With a revised strategy currently focused on crossovers, Ford China has quite a few new products in the pipeline set to compete in that segment, including the recently-revealed Ford Edge L. The automaker also debuted the all-new Ford Equator for China way back in March 2021, which will be produced by a new passenger vehicle joint venture dubbed Jiangling Ford Motor Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. Now, the three-row, seven-seat utility vehicle has officially launched in that country.
The new Ford Equator is available in a total of seven trims, including Ambiente, Trend, Titanium, and Titanium Plus. Utilizing Ford China’s “Progressive Energy in Strength” design philosophy, the new crossover features styling that’s in line with other newer models already on sale in that country, with a cloud-like octagonal geometric grille, slim LED headlights, and sharp body lines.
FoMoCo utilized a team of over 100 designers and engineers to develop the new Ford Equator, giving it a rather aerodynamic wind resistance of 0.33 Cd, and also features designed to pay homage to Chinese cultural heritage, such as its new Blue Panther color scheme. Inside the cabin, the Equator sports several luxurious features including Comfort Pro seats, four-way adjustable airline headrests, three-position adjustable ventilation and heating, four-way power adjustable seats, adjustable independent armrests, Dinamica eco-friendly microfiber suede, and twin 12.3-inch screens.
The Ford Equator is powered exclusively by Ford’s 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost engine, which that produces 221 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque in this application, and is mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. Available now, the new Equator is priced between 173,800-221,800 RMB ($25,162-$32,111 USD), depending on trim and configuration.