Having a third row that is only big enough for kids or very small humans, is OK. In fact, you can often make them 3 wide. Kids love sitting back there away from adults, in their own little area. You would need to allow 2nd row to adjust forward a bit. But I do not think they should change dimensions of the Escape.
Looks more like a raised rebodied compact Focus than an actual subcompact.
The underrated EcoSport (and the Renegade) on the other hand are probably the two most capable B-segment SUVs.
A 7-seater Edge might be too close to the Explorer in the North American market. In China it's normal for them to have overlapping models.
With the next Explorer in a RWD architecture, a FWD 7 seats Edge must be welcome in a USA avid for SUVs/crossovers.
The next Escape/Kuga needs to replace the current one and the next-to-die C-Max. This "small" prototype could be the replacement for the C-Max... The question is if the C-Max replacement is the "small Bronco" (Maverick) or other vehicle
If anything the Edge would gain an extra 2 seats before this does.
just.to.be.clear - in CHINA, the Edge already offers this^that 3-row version
( btw, that might be the best pic I've seen of one )
imho, this camo-ette looks near-exactly like
-- the Focus-based Fiesta-replacement I've been speculating about OR
-- a bargain-basement active-variant of the Maverick (whatever that actually is) assuming those can't be one-&-the-same//under their skin
Wonder if this comparo by 'akirby' @BON is visible to "non-BONers"? ....RSVPlease
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I also think this is a Fiesta crossover. The Ecosport is too small and should be viewed as a Ka/Figo crossover.
The vehicle in the pictures above seems to sit in between the Ecosport and the Escape, just like the Fiesta with respect to the Ka and the Focus.
Besides, rumors indicate the next generation Ka/Aspire/Ecosport is going to use the "Mahindra platform", so a "CrossFiesta" should appear within the C2 platform, if the Fiesta is eventually going that way too.
The car shown here is the new Skoda Kamiq (VW T-Cross) and it looks to be the size of this new Ford.