The new product will be created based on the popular Amarok pickup trucks and Ranger. The project received the code name “Cyclone”.
Volkswagen and Ford plan to release a frame SUVs based on pickups Amarok and Ranger of the new generation. This writes the portal of the Argentine Autoblog, adding that “passenger” versions already have an internal index, and the models themselves will be sold in five – and seven-seat versions. Their main competitors have now called Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Recall that Volkswagen has tried to create a three-row body-on-frame SUV is based on the first-generation Amarok, but to serial incarnations it never came. In the South American and Asian markets, this model would be very difficult to compete with the Tiguan AllSpace, and in Europe, the new SUV would not pass environmental standards.
Cooperation with the American company Ford helped the Germans to return to the once initiated project. Brands can create a global model, which will have all chances to become profitable.
The sides plan to organize joint production of SUVs and pickups, and you can also expect to save on the chassis. For the same Ford the creation of a “passenger” versions of the Ranger pickup truck will be far from the first experience. The company already has a body-on-frame Everest SUV for the Australian, South American and Asian markets. Currently, about future frame SUVs from Ford and Volkswagen are little known. The project is codenamed “Cyclone” and the issue of “splattermania” will establish in Argentina.
We will remind, on cooperation between the two automakers became known in January 2019. The parties had agreed that American specialists will be engaged in the development and production of mid-size pickups and large vans (for himself and German partners). Volkswagen will take on the creation of the city of van. The company also will share best practices in the field of production of electric cars and Autonomous cars. So, Ford is allowed to work with “electric” modular platform MEB. The first car created by the new Alliance, will appear on sale not earlier than 2022. Experts do not exclude that among the novelties there will be new SUVs.