Amongst the latest announcements of new vehicles from Ford, at least three Allroad versions of existing models are expected to debut by 2019.
Ford is aiming to capitalise on the growth of the SUV and crossover market. Drivers are increasingly favouring models which have more rugged and strong looks. Audi, for example, has an Allroad quattro version of the A4 and A6. The success of other manufacturers which have launched 'active' models over the past few years is something Ford is keen to replicate.
The specific cars involved have not been confirmed. However, rumours of an Allroad edition of the Mondeo estate are strong. It can already be specified with four-wheel drive. This speculation has been boosted by the Mondeo's inclusion in the luxury Ford Vignale range, showing how the car can be adapted. Natural competition for a Mondeo Allroad would be the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.
Industry experts are further suggesting that the Focus estate is a logical contender. Rivals could include the ŠKODA Octavia Scout. The Focus already has the hints of SUV potential, with integrated roof bars and a longer wheelbase.
As for the third potential model, there is much less to work on. Where the Focus and Mondeo seem to be obvious cars to choose, the identity of the third is a mystery even to motoring publications. Ford's European Vice President, Barb Samardzich, added the Fiesta to the potential options:
“You could even include vehicles you might not think about doing it to, like the Fiesta. You put some black cladding in the right spots, roofrack it, and get it looking a lot more active.”
The comment refers to the body protection and other SUV elements that Ford crossovers typically receive. It is as yet unknown how far a redesign of an existing model would go.
A Fiesta Allroad is unlikely but not outside the realm of possibility. The Volvo S60 Cross Country has been cited as an example of how the vehicle could turn out. It features body cladding and skid plates on a much more compact body. Other similar cars include the Fiat Panda Cross and the Volkswagen Cross Polo.
By creating more Allroad vehicles, the manufacturer would be continuing a push towards SUVs. The Kuga and EcoSport already demonstrate how crossover models have evolved. A new, face-lifted version of the Kuga will launch this year, as will the mid-sized Ford Edge.
There is also the Ford Ranger pick-up, a traditionally-styled truck which showcases strong engineering developments. The Wildtrak version of the Ranger is a confident, capable 4x4 for use on and off the road.
Allroad versions would have a very specific SUV focus – in both style and capability. Expect a raised ground clearance and chunkier body style from any vehicle that debuts.
Names of Ford models set to receive the Allroad treatment are unconfirmed. There is also no word on how these new vehicles would be named when they join the Ford range. With 2019 as the target for all three launches, more details on the range should be available by the end of this year.
Come to any Birchwood Ford dealership to explore the new car range. The standard Mondeo and Focus estates are ready for you to take on a test drive now so contact us today or visit your nearest showroom in Halland, Hastings and Eastbourne.