Matthew Jones31 August 2011

Ford Evos concept revealed

Snazzy exemplar of Ford’s new design language revealed ahead of Frankfurt.

Pay attention, internet. This fastback four-door has been built as an early example of Ford's new design after its current crop of Kinetic-themed cars are consigned to history.

Alas, it won't reach production. And it resolutely isn't the new Capri, despite some internet correspondents wishing it was. It does, however, allow us some early theorising on the look of the manufacturer's international output over the next five years.

See more pics of the Evos concept here


One thought: more of the same with some added Citroen? The inverted trapezoidal front grille thing, which is hangs off the front of Fiestas and Focii has been hoiked higher up, the blue oval's a bit smaller, and the lights are thinner. Though we're not holding our breath for a begullwinged C-Max.

Ford's been pretty vocal about its use of technology since last year's Paris Motor Show, and its researchers have been busy since. There's something called "driver wellness", which monitors the pilot's heart rate through the seat and adjusts the driving experience accordingly.

There's also lots of talk of cloud-connected lifestyles. This new, fancypants tech plumbs into all of your iThings, local news networks and your driving habits to provide "a personalised and seamless experience as the driver transitions in and out of the car."

Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president of Ford Research and Innovation, says: "The car gets to know you and can act as a personal assistant to handle some of the usual routines of a daily commute. It could automatically play the same music or news program that was just streaming at home, or heat or cool the interior to an ideal temperature before the driver gets in without having to be requested by predicting departure time based on his calendar."

How long we'll have to wait for this to reach production remains to be seen, though...

Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development, adds: "With its compelling design and innovative technology experience, this is a clear demonstration of the exciting vision we have for the Ford brand. While you will never see this car on the road, the next generation of Ford products around the world will display many of the distinctive design ideas and advanced technologies it showcases."

We'll find out more about it once it's been launched officially at this year's Frankfurt show.

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