Late last year, Ford applied for a trademark in Europe centering around the “StormTrak” moniker which was discovered by the folks at AutoGuide. This happened to coincide with sightings of a mysterious Fusion based mule that appeared to be testing an upcoming lifted wagon-esque CUV that would bring the fight to the Audi Allroad as well as the Subaru Outback. A new rendering that has emerged from a newly minted StormTrak forum appears to offer a possible glimpse into what the rugged wagon could look like when it eventually makes its debut.
The front styling of the rendered vehicle appears to use cues from the smaller Ford Focus Active which did not make the trek to the U.S. due to the trade war that broke out between the U.S. and China not too long after Ford announced the now axed plan to bring it here. The side profile is very rugged, but it also has a subtle hint of athleticism including two creases that make their appearance in the upper and lower part of the doors. A set of sleek black rims helps add some contrast, while protective cladding helps protect the soft roader from damage on light trails. Sadly, the rendering does not give a detailed glimpse of the back, but the tiny bit of taillight that does peek out appears to suggest a very sporty motif for the rear fascia.
The rendering also leaves little to the imagination when it comes to the cabin. but look for the StormTrak to embody some of the features that have come to define the current Fusion/Mondeo including an ergonomically friendly design that also manages to cram in an impressive degree of luxury and usability. This would be on par with the Subaru Outback and its impressive arsenal of standard safety equipment, as well as the amenities wielded by the Allroad. Performance hardware is pure speculation at this point, but whatever appears under the hood of the StormTrak look for one or two turbocharged four cylinder engines to steal the show both for fuel economy’s sake, as well as providing the grunt needed to keep the StormTrak poised and confident when going through rough terrain.
it is currently unknown when the StormTrak will make its appearance, but considering that the project appears to be in the very early stages of development, it could make its appearance either in 2021 or perhaps in 2022.