2022 Ford Escape seven-seater in development – report
A seven-seater 2022 Ford Escape is currently in development, according to US website Ford Authority.
With the all-new 2021 Ford Escape due in Australia sometime in the third quarter with an optional plug-in hybrid powertrain, this opens to possibility of Ford offering a seven-seat, plug-in hybrid Escape in the future.
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Ford has decided to limit availability of its Edge SUV in Europe, known here as the Endura, due to slow sales in certain markets and ever-tightening emissions laws.
A new report by Automotive News Europe says the Blue Oval's European arm will pull the Edge from markets like the UK – which also happens to be Ford's largest European market – while soldiering on in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Belgium and Romania.
Ford has revealed a new pet accessory concept designed to soothe sensitive ears during the fireworks on New Year's Eve.
The Blue Oval cites statistics showing an estimated 45 per cent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks, causing distress for the animals and also their owners.
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In car news, the Kia Niro EV/e-Niro is set for Australia in 2019, NSW has imposed tougher drink driving penalties, Ford has announced pricing and specs for the 2019 Endura, and Volkswagen has moved to a five-year warranty, but only until the end of 2018.
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In car news, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC has been revealed, Apple has reported its first self-driving crash, the Ford Endura ST-Line has been confirmed for Australia, and the Lexus UX will be launching without Apple CarPlay Down Under.
Ford Australia has confirmed the upcoming Endura SUV will offer an ST-Line variant in Australia, with the range scheduled to land Down Under during the fourth quarter of this year.
Announced via the local division's Facebook page, the ST-Line isn't to be mistaken for the Edge ST offered in North America, which features a high-output 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6. Instead, the local ST-Line will almost certainly be powered by a turbo-diesel engine in keeping with the wider range.
Ford 'bemused' that Edge SUV nameplate off-limits in Australia
Ford’s regional boss says he felt “bemused” that Toyota wouldn’t allow it to use the Edge nameplate in Australia on its forthcoming large SUV — a decision that forced the Blue Oval into inventing the ‘Endura’ badge just for our market.
The Ford Endura is on track to arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, where it’ll sit between the smaller Escape and the more off-road-focused Everest. While nominally a Territory replacement, it’ll only be available with five seats.