Ford Evos

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FRONT 3/4 VIEW

1. Top of rear fender is defined by an elegant, hard-edged profile related to the wheel opening.

2. These curious appendages are too small to be functional mirrors and are unnecessarily large for video cameras but are certainly swoopy science-fiction forms.

3. Sharp top of the front fender starts above the headlamps, then fades before the base of the "rear viewing elements" that spring from the window trim.

4. Vaguely related to recent Fords, this taut, six-sided grille opening is by far the nicest Ford grille in many -- too many -- years. The thin chrome surround is beautifully understated, rare on Fords of any kind.

5. Bangle-ing gone wild: a concave scoop partially filled with a convex surface providing the upper and rear limits of an air inlet on the front corner, with all surfaces nicely resolved.

6. This slitlike headlamp opening for the LED lights is simple and elegant, and it fits the composition of the front end very well. Note that the aft end helps define the front fender bulge.

7. The aluminum wheels of the concept car are at once too big in diameter and too delicate in their detailing. I suspect that the production wheels will look better.

8. This kink in the sill allows the bottom edge of the front door to be lower and provides more visual interest to the body side, although it is unnecessary.

9. Still more Bangle-ry in this sharp-edged boom in the body side, a convexity within a concavity, all beautifully shaped to give a sense of linearity and thrust.

10. This essentially straight rib is very subtly bowed upward, providing panel stiffening and visual length to what is, after all, a rather stumpy body.

INTERIOR VIEW

11. These slim seats show up in concept car after concept car, but we never seem to get them in mass production. Someday, maybe.

12. The idea of making the driver's seat special, with either a different form or a different color, isn't new -- think 1991 Chrysler 300 concept -- and it really should happen. Someday, maybe.

13. Sculpted, welcoming rear seats are sometimes seen in very expensive cars, but there is no good reason not to have them in everyday cars, too. Someday, maybe.

REAR 3/4 VIEW

14. Come on, guys. Cars like this aren't going racing. It's time to forget about 1950s racing gas caps. Especially in bright metal.

15. Making a big deal out of the exhaust outlet works to provide interest without excessive detailing on the rear face of the body.

16. This crisp edge allows the section just above it to suggest a longer tail than is actually there. Note that there are six horizontal changes from concavity to convexity from where the roof ends to where the lower bumper section turns under.

17. Relatively small taillights make good use of LED lights nestled in their triangular cove.

18. What appear to be outlets for rear radiators, 1983 Ford Probe IV concept-style, are probably just decoration but help break up the tall rear surfaces.

19. This area recapitulates the convex-within-concave surface treatment seen on the lower front corners of the body.

20. The most notable fault in the profile of the Evos lies in these two bends in the window trim. The forward bend is a couple millimeters higher than it should be and is thus too subtle, and the rear one is a bit too abrupt. One Ford designer agrees with this opinion but was overruled. That's life in a studio.

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