Mainstream car makers have seen sales of their big family hatches ebb away to premium brands or SUVs and funky MPVs. But Ford has come up with a reason to stay loyal.
The finished SAV is scheduled for launch in February, just in time for sales with an ’06 plate.
Prices should kick off at about £20,000 – a tasty premium over the Mondeo or C-Max.
Ford reckons punters will be willing to fork out for the SAV, because it signals the rebirth of the funky Ford. And the package – MPV spaciousness and command seating with estate car practicality and handling, sleek roofline and sporty design cues – can only be matched by Mercedes’ R-class, which will cost twice the price.
“We believe it’s unique: an MPV with a sporty attitude,” says Ford design chief Martin Smith.
Following the lukewarm reception to the new Focus’ looks, the SAV will introduce a bolder style. It combines pumped up body surfaces, a sleek profile with eye-catching details like gaping vents, trapezoidal headlamps and a chamfered rear screen.
While the concept car had only five seats, the finished model is a 5+2 seater. The rear perches fold flat big loads.
Don’t mistake the sleek, Mondeo-sized SAV for the next Galaxy – that will be replaced by another utilitarian vehicle that can transport seven adults. Without any VW components – the joint MPVs deal is history.
The SAV will adopt Ford’s C1+ chassis, bound for the next Mondeo and Galaxy. That’s a stretched version of the Focus platform, which means transverse engines and front/four-wheel drive.
Expect grunty engines: the 136bhp 2.0-litre and 155bhp 2.2-litre common rail diesels, as well as the 143bhp 2.0-litre petrol. Sources say the 220bhp inline five from the Focus ST also fits the engine bay.
Expect to find 136bhp and 155bhp diesels; 143bhp 2.0-litre petrol; and 220bhp turbo for the ST version.
The SAV showcases Ford’s new look, with a sleek and sporty profile, full body panels and eye-catching details.
Based on C1+ platform, a stretched version of the new Focus chassis, with front and all-wheel drive.