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2003 Detroit Auto Show, Part I Page 2


 


2003 Ford Model U concept

2003 Ford Model U concept

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Ford Model U:This concept, the company says, takes up the heritage from the Model T and reinterprets it for the 21st century. The Model Uoffers SUV driving excitement that is affordable, but can grow with a customer's lifestyle and aspirations. It is designed for mass production, but has nearly infinite capacity for being personalized and upgraded,” according to early word.

 

2003 Ford Freestyle FX

2003 Ford Freestyle FX

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Ford Freestyle FX: This concept is a slightly veiled version of the Freestyle crossover wagon coming as a 2005 production vehicle. The production car will be an all-wheel-drive wagon with a four-door Five Hundred counterpart; the concept shares its 3.0-liter Duratec V-6 engine and three rows of seats for up to six passengers. The concept features a special roofline similar to that on the GMC Envoy XUV: at the push of a button the rear greenhouse automatically converts from a fully enclosed six-passenger sportwagon to a four-passenger utility vehicle capable of transporting cargo. 

 

2003 Dodge Durango concept

2003 Dodge Durango concept

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NEXT DURANGO FROM DODGE?

A Dodge concept to be revealed today in Detroit could draw out the shape of the next Durango SUV. The 2003 Dodge Durango HEMI RT Concept has, according to Dodge, “more style, more cargo room and more capability.” The shape is about 85 percent of what the next Durango will look like,
according to a release; the interior room is larger thanks to a three-inch stretch in wheelbase and height, a four and a half-inch stretch in width, and two more inches of width. Several main styling cues—including the upright grille—are borrowed from the full-size Ram pickups, but with creased sheetmetal, constant-radius curves, and clear-lens rear taillights. Inside, new details include a completely redesigned gauge cluster, various new cupholders and cubbies, and an available navigation system. Cargo capacity is up 15 percent, too, and Durango’s flat-folding rear seats carry over with a lower
loading floor.
The concept is powered by a 345-hp version of the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 mated to a heavy-duty five-speed automatic gearbox. Suspension is independent at all four corners (via a Watt’s linkage in back), and the steering is rack and pinion. On
the concept, ABS is standard and side curtain airbags extend to all three rows of seats. —Bengt Halvorson


 
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