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Ford SUVs Through the Years


A Pictorial Glimpse of Ford SUVs Through the Years

Ford has manufactured trucks since 1908, starting with the Ford Model TT, then the Model AA, and subsequently the Model BB. Countries where Ford produced commercial vehicles are or were in the past delivered include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada (also branded as Mercury), France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain (branded Ebro as well), Turkey, UK (also branded Fordson and Thames) and USA.

The Ford F-Series comprises of light and medium duty trucks (Class 2-7) that have been created and marketed by Ford Motor Company since 1948. While most variations of the F-Series vehicles are full-size pickups, the F-Series likewise incorporates commercial vehicles and chasis cab trucks.

The most popular form of the F-Series is the Ford F-150, manufactured over thirteen generations. Since 1981, It has been the top rated vehicle in the United States and the best selling pickup since 1977. It is additionally the the best selling Canadian pickup. See the book, Ford F-100/F-150 Pickup 1953 to 1996: America s Best-Selling Truck by Robert Ackerson

To bridge the gap between pickups and medium-duty trucks, the F-250 and F-350 were separately redesigned in 1999 with the announcement of the Ford Super Duty series. At present, the F-Series is made up of the F-150, Super Duty (F-250 through F-550), F-650 and the F-750 Super Duty medium-duty Ford commercial trucks.

By rebadging, the F-Series is sold through each of the Ford Motor Company three divisions in North America. The Mercury M-Series was marketed in Canada from 1946 to 1968 because of the limited dealership organize in rural locations. The Lincoln Blackwood and Mark LT were rebadged renditions of the Ford F-150 marketed during the 2000s as Lincoln endeavored to market a luxury pickup truck.

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Ford Woodies

Ford Woodies

1933 Ford Woody
1933 Ford Woody
1935 Ford Woodie
1935 Ford Woodie
1936 Ford Woodie
1936 Ford Woodie
1937 Ford Woodie
1937 Ford Woodie
1938 Ford Woodie
1938 Ford Woodie
1939 Ford Woody
1939 Ford Woody
1939 Ford Woody
1939 Ford Woody
1940 Ford Marmon Herrington Wagon
1940 Ford Marmon Herrington Wagon
1941 Ford Woodie
1941 Ford Woodie
1942 Ford Woodie
1942 Ford Woodie
1946 Woody
1946 Ford Woody
1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertable
1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertable
1949 Ford Woodie
1949 Ford Woodie
1949 Ford Sportsman
1949 Ford Sportsman
1950 Ford Woodie
1950 Ford Woodie
1950 Ford Woodie Beach Boys
1950 Ford Woodie
1951 Ford Woodie
1951 Ford Woodie
1954 Ford Woodie
1954 Ford Woodie
1963 Ford Falcon Woodie
1963 Ford Falcon Woodie
1974 Ford Pinto Woodie
1974 Ford Pinto Woodie
As a variant of body-on-frame construction, the woodie as a utility vehicle or station wagon originated from the early practice of manufacturing the passenger compartment portion of a vehicle in hardwood. Woodies were popular in the United States and were produced as variants of sedans and convertibles as well as station wagons, from basic to luxury. They were typically manufactured as third-party conversions of regular vehicles. Other Woodies

Ford SUVs

Ford Bronco first generation (1966-1977)

1966 Ford Bronco Roadster
1966 Ford Bronco Roadster
1974 Ford Bronco
1974 Ford Bronco
1975 Ford Bronco
1975 Ford Bronco
1976 Ford Bronco
1976 Ford Bronco
1977 Ford Bronco
1977 Ford Bronco
The first-generation Bronco is built from (1966-1977)upon a chassis developed specifically for the model range, shared with no other Ford or Lincoln-Mercury vehicle. Built on a 92-inch wheelbase (sized between the CJ-5 and Scout; only an inch shorter than the later CJ-7), the Bronco used box-section body-on-frame construction. The Ford Bronco II is a two-door compact-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was manufactured by Ford from 1983 to 1990. The original Bronco was based on its own chassis, the Bronco II used a shortened Ford Ranger platform, allowing for mechanical and structural commonality. Following the shift of the Bronco to the full-sized F-Series truck platform in 1978, the Bronco II was marketed as a compact SUV.

Ford Bronco 2nd to 5th generation (1978-1996)

1978 Ford Bronco
1978 Ford Bronco
1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT
1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT
1980 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT
1980 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT
1981 Ford Bronco XLT Celebrity
1981 Ford Bronco XLT Celebrity
1982 Ford Bronco XLT Lariat
1982 Ford Bronco XLT Lariat
1983 Ford Bronco
1983 Ford Bronco
1984 Ford Bronco
1984 Ford Bronco
1989 Ford Bronco
1989 Ford Bronco
1990 Ford Bronco
1990 Ford Bronco
1991 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer Edition
1991 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer Edition
1992 Ford Bronco XLT
1992 Ford Bronco XLT
1993 Ford Bronco
1993 Ford Bronco
1994 Ford Bronco XLT
1994 Ford Bronco XLT
1995 Ford Bronco
1995 Ford Bronco
1996 Ford Bronco
1996 Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco Sports utility vehicle (SUV) was produced and sold from 1966 to 1996, during five generations.

The Bronco was presented in 1966 as competition to small four-wheel-drive compact SUVs such as the Jeep CJ-5 and International Harvester Scout. It was built on its own platform. A major update in 1978 made the Bronco much larger, utilizing a shortened Ford F-Series truck chassis to rival both the comparably adapted Chevy K5 Blazer, along with the Dodge Ramcharger. Most Broncos typically had a Spare tire mounted on a swing carrier outside the rear door. Broncos were Manufactured at Ford's Truck Plant in Wayne, Michigan from 1966 to 1996. For the 1978 model year, the second-generation Bronco was introduced; to better compete with the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, Dodge Ramcharger, and Jeep Cherokee, the Bronco entered the full-size SUV segment. In place of a model-specific chassis, the Bronco was adapted directly from the Ford F-Series, becoming a shortened version of the F-100 4x4

Ford Bronco 6th generation (2021)

2021 Ford Bronco
2021 Ford Bronco
The 2021 Ford Bronco will be a mid-size SUV, adopting a four-door body for the first time. Built alongside the Ford Ranger at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan (home to the 1966-1996 Ford Bronco assembly), the Bronco is largely speculated to share a body-on-frame chassis with the Ford Ranger pickup and the Ford Everest mid-size SUV. It is likely that it will also share its powertrain with the Ranger. During the announcement of its return, Ford chief technical officer Raj Nair stated that the 2021 Bronco will be designed as a distinct model line, rather than a version of the Everest adapted for the United States and Canada

Ford Expedition (1997–present)

1997 Ford Expedition
1997 Ford Expedition
1998 Ford Expedition
1998 Ford Expedition
1999 Ford Expedition
1999 Ford Expedition
2000 Ford Expedition
2000 Ford Expedition
2001 Ford Expedition XLT
2001 Ford Expedition XLT
2002 Ford Expedition
2002 Ford Expedition
2010 Ford Expedition
2010 Ford Expedition
2011 Ford Expedition
2011 Ford Expedition
2012 Ford Expedition
2012 Ford Expedition
2013 Ford Expedition
2013 Ford Expedition
2015 Ford Expedition
2015 Ford Expedition
2016 Ford Expedition
2016 Ford Expedition
2017 Ford Expedition
2017 Ford Expedition
2018 Ford Expedition
2018 Ford Expedition
2019 Ford Expedition
2019 Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition is a Full-size SUV manufactured by Ford. Introduced for the 1997 model year as the successor of the Ford Bronco, the Expedition was the first full-size Ford SUV sold with a four-door body. For its entire production life, the Ford Expedition has been derived from the corresponding generation of the Ford F-150 in production, sharing some body and mechanical components.

Ford Excursion (1999-2005)

2005 Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer
2005 Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer
The Ford Excursion is a heavy duty (Class 2), extended-length sport utility vehicle that was produced by Ford for the North American market. Introduced for the 2000 model year, the Excursion remains the longest and heaviest SUV ever to enter mass production. Based upon the F-250 Super Duty pickup truck, the Excursion was developed as a competitor for the 2500-series Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL. The lowest-selling of Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln SUVs during its production, the Excursion was withdrawn after the 2005 model year (a short 2006 production run was made for Mexico). For the 2007 model year, Ford introduced the extended-length Expedition EL/MAX to match the Chevrolet Suburban in terms of size; while effectively replacing the Excursion,

Ford Explorer (1991-present)

The Ford Explorer is a range of SUVs manufactured by Ford Motor Company. Introduced in 1990 for the 1991 model year, it is currently in its fifth generation. Variants have also been marketed through the Lincoln-Mercury Division as the Mercury Mountaineer (1996-2010) and Lincoln Aviator (2002-2005). As with the Ford Ranger, it derives its name from a trim package used on the Ford F-Series (1968 to 1986). Alongside it

Ford Explorer generation 1 (1991-1994)

1991 Ford Explorer 1991 Ford Explorer
1992 Ford Explorer 1992 Ford Explorer
1993 Ford Explorer XLT 1993 Ford Explorer XLT
1994 Ford Explorer XLT 1994 Ford Explorer XLT
The Ford Explorer was introduced in March 1990 for the 1991 model year. To better compete against the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer and Jeep Cherokee mid-size sport-utility vehicles, Ford sought to replace the Ford Bronco II with a vehicle sized closer to its competitors. In an effort to attract family buyers, a four-door version was developed alongside the two-door (launched the same month as the four-door S-10 Blazer). As with the Ford Bronco II, the first-generation Ford Explorer shares its chassis and underpinnings with the first-generation Ford Ranger.

Ford Explorer generation 2 (1995-2001)

1995 Ford Explorer 1995 Ford Explorer
1996 Ford Explorer XLT 1996 Ford Explorer XLT
1997 Ford Explorer 1997 Ford Explorer
1998 Ford Explorer Limited 1998 Ford Explorer Limited
1999 Ford Explorer XL 1999 Ford Explorer XL
2000 Ford Explorer Limited 2000 Ford Explorer Limited
2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2001 Ford Explorer Sport
The second-generation Ford Explorer made its debut in late 1994 as a 1995 model. Retaining the same footprint as its predecessor, the 1995 Ford Explorer underwent extensive modifications to its chassis to improve its road manners. In an effort to better differentiate the model line from the Ford Ranger, Ford stylists redesigned the vehicle, giving the Explorer a model-specific exterior. As with its predecessor, the second generation was sold in both three-door and five-door configurations. Rear-wheel drive was standard, with four-wheel drive offered as an option.

Ford Explorer generation 3 (2002-2005)

2002 Ford Explorer XLS 2002 Ford Explorer XLS
2003 Ford Explorer XLT 2003 Ford Explorer XLT
2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
2005 Ford Explorer 2005 Ford Explorer
The third-generation Ford Explorer went on sale in January 2001 (as an early 2002 model). The U152 program began in 1995, with the final design being chosen in 1997 and frozen for production in February 1998, with development ending in 2000. The primary objective behind the third-generation Ford Explorer was to make the vehicle line more competitive in both domestic and export markets. Along with tuning the Explorer for higher-speed European driving, the Explorer was benchmarked to lead against the Lexus RX300 and the then-in-development Volkswagen Touareg.

Ford Explorer generation 4 (2006-2010)

2006 Ford Explorer XLT 2006 Ford Explorer XLT
2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
2008 Ford Explorer XLT 2008 Ford Explorer XLT
2009 Ford Explorer Limited 2009 Ford Explorer Limited
2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
The Ford Explorer and the Mercury Mountaineer were both updated for the 2006 model year on a new frame, produced by Magna International rather than Tower Automotive. Along with this new, stronger chassis, Ford updated the interior, redesigned the rear suspension and added power-folding third-row seats. Also, a tire pressure monitoring system and electronic stability control became standard equipment. Power running boards, like the ones from the Lincoln Navigator, were also made available on the Explorer and Mountaineer; the running boards lower to allow easier access when entering the vehicle, then retract upon door closure

Ford Explorer generation 5 (2011-2019)

2011 Ford Explorer XLT
2011 Ford Explorer XLT
2012 Ford Explorer XLT
2012 Ford Explorer XLT
2013 Ford Explorer Limited
2013 Ford Explorer Limited
2014 Ford Explorer Sport
2014 Ford Explorer Sport
2015 Ford Explorer XLT
2015 Ford Explorer XLT
2016 Stockton Police Department Ford Interceptor 2016 Stockton Police Department Ford Interceptor
2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer
2018 Ford Explorer XLT
2018 Ford Explorer XLT
2019 Ford Explorer
2019 Ford Explorer
The 5th generation 2011 Explorer bore similarity to the Explorer America concept's construction, and includes a unibody structure based on the D4 platform, a modified version of the D3 platform. The move from traditional SUV to crossover effectively vacated the midsize SUV segment for Ford until the sixth generation Bronco arrives in 2020

Ford Explorer generation 6 (2020-present)

2020 Ford Explorer Limited
2020 Ford Explorer Limited
2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Ford Explorer
The sixth-generation Ford Explorer officially debuted on January 9, 2019, ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The 2020 Ford Explorer is built on the new rear-wheel-drive based CD6 platform shared with the new Lincoln Aviator. A high-performance Ford Explorer ST model will also be offered. The turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four is the standard engine on the new Explorer, with 300 hp and 310 lb⋅ft of torque.

Mid Size SUV

Ford Freestyle (2005–2007)

2005 Ford Freestyle SEL
2005 Ford Freestyle SEL
2006 Ford Freestyle
2006 Ford Freestyle
2007 Ford Freestyle SEL
2007 Ford Freestyle SEL
2008 Ford Freestyle
2008 Ford Freestyle
The Ford Freestyle is a mid-size crossover utility vehicle that was sold by Ford from 2005 to 2009. Largely marketed as the successor to the Ford Taurus station wagon, the Freestyle was the CUV counterpart of the Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego four-door sedans. Sharing the Ford D3 platform with the Five Hundred and Montego, the Freestyle was produced with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations and six or seven-passenger seating. Following the return of the Ford Taurus for the 2008 model year, the Freestyle underwent a mid-cycle revision and was renamed the Ford Taurus X

Ford Edge (2007–present)

2007 Ford Edge
2007 Ford Edge
2008 Ford Edge SEL
2008 Ford Edge SEL
2009 Ford Edge
2009 Ford Edge
2010 Ford Edge Sport
2010 Ford Edge Sport
2011 Ford Edge
2011 Ford Edge
2012 Ford Edge SEL
2012 Ford Edge SEL
2013 Ford Edge Sport
2013 Ford Edge Sport
2014 Ford Edge Limited
2014 Ford Edge Limited
2015 Ford Edge
2015 Ford Edge
2016 Ford Edge
2016 Ford Edge
2017 Ford Edge Sport
2017 Ford Edge Sport
2018 Ford Edge
2018 Ford Edge
2019 Ford Edge ST
2019 Ford Edge ST
The Ford Edge is a mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by Ford Motor Company. The first generation Edge is based on the Ford CD3 platform shared with the first generation Ford Fusion, Mazda CX-9, first and second generation Mazda 6 and Lincoln MKX.

Ford Flex (2009–present)

2009 Ford Flex
2009 Ford Flex
2010 Ford Flex Limited
2010 Ford Flex Limited
2011 Ford Flex SEL
2011 Ford Flex SEL
2012 Ford Flex Limited
2012 Ford Flex Limited
2013 Ford Flex
2013 Ford Flex
2014 Ford Flex
2014 Ford Flex
2015 Ford Flex Limited
2015 Ford Flex Limited
2017 Ford Flex Limited
2017 Ford Flex Limited
2018 Ford Flex Limited
2018 Ford Flex Limited
2019 Ford Flex
2019 Ford Flex
The Ford Flex is a mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by the Ford Motor Company since the 2009 model year. The Flex supersedes the Ford Taurus X and Freestyle, sharing their drivetrains and using an updated platform. The Flex is manufactured alongside the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX mid-size CUVs at the Oakville Assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, where the first Flex manufactured at the beginning of June 2008.

Compact SUV

Ford Escape 3 generations (2001–present)

The Ford Escape is a compact crossover vehicle sold by Ford since 2000 over three generations. Ford released the original model in 2000 for the 2001 model year—a model jointly developed and released with Mazda of Japan—who took a lead in the engineering of the two models and sold their version as the Mazda Tribute. Although the Escape and Tribute share the same underpinnings constructed from the Ford CD2 platform (based on Mazda GF underpinnings), the only panels common to the two vehicles are the roof and floor pressings.

Ford Escape generation 1 (2001–2007)

2001 Ford Escape
2001 Ford Escape
2002 Ford Escape XLT
2002 Ford Escape XLT
2003 Ford Escape XLT
2003 Ford Escape XLT
2004 Ford Escape XLT
2004 Ford Escape XLT
2005 Ford Escape
2005 Ford Escape
2006 Ford Escape
2006 Ford Escape
2007 Ford Escape
2007 Ford Escape
The first generation of Ford Escape was released in 2000 for the 2001 model year. It was jointly developed with Mazda, in which Ford owned a controlling interest, and was released simultaneously with the Mazda Tribute. Ford and Mazda decided to offer a car-like, unibody design with a fully independent suspension and rack and pinion steering similar to the RAV4 and CR-V, the Escape

Ford Escape generation 2 (2008–2012)

2008 Ford Escape
2008 Ford Escape
2009 Ford Escape Limited
2009 Ford Escape Limited
2010 Ford Escape XLT
2010 Ford Escape XLT
2011 Ford Escape Limited
2011 Ford Escape Limited
2012 Ford Escape
2012 Ford Escape
The second generation Ford Escape debuted at the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show. The North American-market Escape and its Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner siblings were redesigned in order to stay competitive with other new compact SUVs, however most of the internals have been carried over for the 2008 model year. The Escape still uses the CD2 platform. Ford also included an electronic stability control system standard on the 2008 Escape

Ford Escape generation 3 (2013-2019)

2013 Ford Escape SEL
2013 Ford Escape SEL
2014 Ford Escape
2014 Ford Escape
2015 Ford Escape SE
2015 Ford Escape SE
2016 Ford Escape
2016 Ford Escape
2017 Ford Escape
2017 Ford Escape
2018 Ford Escape
2018 Ford Escape
2019 Ford Escape
2019 Ford Escape
The third generation was designed and rebadged by Ford of Europe alongside the largely identical European-market Ford Kuga. It was released to North American markets in 2012 for the 2013 model year. Other markets that previously used the "Escape" nameplate have switched to "Kuga" under the One Ford program, apart from the Middle East where it still carries the "Escape" name

Ford Escape generation 4 (2020-present)

2020 Ford Escape
2020 Ford Escape
The fourth generation Ford Escape made its official debut on April 2, 2019, scheduled to go sale in the third quarter of 2019 as a 2020 model. It will be built at the Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky. It will also serve as the next generation Ford Kuga for countries outside North America. In China, the fourth generation Escape has a slightly restyled front fascia compared to the North American version, and would be sold alongside the previous generation which was sold as the Ford Kuga

Ford Bronco II (1983-1990)

1983 Ford Bronco II
1983 Ford Bronco II
1984 Ford Bronco II
1984 Ford Bronco II
1985 Ford Bronco II
1985 Ford Bronco II
1986 Ford Bronco II
1986 Ford Bronco II
1987 Ford Bronco II XLT
1987 Ford Bronco II XLT
1988 Ford Bronco II
1988 Ford Bronco II
1989 Ford Bronco II
1989 Ford Bronco II
1990 Ford Bronco II
1990 Ford Bronco II
2017 Ford Bronco II Back
2017 Ford Bronco II Back
2017 Ford Bronco II
2017 Ford Bronco II
2017 Ford Troller T4
2017 Ford Troller T4
The Ford Bronco II is a two-door compact-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was manufactured by Ford from 1983 to 1990. The original Bronco was based on its own chassis, the Bronco II used a shortened Ford Ranger platform, allowing for mechanical and structural commonality. Following the shift of the Bronco to the full-sized F-Series truck platform in 1978, the Bronco II was marketed as a compact SUV.

Ford Vans / APVs

Ford Econoline (1961-present)

The first generation of the Ford Econoline made its debut on September 21, 1960. Introduced for the 1961 model year as a cargo van, pickup truck, and a passenger van (Station Bus/Club Wagon), the Econoline began development based on design sketches that were dated 1957. While introduced alongside the Chevrolet Corvair van for 1961, the Ford Econoline established many design precedents adopted by successive designs of American vans, including the Chevrolet Van and Dodge A100 (and the European Ford Transit). While remaining a forward-control vehicle, Ford adopted a mid-engine configuration. As the engine was placed between the front seats instead of behind the rear axle as on the Corvair, a larger rear door and flat load floor was created, allowing for additional load capacity. The first-generation Ford Econoline was produced from 1961 to 1967.

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