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Old 02-10-2002, 19:47   #1 (permalink)
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Ford Cross Trainer

What do you think of the recently announced Ford Cross Trainer. I know this is only an artist impression but do you think our project RAPTOR (E265) might look something like this?

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Old 02-10-2002, 19:52   #2 (permalink)
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It looks like a mixture of Escape and Explorer.
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I like it.
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Old 02-10-2002, 20:20   #4 (permalink)
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I thought Raptor was R5 Falcon ute from SMS but 4WD? What sort of a name is "Cross Trainer", sounds like a sandshoe!
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I thought Raptor was R5 Falcon ute from SMS but 4WD? What sort of a name is "Cross Trainer", sounds like a sandshoe!
I thought for a minute that Ford were releasing some shoes.:crazy1: :dead: :s6:
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WOW, LOOKS good!

Dunno about the name tho :\
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Old 02-10-2002, 22:03   #7 (permalink)
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Source: just-auto.com editorial team
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Several thousand Ford Chicago assembly workers probably issued a collective sigh of relief as they were told at the Windy City's motor show that they will build a new SUV/car cross - the CrossTrainer - in 2004 in place of the current Taurus.

The three-row, seven-seat vehicle comes not a moment too soon for Ford as it will target the likes of Honda's recently launched Pilot in a developing sector of the SUV market.

"The CrossTrainer combines the best attributes of a sedan and sport utility providing room for up to seven passengers and their cargo,” Ford Motor president and chief operating officerScheele said. “The Chicago Assembly Plant has a reputation as one of our highest quality, most efficient plants and when we introduce the new CrossTrainer, it also will become a benchmark in our new flexible manufacturing system.”
The Cross Trainer is Fords US cross-over vehicle. That is a sedan based AWD reborn station wagon. The Raptor is Australia's.

It is thought that Raptor will not share any body panels with the Falcon and definetly wasn't what R5 was about. R5 did however showcase what sort of thing could be done with the Raptor AWD drivetrain - sharing components with the Falcon range.

I certainly wouldn't mind if Raptor shared some DNA with this thing, looks good IMHO.

Raptor a better bloody development name though.
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Old 02-10-2002, 23:09   #8 (permalink)
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yeah looks good but i hope the raptor would look a bit more modern than that
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Hey,

Not a fan of 4WDs, but I like the look of that one. Now all thats needed is a body-drop (channelling to the older guys) and a set of hydros and that will be rather cool.

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You notice there's no mention of where the Cross-Trainer was developed...
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