With an almost Aston Martin look and feel about it, Ford has unveiled the Evos concept ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Dripping with sex appeal, Ford global product boss Derrick Kuzak says the car was created to show the three key elements of the automaker’s One Ford global product strategy: design, fuel economy leadership and smart technologies.
Powering the car is the same plug-in hybrid drivetrain that will soon be offered in the production C-MAX Energi, although it has been optimized using stored driver behavior and patterns to predict the driving route and destination and thereby adapt the fuel delivery to suit. Calling it a “cloud-optimized powertrain” Ford says the system would, “‘know’ when to save energy and switch modes, using information about the vehicle’s predicted travel route, any emission zone restrictions during the journey and current weather conditions.”
As for technology, the Evos is designed to deliver a “provide personalised and safe connection to the outside world in an enriching manner”. How this is done is by using next-generation of SYNC technology that Ford says is currently under development, allowing the car to tap-into the driver’s “personal cloud” of information, in order to deliver a custom experience. This, says Ford, would then allow the car to adapt the handling, steering and engine controls to the driver as well.
Finally, there’s the stunning design of this concept, which Ford says points towards the next-generation of its models. “We wanted the Ford Evos Concept to give a clear message about where Ford design is heading – shaping vehicles that are fun to drive, have a strong premium visual appeal, and above all, are stunningly beautiful,” said J Mays, group vice president, Design and chief creative officer.
Look for ore details with coverage from the Frankfurt Auto Show starting September 13th.