Ford's latest concept, the Evos, is a clear indication of where the automaker sees itself in the near future in terms of design and technology.
We've known for a while that Ford was planning on revealing a new coupe-like concept at next month's Frankfurt Auto Show. And now, the American automaker has released official photos and details about what it calls "the ultimate expression of their new global design and technology vision." The Evos Concept showcases Ford's first "truly global design language and a new vision for customer-focused and intuitive technologies." But more importantly, the Evos is more than just a design study.
According to Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development, "the Evos unites three key elements of the One Ford strategy: outstanding design, smart technologies and fuel economy leadership." The overall idea, however, is to give a clear message as to where Ford design is heading. Under the hood lies a state-of-the-art lithium-ion plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain that provides the same performance and fuel-economy as the C-Max Energi that's scheduled to launch in the U.S. in 2012 and for Europe in 2013. But back to the design, which we think is quite stunning...
J May, Ford's vice president for Design, says that his team wanted to "create a more technical design vocabulary to help communicate the smart technology...and worked hard on meeting the high-expectations of a new generation of buyers." Described as a "dramatic fastback design," the Evos has a four-door, four-seat layout with a sleek silhouette and dramatic proportions that creates a powerful, sporting stance. The A-pillars are set further to the rear in order create the impression of a classic GT car, but with a more contemporary feel.
And just to add more to its futuristic vision, there are hinged gullwing doors, both front and rear. The interior has clean and simple surfaces with its slim upper instrument panel enhanced by bold trapezoid cut-outs. Overall, Ford wants the Evos concept to be a driver's car, both inside and out. Look for the Evos to make its live debut at Frankfurt in just a couple of more weeks.