Ford has been successfully been selling the Ford
Kuga compact crossover SUV in Europe since 2008. North
America was originally scheduled to receive the Kuga,
but these plans were later dropped due to some cost issues.
At the 2011 Detroit Motor Show, Ford unveiled the Vertrek
concept - which is basically the replacement for the Kuga,
but also one which is also adapted for US tastes so it
can take over once the Ford Escape is discontinued.
The Vertrek concept is based on Ford's global C-segment
platform, which includes the all-new Ford Focus range
launching early in 2011 in North America and Europe, plus
the latest C-MAX and Grand C-MAX multi-activity vehicles.
Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product
Development said of the concept: "Vertrek concept
is a no-compromise solution we feel utility vehicle customers
will embrace around the world. It is a revolution compared
to what is typically seen in this segment in North America
and is a stylish evolution compared with products outside
North America. This new design is sleeker and more fuel
efficient and delivers the capability, including people
and cargo volume, customers demand globally."
The Ford Vertrek displays a range of features and design
cues which have come from their European vehicles. But
they've also combined that with levels of cargo space,
trailer-tow and off-road capability expected by US buyers.
Ford has utilized their global design language "Kinetic
Design" for the Vertrek concept. That means the vehicle
has been designed to look like it's in motion even when
stationery. Whether that holds true or not for the Vertrek
is a matter of opinion. One thing that is certain is the
fact the Vertrek looks good from almost every angle. It's
neat, clean and coherent.
The Ford Vertrek concept is equipped with the latest high-tech
EcoBoost engine. That means it's motivated by a 1.6 litre
turbocharged 4-cylinder which offers the performance of
a larger displacement engine, and the fuel economy of
a smaller engine.
To further improve the Vertrek's fuel economy it is fitted
with an engine stop/start system and regenerative braking.
The interior of the Ford Vertek is incredibly light thanks
to the glass panel running down the center of the roof.
The four individual sports seats are clearly divided by
a center console running in-between.
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