► New Ford Evos SUV
► Could it be Mondeo replacement?
► Just for Chinese market, for now
Ford has unveiled the new Evos crossover at the 2021 Shanghai motor show – a model designed for the Chinese market, as the brand pushes its 'China 2.0' plan. If the name sounds familiar, Ford originally used it on a concept more than a decade ago.
But, more importantly, the reveal of the Evos could have implications for the long-running Mondeo in Europe, as the brand announced in March 2021 that the car would be phased out of the model range.
What do we know about the Evos?
It's a sharply-styled crossover with a full-width headlight design, classic Ford grille and a silhouette not dissimilar from the Mustang Mach-E. Inside, there's a massive display area consisting of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a properly wide 27-inch display allowing both the driver and the front passenger to interact with it simultaneously.
Ford also introduced BlueCruise with the Evos, a Level 2+ semi-autonomous system that permits hands-free driving in certain 'blue zones', complete with car-to-X technology that allows the Evos to communicate with the world around it.
What powers the Evos?
Ford neglected to go into detail about the Evos' powertrain, but given the brand is on a mission to introduce more hybrid and electric models, it makes sense for the Evos to at least be a hybrid.
Again, this could have implications for the European market, given its stringent fleet emissions regulations for manufacturers. Phasing out the slow-selling Mondeo is one thing, but offering an on-trend crossover in its place would make a lot of sense.
We'll update this story when we hear more.
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