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2021 Ford Equator Three-Row SUV Debuts With Upscale Features

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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.

We’ll have more on all new Ford Motor Company models as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Equator news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Wait wait wait….. Ford can do a stately interior and dash/IP like this, but in the States they give us the Fisher Price-inspired crap in the Explorer?
    What did we ever do to you, Ford?

    • You took the words right out of my mouth! Let’s hope the first refresh brings us a similar interior design including digital display.

    • I agree. I wish Ford could import a higher quality interior components if it’s a money thing. My $45,000 F-150 had cheap hard plastic. My $26,000 Fusion (Mexico) had soft touch through out, vanity lamps etc…..Made no sense to me.

  2. They build every kind of crossover and SUV your mind can dream up but just can’t find a way to build a bigger sedan. I’m glad I have an open mind as vehicle builders go for next time. Much more freedom in that.

  3. I would buy the Ford Equator today if it was offered in the USA. Love Love Love the color!

    Can you use the color on an Escape in the USA???????????????

    Christine

  4. If you want a more quality interior just get a lincoln in the us. I transitioned years ago and I would say its worth the extra cost.

  5. Just cancel the current Explorer and bring this in the states! It looks better than a Mercedes! The current Explorer has too much plastic and overall horrible quality and reliability and might be the best seller and it’s still good but it could be a lot better and it should’ve been held off so they could’ve put SYNC4 in it and make sure everything was functioning in Chicago which is proven to be a disaster.

  6. The new Ford Explorer built on Chicago’s far south side is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. It is Phenomenal, just a Phenomenal piece of machinery.

    • It’s a extreme hit or miss and it depends on how much quality control cares the day it was built which is rarely compared to other Fords like the F-150 and Expedition which is doing good in terms of reliability minus the limited parts due to the shipments from China just sitting in the Los Angeles bay which needs to get figured out fast.

  7. Red steering wheel. I can remember when one could buy a vehicle with a red, green, blue, gold, even an orange steering wheel! Makes me feel old. Can’t Ford see they would sell lots of these in the US?

  8. If we can’t get this vehicle in the US,Ford should incorporate many of the styling elements on the Explorer and Escape refresh!

  9. I would like to know why the Lincoln Lineup didn’t get this sort of digital cluster/infotainment layout. Instead they use separate cluster and SYNC screens. Is this screen supplier specific to the China Market only ?

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