Thursday, 19 September 2013

Ford Evos

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The Ford Evos wears two hats. Its most prominent headgear signifies its existence as a concept car: that immediately jarring, overtly outlandish aesthetic that says 'weird futurey thing' to the man on the street. But the second, more subtle hat - the modest beret beneath the stetson - speaks of its relevance to Ford's current model line-up. That grille? It's everywhere these days. That steering wheel looks production-ready. And so on.

Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the Evos is a plug-in hybrid concept, and represents the sort of crossover between grand tourers, coupés and MPVs that Giugaro's Parkour heralded (let's not talk about the grim BMW X6, there's no need for that), and Audi have since pinched for their Nanuk concept. It has four gullwing doors - it looks like a two-door, but the rear doors and the rear wings are one and the same - and the driver-focused drivetrain is highlighted by a bright red seat behind the wheel. And the hook of that drivetrain? It's not like a run-of-the-mill hybrid... its motor runs on the Atkinson cycle rather than the Otto cycle, meaning that suck-squeeze-bang-blow is taken care of by a single turn of the crank. Interesting.

SSBB spotted the Evos at Salon Privé 2013 - click here for more photos.

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