Last September, we reported that the all-new, three-row, six-seater 2021 Ford Equator was headed for China early this year. The Equator will be produced at the Jiangling Motors Corporation Limited (JMC)-Ford joint venture and will compete with the Jeep Grand Commander and Toyota Highlander already on sale in China.
The 2021 Ford Equator measures 4,905 mm (193 inches) long, 1,930 mm (76 inches) wide, and 1,755 mm (69 inches) tall, with a 2,865 mm (113 inches) wheelbase. That makes it a bit larger than the Everest, which is based on the Ford Ranger, and a bit smaller than the Ford Explorer. It certainly looks a lot different than any other Blue Oval SUV or crossover on sale today, too.
The styling of the new Ford Equator is rather unique, starting up front with a pair of slim LED daytime running lights framing small headlights. There is a rather large upper front grille, along with a lower grille, framed by a pair of fog lights.
Out back, the Equator has LED taillights with a light bar connecting them, along with a large “Equator” script that lies below Ford’s Blue Oval badge, and there are dual tailpipes protruding from the bottom of the bumper. The overall styling of the Equator is somewhat similar to the Ford Territory, which was produced in Australia until 2016, though it might also give us clues as to what we might see on some future Ford models.
On the inside, the Equator is quite luxurious, with a pair of very Mercedes-like 12.3-inch screens that serve as the digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen, along with copious amounts of wooden accents, a twin-pane sunroof, floating center console, and a two-tone color combination.
The 2021 Ford Equator is powered exclusively by Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 that produces 221 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque in this application, which is mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. The SUV comes in standard all-wheel-drive configuration, while all-wheel-drive is optional.
The new Equator goes on sale in China on March 28th, and for now, at least, will only be sold in that market.