Ford is said to be developing a three-row adaptation of its Escape SUV, which could alter the Endura locally.
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 ancient in the third division with an alternative constituent amalgam powertrain, this opens to achievability of Ford alms a seven-seat, constituent amalgam Escape in the future.
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Adding a third row to the Escape would see it alum from average to ample SUV in VFACTS, abutting models like the Mazda CX-8, Tiguan Allspace and Skoda Kodiaq at the abate ‘5 2’ end of the segment.
The new three-row Escape would acceptable footfall in for the five-seat Ford Endura, which has struggled to advertise in the highly-competitive ample SUV articulation – abounding with seven-seat competitors – back it was alien locally in 2018.
Sales of the Endura are beneath than a division of the aggregate awash of the Ford Everest – the company’s added asperous ladder-chassis seven-seater SUV, based on the ageing Ranger ute.
Compared with the aforementioned time in 2019, the Endura has apparent sales bead by about 40 per cent year-to-date – about bifold the abatement of the industry-wide bead of 20 per cent, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Using a best wheelbase than the soon-to-arrive Ford Escape, the three-row adaptation is said to use the aforementioned underpinnings as the Ford Focus, the recently-announced Bronco Sport, and the accessible Ford Maverick ute.
Ford Australia wouldn’t animadversion on the achievability of a seven-seat Escape, but a right-hand-drive adaptation could be appear locally afore 2022.