There was a para or 2 about this vehicle in the UK mag Autocar.
Supposedly the (un-named) designer claims the inspiration for the grille comes from the bonnet bulge of his own Falcon XR8.
I'm not sure how a grille can be inspired by a bonnet bulge, and I can't see any resemblance myself. But it implies the Equator was a Ford Australia effort, unless someone in Detroit's running around in one of these:
Brings a tear to my eye, good ol Ford Australia! I can see what he means, and its there, just look at how the bonnet buldge goes, although not similar to the actual concept, the idea is similar (god thats confusing)! I say put bonnet buldges on the rest of the V8 Ford linup! Like a V8 signature for Ford models...
This is a joke.... it looks old already.... nice details, patheticly outdated shape. The Ford Edge looks about 10 years newer than this.... oh wait, that's because it is. It reminds me of when I see 2 gen old Accords with nice aftermarket halogens head/taillamps and decent body kits. The escape looked old when it was new. Why bother with this? Oh, because Ford is cheap, strapped for cash and shortsighted with their investments.