Ford is working on a new SUV for the Chinese car market, code named U375. It will be made in China by the Jiangling-Ford joint venture that also makes the Transit and will make the Ford Explorer and the Ford Transit Connect in the near future.
Renderings of the new SUV have leaked on the Chinese interwebs, showing a large vehicle about the size of the Ford Expedition. It is expected to hit the market in early 2015.
Reports in Chinese media say price will range from 300.000 to 450.000 yuan (48.000 to 73.000 USD). The Ford Expedition starts at 40.000 USD in the US. The reports also say the new SUV will be powered by a ‘Puma’ 3.5 liter turbodiesel with 225hp and 420nm.
The Expedition is powered by a 5.4 liter V8, which seems a much better engine for the Chinese market than a diesel, which are forbidden in most Chinese cities.
Rear lights rather hip. More as we get it!