Goodbye, sedans and good old station wagons: Ford has long announced that it will say goodbye to the Mondeo. It’s a shame – but it’s our fault because we only buy SUVs. At Auto China in Shanghai, Ford is showing what comes next: a crossover named Evos.
And it aims in the same direction as the old Citroën C5 that was unveiled recently: Since sedans and station wagons are no longer worthy of separately and customers want the appearance of the SUV and the height of the seat, the Evos is replacing everything at the same time. Thus, with its sloping roofline, elegantly retractable door handles and wheels measuring up to 19 inches, it falls somewhere between an all-terrain vehicle and an SUV hatchback.
Giant screen inside
Evos Developed in China – and is being built on site for China by partner Changan. Inside, the Evos is truly a matter of a future for digitally-enthusiastic customers in the Red Giant Empire’s booming auto market: The 1.1-meter-wide XXL consists of a 12.3-inch cockpit screen and a 27-inch 4K touchscreen. The infotainment system includes “Sync + 2.0” from Ford and, in China, help from rival Google, Baidu. Updates go over the air as well as partially autonomous according to Tier 2 and like V2X (Vehicle Environment) connectivity, for example for hazard warnings.
The technology is largely open
Ford is more economical with technical details than information on the “smart cabin”. For the length we guess 4.80 meters. It will likely start with electric plug-in hybrid drives and lightweight hybrid gasoline engines. With us later – and then from European factories – there will also likely be Evos with a diesel engine. It is unclear if an all-wheel drive and electric version along the lines of the Mustang Mach-E have been planned.
Officially, it is said, by the way, that the Evos is only intended for China – but industry talks and a “global car” strategy put in place at Ford make it seem more or less certain: After the modifications, the domestic variant is likely to shift to in mid to late 2022. Mondeo was created in 1993 and will retire in the spring of 2022.
Publish date: 20/04/2021 at 5:57 pm
Last update: April 20, 2021, 8:02 pm