I guess the SUV craze still isn't over yet. At least the trend seems to be going away from the behemoths (Tahoe, Expedition, Navigator, etc.) and more toward small, nimble, car based utes that have lots of utility and don't hog the road and get 10 mpg.An SUV For Urban Lifestyles
The Ford Faction concept, making its world debut at the 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show, is a tough, yet fashionable three-door SUV with all-wheel drive, novel utility and multimedia features, plus a refined interior for American urbanites who know and appreciate European-influenced materials.
This is a concept vehicle with the honest, genuine appearance of a Ford, specifically created for people who live in the middle of the action – hence the name Faction. It’s for city drivers who haul friends and gear, and who need to maneuver quickly through crowded streets. When parking becomes a precision sport, the Faction concept can be squeezed into tight spots with the help of City Eye, a camera system that provides a view of directly behind the vehicle.
As the first automotive design from Ford’s new Ingeni studio in London, the Faction concept shows what happens when people living in the heart of the a crowded, urban landscape set out to create a car to suit their lifestyle.
"The Faction is designed for – and by – the lifestyle generation," says Kris Tomasson, chief designer at Ingeni. "These are people with active, diverse lives who want a vehicle that’s functional, nimble and stylized."
The interior layout follows the philosophy of uncluttered, functional simplicity. The whole rear section of the roof is a glass panel, which gives a feeling of openness to the inside. When more cargo room is needed, the rear bench seat can be lowered with a single-switch retraction system. Additional functionality comes from a unique storage tray that slides in and out of the cargo area and can be used right-side up or up-side down, depending on package and luggage needs.
Although Faction concept drivers rarely venture off the paved streets of their urban environment, they have the capability to visit more rugged terrain should they desire. The vehicle has a permanent all-wheel-drive system, with traction and braking control and disc brakes on all four wheels, providing enhanced capability for wet or snowy road conditions.
Faction concept has been engineered for a responsive driving experience. It borrows its Duratec ST engine from the European Focus ST170, an uprated version of the standard 2.0-liter Focus powerplant that delivers 167 horsepower and 143 foot-pounds of torque.[/b]