AUTOS: Ford Reveals High-Tech Concept -

AUTOS: Ford Reveals High-Tech Concept

Hybrid sports coupe readied for Frankfurt Motor Show with telematics connectivity and four gullwing doors.

Ford has promised to unveil a new concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show on Sept. 13, and the Blue Oval today released the first images and details of it: the striking new Evos plug-in hybrid sports coupe.

Not only does the Evos point to a possible future front-drive Ford coupe, it also showcases the automaker's first truly global design language and a new vision for customer-focused and intuitive technologies.

The hope is that this new global design DNA, which is essentially another evolution of Ford's original "Kinetic" design theme, will provide the automaker's worldwide design teams with a common framework to guide the creation of new products and make the whole process more efficient.

Key features of the design include the fastback body, muscular haunches and sporty profile. This dramatic exterior also conceals a four-door, four-seat layout – Evos features two pairs of gullwing doors – and packages them in a sleek coupe-like body.

Overall measurements come in at 177 inches in length, 77 inches in width and a height of 53 inches. The wheelbase stands at 108 inches.

Connectivity is a strong theme behind the design of the Evos, Foird says. For example, the car can know its driver's habits and will automatically adapt handling, steering and engine controls to suit personal taste. Beyond this, the car's interface and telematics systems will be able to recognize the driver's work schedule and local traffic or weather conditions.

The connectivity can also help optimize the drivetrain, which in this case is a plug-in hybrid system matching a gasoline engine with an electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries. The car is smart enough to enhance performance and efficiency by selecting the optimum combination of powertrain modes for any given journey, switching from electric only or gas only modes when necessary, or perhaps using a combination of the two.

The powertrain would automatically "know" when to save energy and switch modes using information about the driver's predicted travel route and weather conditions. In this way, the overall driving range could be more than 500 miles on a single tank of gas and a full charge of the Evos' batteries.

Ford is keen to stress that you'll never see the Evos on the road, though many of its distinctive design features will feature on next-generation Blue Oval models including the Mondeo/Fusion/MKZ replacements and, possibly, the long-rumored three-door Focus.

01 Sep, 2011

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