Ford Sport Activity Vehicle Concept

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Look beyond the concept car wheels and tires and the gussied-up interior, and this latest variation on the monospace theme that is so popular in Europe is a good indicator of a real vehicle coming to a Ford showrooms in the not-too-distant future. Martin Smith, Ford of Europe's recently appointed chief designer, says: "This shows what we can do off of the next Mondeo platform. It is also a template for a more dynamic design language for Ford [of Europe] in the future." Other inside sources say that the SAV isn't just a template; it is a planned production model. Sized midway between a Mondeo and the current Galaxy minivan, the SAV features three rear seats that can be reconfigured at the touch of a button. Using electric motors, the middle seat slides rearward into a central location. It sits between integrated, fitted luggage trolleys that provide built-in armrests for the third-row passenger, although luggage space is nothing to write home about. The two outer seats then shift inward slightly for more elbow room. Smith thinks something like this could sell in the U.S., but we have a feeling that you'll be a lot more likely to see one in a European Ford showroom.

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