Could it replace the Fusion and Edge in the US?
We've known for months Ford was working on some sort of wagon-like crossover and here it is. Making its global debut at this year's Shanghai Auto Show is the Ford Evos, the first vehicle the automaker developed mostly in China. For now, the Evos is for China only but don't be surprised if it serves as a successor to the recently discontinued Ford Fusion and the overseas-only Mondeo. There have also been reports the Edge may be dropped once the current generation ages out.
The Evos could, theoretically, replace all these vehicles, providing Ford with a cost-effective solution (and something of a Subaru Outback rival). In any case, there's a lot to like about the five-door Evos, which Ford describes as a coupe-SUV.
There's a light bar above the "3D parametric style" front grille that connects the LED headlights and there are even pop-out door handles. We also like the two-tone body color and the black roof combination. The interior is quite something with a massively widescreen display (3.6-feet in total) stretching nearly the entire length of the dashboard. It includes a 12.3-inch digital cluster and a 27-inch 4k touchscreen surrounded by a stitched instrument panel.
The infotainment system utilizes Sync+ 2.0 with Baidu's AI technology. Like the Mustang Mach-E and new F-150, the Evos supports over-the-air software updates. The just-revealed BlueCruise Level 2 driver-assist tech is also part of the package.
What's under the hood, oddly enough, has not been revealed, though the Evos is definitely not a pure battery-electric but rather a plug-in hybrid. The single image of a plug port above the left front wheel supports this. It's very clear there's a radiator behind the grille, too. Another mystery is the platform. Ford hasn't mentioned anything but we'd be surprised if the Evos rides on an all-new architecture.
If the name Evos sounds familiar to you, then you're right. Back in 2011, it was used for a concept that previewed the styling direction for the current sixth-generation Mustang. Bringing the new Evos to markets outside of China sounds like a smart idea and, assuming it has all-wheel drive, could find plenty of buyers in our neck of the woods.