So Ford's got a whole slew of new vehicles for hauling people and gear. They're all based on the same Mazda-derived platform, they're roughly the same size and capacity. There's one thing we know for sure, though: they're all-new, not like those tired, old, uncool cars of yester
That means they're not wagons [except when they are], SUV's [except when they are], or minivans [except when they--OK, that's another thing Ford wants you to agree on, that they're definitely not minivans]. There's the Mazda CX-7, marketed solely to people who haven't been an accident with an SUV as, "The SUV you never saw coming." It's compact, sporty, and cheap, and yet it has rear safety cameras so you don't back over the kid. [Actually, allcarsallthetime says the CX-7's a different platform. He also has pictures of a cargo ship bound for Vancouver with 4,700 Mazdas--including around 1,200 CX-7's--getting all sideways in the water. Check with your dealer before you take delivery, yo.]
The Mazda CX-9 is definitely a crossover, in the sense that it only looks like the CX-7, only bigger and luxer. As the name clearly indicates, the CX-9 accommodates 7 passengers, while the CX-7 takes only 5. Jalopnik just posted some spy-shots of a pre-production CX-9 in Orange County. Maybe they were testing the backup cameras in the Disneyland parking lot.
The Ford Edge is a non-minivan non-wagon due out this year as 2007 models. Ford calls the Edge a "CUV," aka a Crossover Utility Vehicle. From this rendering, I call it a Pacifica.
The Lincoln MKX, though, I'll call a Mark Ten, since my grandfather used to get a new Lincoln every year whether he needed it or not. It, too, is a CUV, but Jalopnik calls it a "car-based luxobox." How tall does something need to be before it stops being a wagon?