Ford Evos Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

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  • Looks like: Ford's take on the Aston Martin Rapide
  • Defining characteristics: High-mounted grille, tiny headlights
  • Ridiculous features: Four gull-wing doors, information screens galore inside
  • Chances of being mass-produced: Not in this form, but expect design cues to grace future Fords

Ford likens the four-door Evos concept to the Iosis concept introduced at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. You’ll notice the Iosis’ influence on Ford cars you see today, like the new Focus and Fiesta. Near Detroit last week, chief designer J Mays (no relation to this writer) said to expect similar influence from the Evos.

“We got a lot of mileage out of Iosis as the precursor to what became Kinetic Design,” Mays said, referring to Ford’s current design ethos. “What we’re looking for is a design DNA that will take us through the next five years.”

Ford Evos Concept

Designed in Germany and built in Italy, the Evos is about as long as a compact car, but the sucker is wide. At 77 inches, it eclipses even the full-size Taurus. The thin lights and glass-bisected roof mirror Ford’s Vertrek crossover from last January’s Detroit auto show. Thin lights appear to be Mays’ latest inclination: “Headlamps have grown to absurd proportions,” he said. “They’ve become part of styling. [But] headlamps are technical.”

The Evos has an arsenal of sports-car cues. A trapezoidal Aston Martin-like grille sits just below the hood. Muscular fenders border spindlier wheels. Up front, horizontal side portals flatten the car’s stance. The Iosis’ vertical slats, cribbed later by the Fiesta, communicated height.

The Iosis and Evos do share gull-wing doors. The Evos goes one step further. When closed, the rear doors run clear out to the rear bumper and trunk lid — areas where an ordinary car has cut lines. It masks the door’s outline, so all you notice are the front ones. Among four-door cars that masquerade as coupes, the Evos fools best — but don’t bet on this making it to any production car.

Nor will much of the interior, we suspect. A thin rail flows from the instruments to the center console, with information screens across that rail and the driver’s door. The passenger side of the cabin looks pretty minimalist. The spindly center console clears up some space; we hope that suggests roomier cabins in future Ford models.

Being a concept car, the Evos carries a barrage of technology: a plug-in hybrid drivetrain from Ford’s C-Max Energi, health-monitoring seats that adapt to your current mood, and adaptive driving dynamics and entertainment through cloud-based driver information.

Mays promised design cues will grace Ford cars in four months, not four years. Will a production car with Evos DNA debut at January’s Detroit auto show? Mays wouldn’t say, but by our (very limited) math skills, his timeline ends sometime around a frigid January day in eastern Michigan. So stay tuned.

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Ford Evos Concept

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Comments 

arni

..HOLY CRAP!!!!...this is HOT HOT HOT...what a great concept!!!!...

Rich

I agree with arni! Put a Lincoln badge on this and sell it ASAP!!

Max Reid

Awesome design.
This type of car should be Hybrid / Plugin.

Then it could match Cadillac ULC / ELR.

Carson

It looks like something BMW would design which is a good thing. Ford is on the right track.

Awesome concept! Its tail lights is like an evolution of the ZX2s. This could be a preview of a Focus coupe using the front end of the Electric model. The coolest is the door, makes it futuristic!

Rich

Looking at the yellow one today makes me think this could be the next Mustang. It's got the right proportions and the side-window kink, similar to Mustangs past.

Time to dump the retro look and move way out ahead in design.

Mark

Ford would be crazy not produce this in some form very similar to the way it looks now. Ok...maybe with regular car doors...but other than that...hot!!!

houseofdiesel

This car is beatiful and should be sold as is as soon as possible. It would be the perfect flag ship to lead Ford past GM & Toyoya in the US and global markets. I hate Hybrids too, but the appeal of this machine can share a gas or diesel powered sibling and be a top seller in every market. No more Mustangs, Taurus', or Focus'. Something new and bold to make everyone happy and those choosing the hybrid option actually cool. Go for it and go big, give a 3 or 4 motor option, the designed system, a turbo 3 Cyl Diesel, an Ecoboost 4, and an Ecoboost 6 and make it the iconic family sports car of the century for pennies on the dollar of a 4 door Porche or Austin. Don't pass on it as you did the 427 or Mercury Messanger two concepts that could have saved Mercury and Lincoln.

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