Crossover-style wagons that are more rugged and practical have become increasingly popular and according to the latest rumor flying around the mill the second largest US automaker has caught wind.
The Blue Oval brand is reportedly mulling the introduction of three such models (made popular by the Cross Country from Volvo and Allroad versions from Audi) over the next three years. We don’t know yet which nameplates would get the rugged wagon treatment but chances are the Focus and Mondeo Estate versions would be safe bets. The Focus would then face off against the Skoda Octavia Scout and the Mondeo would take the fight to the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack. Ford Europe Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Barb Samardzich has also hinted the third model is not necessarily an actual wagon: “You could even include vehicles you might not think about doing it to, like the Fiesta. You put some black cladding in the right spots, roofrack it, and get it looking a lot more active.”
If you’re unwilling to take an off-road happy Fiesta serious you should think for a moment: for example Volvo recently introduced the S60 Cross Country version during the 2015 New York Auto Show packing plastic body cladding, faux skid plates, and a revised suspension with an additional 2.5 inches of ground clearance. And even no-frills brands have such models – take the Dacia Sandero Stepway which is highly popular across Europe.