Source: just-auto.com editorial team
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.