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News Ford Evos Looks Like a Great Fusion Replacement, But Will it Be?

Ford Evos Looks Like a Great Fusion Replacement, But Will it Be?

Ford brings back show car name for road-ready model

  • Evos designed by Ford of China, loaded with details and tech for that market

  • Shares a silhouette with Mach-E, but two are not related


The latest from Ford is the Evos, a vehicle that looks like the Mach-E with a new nose and tail, but is powered by a gas engine. It’s also designed specifically for China, and while it looks like it would be popular here, the official word is there are no plans to bring it just yet.

A mix of sedan and more traditional crossover, the Ford Evos is the first vehicle designed under what Ford calls its China 2.0 plan. That means new models designed to focus on electrification, modern tech, and an “upgraded consumer experience.”

The Evos was designed by a team based in China, blending the side profile of the Mustang Mach-E with a 3D parametric grille, and taillights that look like they’d be more at home on an Aston Martin than a Ford. All with a crossover-coupe-style roofline. Ford says that scale patterns and some of their distinctive elements are intended to integrate with Chinese aesthetics.

Ford EVOS | Photo: Ford

Inside is a massive screen running the width of the cabin, paired with a 12.3-inch digital dash that sits alongside it. It’s a 27-inch 4K screen that’s nestled into the instrument panel and equipped with Sync+ 2.0 with a new Ford UI and AI technology from Chinese tech giant Baidu. It has Ford’s first virtual assistant, with what Ford calls an “industry-first co-driver mode” that is meant to allow the front passenger to use the screen for their own tasks and watch entertainment. It sounds much like the Uconnect system in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, though beyond what Porsche offers.

Evos is intended to have on-demand subscription services with customised content and OTA upgrades. It will also have Ford BlueCruise Level 2 driver assist hands-off driving. Is it electric or gas? Ford didn’t say in the official release, but Ford’s US product communications head said on Twitter that it was the 2.0L Ecoboost four, like in the Bronco Sport or Escape. He also said that there are no current plans to offer it elsewhere. Of course, this looks pretty cool, and plans can always change.

 

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