The stunning Ford Evos concept car that shows off the Blue Oval's global design language has made a surprise guest appearance at the 2012 Sydney motor show.
The Evos was first show at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show and shares a stand in Sydney with one of the first Ford models its styling previewed the design for - the new Ford Mondeo.
At 4.5 metres, the Evos is about the length of a Mazda3 but is nearly two metres wide and sits only 1360mm high. Its most striking features are the four doors that open vertically.
Ford hasn't given an official name to its new design language, saying it's simply an evolution of its successful Kinetic styling. The Kinetic language can still be seen in the Evos's trapezoidal grille and sharp lines.
Under the bonnet is a plug-in hybrid drivetrain from the Ford C-Max Energi and related to what will also become available in the Ford Mondeo medium car down the track.
The Ford Evos also demonstrates the company's future thinking on in-car connectivity, based around cloud connectivity. It says it will build upon the Sync voice-activated infotainment system that's recently made its way to Australia, initially in the Ford Focus small car range.
"Just as the outside of the Evos represents the future, so does the tech inside it," said Christopher Svensson, design director for Ford Asia-Pacific and Africa.
"The goal with Evos was to focus on enriching a customer’s every experience with their vehicle – both outside and inside. There was a strong focus on personalising it, adapting it, and creating unique, unexpected features that surprise and delight them.”