Ford Evos previews possible Mondeo replacement

Debuting in China overnight, the Ford Evos could serve as the basis of a new crossover coupe to replace the Fusion and Mondeo.

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Meet the next step in the family sedan’s evolution.

Following in the footsteps of the Citroen C5 X, the new Ford Evos aims to replace a traditional large sedan with a crossover coupe-style vehicle.

Unveiled overnight at the 2021 Shanghai motor show, the Evos could preview a replacement for the Mondeo in Europe and Fusion in North America.

Production of the current Mondeo ends in Europe next year, while the Fusion has already ended its run.

Styled by the company’s studio in China, the Evos is said to marry the company’s new “Progressive Energy in Strength” design language with “Chinese aesthetics”.

The cabin is dominated by a large 1.1 metre-wide rectangular slab that stretches basically the entire wide of the car. It encompasses a 27-inch 2K touchscreen and a 12.3-inch instrumentation display ahead of the driver.

Equipped with V2X (vehicle-to-anything) communication capabilities and Level 2 autonomous driving functionality, the Evos can drive itself on “prequalified sections of divided highways”, known as Hands-Free Blue Zones, in China.

Other tech features include a virtual personal assistant and an infotainment system utilising an artificial intelligence system developed by the Chinese search engine Baidu.

Drivetrain details have yet to be revealed, but it’s believed the Evos rides on the CD4 architecture that underpins the most recent Mondeo and Fusion generations, as well as the S-Max and Galaxy people movers, and the Lincoln Nautilus crossover.

If the Evos does go on sale in Europe, it will likely be offered with hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.

By mid-2026 Ford will offer plug-in hybrid or full EV versions of each passenger car it sells in Europe.

It’s unclear whether the Evos name will be retained outside of China. There’s a chance automaker could stick with the legacy nameplates, as the 2011 Evos concept previewed the design for the then-upcoming Fusion/Mondeo twins.

Given that global models in Ford’s Chinese range often sport unique grille and tail-light designs, there’s also the distinct possibility the Evos will have a more familiar-looking design when it touches down in Europe and the US.

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