The new Ford Equator Sport is a soft-roader and Honda will take on the likes of the CR-V and the likes.
The new Ford Equator Sport is a soft-roader.
Ford may have stopped production in the Indian market, but it is quite active in our neighboring market. In collaboration with its Chinese partner – Jiangling Motors, the American carmaker has introduced another China specific model – the Ford Equator Sport, which has officially made its first public appearance at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The new Ford Equator Sport is a soft-roader and Honda will take on the likes of the CR-V. The big three-row Equator made its global debut in March this year, but according to reports, it’s a new vehicle under the skin, though it may have borrowed some design cues from its bigger cousin.
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Obviously the major difference starts with its dimensions. For your perspective, its wheelbase is 2,765mm shorter than the 140mm larger Equator which offers 2,865mm between wheels. Coming to the similarity in design language, the Equator Sport gets the same large radiator grille at the front flanked by slim LED headlights along with C-shaped DRLs. The side profile is muscular with wide wheel arches that mask the 20-inch wheels and plastic cladding at the bottom of the doors for that quintessential SUV appeal. The rear end is also very similar, though the Sport doesn’t have an LED strip connecting the taillights.
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Inside, the biggest difference is in the number of people it can accommodate. While the larger Equator is a six or seven seater, the Ford Equator Sport offers room for up to five passengers. The dashboard design and overall layout of the cabin are not much different and have the same dual-screen layout, though the surrounding trim looks more sober.
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Under the hood, there is a new 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that makes 168 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque. The motor is mated to an automatic transmission and we guess it’s an all-wheel-drive (AWD) car, where power goes to all four wheels in equal measure. The claimed top speed is 180 kmph.
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