Seven-Seat Ford Equator Gunning For Toyota Highlander

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It's sized somewhere between a Ford Edge and Ford Explorer.

When the fully electric Ford Mustang Mach-E goes on sale later this year, the automaker will have nine different SUVs on sale in the US, and that doesn't take into account the many configurations and powertrains of each of them.

But one Blue Oval SUV that you won't see on local roads is the seven-seat Ford Equator, which has been launched in the Chinese market as another product of the Jiangling-Ford joint venture. This partnership has been responsible for other Ford SUVs like the Territory EV, which we described as a more attractive version of the smaller EcoSport.

As reported by Car News China, the Equator measures 193.1 inches in length, which makes it longer than a Ford Edge but shorter than the Explorer. The width works out to 76 inches and it has a height of 69 inches.

It's powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 221 horsepower and will be aimed at competitors like the Jeep Grand Commander and the Toyota Highlander. Paired with this sole engine choice will reportedly be either a five-speed automatic or manual gearbox, along with either rear- or all-wheel drivetrains.

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It's a pretty neat-looking SUV with a large grille, an unusual lower notch on either corner of the headlights, and a full-width taillight arrangement at the back. The blocky SUV has twin tailpipes at the back and a modest diffuser, along with the prominent Equator lettering on the tailgate.

For now, no further information is available and no pictures of the Equator's interior were shared. Considering Ford's comprehensive SUV lineup in the US, and that the Explorer/Expedition both seat at least eight occupants, we can't see the Equator ever making it stateside. However, at least the Equator is a legitimate Ford and appears a lot more palatable than some other creations coming out of China, such as copycat versions of both the Bronco and F-150.

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