Ford testing vehicles across Simpson Desert

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 06:58
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Just got back from a great trip across the Simpson WAA line.

We were going is the same direction (West) as a group of 5 vehicles as part of a Ford test for a new vehicle, presumably the Territory replacement. There were 3 LHD vehicles in camouflage that looked like the US Ford Explorer along with a support vehicle and a Prado.

While the group would not say much, they did confirm that two of the vehicles were diesel and the Prado was along for comparisons. Looks like Ford are set to enter the wagon 4wd market again.
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Reply By: Gronk - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 10:24

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 10:24
It would probably be the Everest.....Ranger clone.....and not a replacement for the Territory...although I think the sales from it WILL kill off the Territory..

Pity you didn't have pics ??
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Follow Up By: Dust-Devil - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 10:50

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 10:50
This one maybe????

Anticipated 2015 RHD Ford Everest

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Follow Up By: Member - Granty55 - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 11:26

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 11:26
There's been a vehicle crusing around the Geelong area, could only be classed as current model ranger front end, with a territory rear end, almost a cut and shut job! not really like the everest at all.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 11:57

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 11:57
That's what we saw dustdevil. Same camo too.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 13:04

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 13:04
This article explains that bitsa setup Granty.
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Follow Up By: Member - Granty55 - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 17:03

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 17:03
Thanks for that Bazooka, here's a pic of the vehicle I saw just last week and no it's not a photoshop image, it's the real thing!
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 10:38

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 10:38
"and the Prado was along for comparisons"

Well thats one way to make sure your offering looks comparatively good ;-)

Bob
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 22:05

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 22:05
Maybe the Prado was so they had something which would make it home safely from the desert. Sort of "in case of snake bite".
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:30

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:30
Basically the Ford Everest is a BT50 station wagon. - Another one.
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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 17:23

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 17:23
saw these vehicles at Innaminka on Sunday 29th
they had to wait for a mate amd I to move our vehicles to get to bowsers and we were at first a bit taken back when we realised the driver was waving from the LH seat.
very well camoflagued only the oval depression in the front grill at first indication . the give away was Ranger carrying the spare gerry cans.
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