Ford Vertrek Concept Vehicle Debuts that the 2011 North American International Auto Show
JAN
10

The Ford Vertrek provides a glimpse of the Ford vision for a sleeker, sportier and more stylish compact sport utility vehicle (SUV). The Vertrek was debuted at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. It is a concept vehicle based on the Ford global C-segment platform, which includes the all-new Ford Focus range launching early in 2011 in North America and Europe, plus the latest C-MAX multi-activity vehicles.

“Vertrek concept is a no-compromise solution we feel utility vehicle customers will embrace around the world,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Group Vice President of Global Product Development. “It is a revolution compared to what is typically seen in this segment in North America and is a stylish evolution compared with products outside North America. This new design is sleeker and more fuel efficient and delivers the capability, including people and cargo volume, customers demand globally.”

The Ford Vertrek concept combines the best of the distinctive Ford European kinetic design styling and driving quality with outstanding levels of cargo space, trailer-tow and off-road capability for North America, promising a vehicle that meets the needs of next-generation compact utility vehicle customers around the world.

The sleek appearance of the Ford Vertrek concept has been honed aerodynamically to help support the program target of class-leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions and complement the high-tech powertrain solutions Ford envisions.

Ford preliminary data show that a production vehicle based around the Vertrek concept would be at least 5 percent more aerodynamically efficient than current comparable Ford North American and European models, such as the Escape and Kuga.

The new Ford global C-segment platform allows for the efficient creation of vehicles that address consumer tastes around the world. At least 10 new models will be built on this platform, which replaces three platforms currently in production regionally. By 2012, the new platform will account for more than 2 million units of sales, providing Ford with unprecedented economies of scale and an opportunity to offer customers around the world an array of new technologies and product features usually reserved for premium vehicles.

The compact sport utility vehicle segment is one of the largest (consistently in the top five), most competitive and fastest growing segments – more than doubling in market share since 2000 – in the U.S. It also ranks among the top four most cross-shopped segments in the U.S. It is a segment that Ford helped pioneer with the popular Escape model.

The sporty, sleek Ford Vertrek concept builds on the Ford global kinetic design philosophy. This distinctive and continually evolving design language is rooted in creating cars that appear to be in motion even when stationary, while at the same time communicating the engaging driving experience that Ford cars deliver.

The starting point is creating an athletic stance for the vehicle, almost like a runner in starting blocks poised and ready to burst forward. Other key elements include dynamic lines and taut surfacing, again conveying muscularity and athleticism.

Vertrek concept builds on these kinetic design fundamentals, underscoring its on-road characteristics and off-road capability.

The Ford Vertrek concept shows how the vision of a next-generation, fuel-efficient compact SUV could become reality by extending the reach of the company’s growing EcoBoost™ engine and advanced turbo diesel common-rail direct-injection (TDCi) engine families while introducing Ford Auto Start-Stop technology.

EcoBoost is fundamental to the Ford strategy to provide technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains that deliver uncompromised performance and fuel economy. Ford EcoBoost engines deliver fuel economy gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with larger, less-efficient engines.

In addition to turbocharging with direct injection, Ford powertrain engineers have enhanced EcoBoost’s technology capabilities by adding variable valve timing and precisely controlling all aspects of the engine. Ford has at least 125 patents on its EcoBoost technology.

Ford Vertrek concept features the highly efficient 1.6-liter four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine, giving the vehicle the power of a larger engine yet delivering significantly better fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

By 2013, 80 percent of Ford’s global nameplates and 90 percent of Ford North American nameplates will have an EcoBoost option.

Another key enabler of enhanced fuel efficiency is the Ford Auto Start-Stop system. This system automatically shuts down the engine when the vehicle is at idle – at a stoplight, for example – and quickly restarts the engine when the driver wants to move off. Click here to read more about Ford Auto Start-Stop system on theFordStory.com.

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Tim Law I'll take one today. I know it is a concept but it is AWESOME!!! Let's GO!!
3 year(s) ago via
S. Ray Looks like all the other cross-overs not an real SUV. Utility of SUV is being lost. Cargo space is still important.
3 year(s) ago via
JP Jeffrey Reed The Escape is already offered in hybrid form and it will continue to be with the new model. Yes and hopefully there will be a plug in option like the C-Max. More Good News from Ford. =)
3 year(s) ago via
Jim Grove Did you hire VW to come up with an inappropriate name? \"Vertrek\"?! Why not just call it Edsel if you\'re looking for a bad name!
3 year(s) ago via
Russ David Beckner Love the look, but it needs serious hauling space, or it's just another tall, 4 door sedan. When I traded in my 12 yr. old Windstar, Escape was the only option with a fold flat floor and wide hatch (& better MPG's). Edge & Flex didn't cut it with their tiny hatches (and their comparatively poor MPG's). My Escape (w/4 cylinder, manual 5 speed) gives me high MPG's, and I can actually pack in large stuff... when I have to. Keep the new style direction, but don't lose the utility. There are too many "tall sedans" now that have minimal utility.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sean Wouldn't it be nice if future models could achieve 70 MPG or higher and produce as little co2 as possible and yes I do want to see more electrics on the highway as possible plus it would be nice to see if Ford or other competitors could make electric cars with a range between 250 to 300 miles of range so less people don't have to worry about range anxiety and I do hope so that the price range can stay affordable as possible and a fast charging pace but in a way by not damaging the battery would you have to agree with me?
3 year(s) ago via
Addison Harlem Towing I like it.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kelby Ball so glad ima be there to see it to . i cant wait to see all the exciting new cars ford is going to have..
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dane Higbee By the way, a global Bronco would be great!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dane Higbee I'm disappointed! What happened to North American styling? The Explorer was styled in a North American fashion, not European. Europeans have great cars, its just that Ford is making everything European except for the trucks.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alexander Tang Time to figure out which organs I can sell...
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Hector Garcia Im holding onto my Escape until this one comes out in 2012!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jeffrey Reed The Escape is already offered in hybrid form and it will continue to be with the new model that is to be built at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant.
3 year(s) ago via
Casey Leigh Rauth I like it overall except for the car-like front end. Does every vehicle in the lineup really need to look the same up front? Give the SUVs and crossovers a beefier look.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Victor John yup that will be the next ford escape
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
James Prowalny New escape... YES
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marco This is a very nice looking concept, can't wait to hear more about it.
3 year(s) ago via
William Hawbold Another minivan? great.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kathy Kabara Schmidt Saw this in person yesterday at the employee and retirees preview show. WOW! Can't wait for it to in the showrooms!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Doug Diesel for the USA? Hope so with fuel prices projected to get to 5.00 per gallon in a 2 years.
3 year(s) ago via
Joe Young Looks like Ford was looking at Hyundai, Acura and Subaru too much. Come on guys!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Claire Dossin AHH saw this yesterday at the rehearsal press release, got to do everything but get inside it. My only complaint is: cameras as side mirrors instead of actual mirrors, but maybe they'll change that if/when they actually make it :] I'd totally drive it.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Konick Big improvement over the Escape. Nicely done.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stan Payne It better not run on gasoline.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Troy Luethe Offer it in hybrid form
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Erich Merkle Love the Vertrek concept!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Ridgway What plant is it going to be built at?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ronald Duke Gillingham Once again Ford finds itself on the cutting edge. Leading an American manufacturing resurgence with visionary leadership and some of the best / brightest union and non-union employees in the world!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Morris subaru tribeca anyone?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cree Griffin Make it eat corn and exhaust glade scented air
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
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