houses the electronic gear selector and parking brake. It also has a drive mode selector, as shown by the dial near the armrest.
As mentioned, the Equator has three rows of seats as standard, boosting its practical proposition. Higher-spec models replace the second-row benches for a pair of captain's chairs. Another standard feature in the premium variant is the massive panoramic sunroof.
The Equator is loaded with active safety features, at least for the top-spec model. Some of these features might be familiar to Everest Titanium owners. The Crossover-MPV is equipped with systems such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring, just to name a few. But what's new here is the 360-degree view camera. That will surely come in handy when trying to park this (nearly) five-meter-long vehicle.
Under the hood of the Equator is NOT a 1.5-liter turbo from the Focus. Instead, it comes with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Headline figures include 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque that's coursed through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Ford will release more details of the Equator by March 28. By then, they will show more variants, features, and other options available for this model. As for its chances of landing in the Philippines, Ford already saw success with the Territory, so the Equator could be a good complement to that model.