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Is this the car that’s killing off the Mondeo? Ford unveils Evos crossover in China

Ford has taken the wraps off its latest family car in China today in the wake of last month’s news that the Mondeo will be killed off in 2022.

The Evos, which was unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show on Monday, is a large family crossover with a tech-laden interior, loads of cabin space and a name that was previewed a decade ago.

It comes just weeks after the US car maker’s announcement that the Mondeo is due to end production for good next March due to dragging sales and a consumer shift to SUVs and electric models.

Is the Evos the car to fill a Mondeo-shaped whole in Ford’s range: This is the new Evos launched in Shanghai for the Chinese market – though reports suggest it will also come to Europe

Ford first showed the Evos concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show to signal its future global design language and how a coupe-inspired SUV-crossover with four-seats might look.

Fast forward a decade, and the signing of the Mondeo’s death warrant, and the Evos has come to fruition – though only, as it currently stands, for the Chinese market.

The attractive five-door crossover is a toned-down version of the concept under the same name, doing away with the bonkers clamshell-like door design but retaining similar proportions and a slightly hiked ride height.

While it’s not as SUV-like as the new Mustang Mach-E electric car, it does toe the line between conventional hatchback and high-riding sports utility vehicle.

Like the Mach-E, it features pop-out door handles for a sleeker look.

The Evos is a large family crossover with a tech-laden interior, loads of cabin space and a name that was previewed a decade ago

The Evos is a large family crossover with a tech-laden interior, loads of cabin space and a name that was previewed a decade ago

People look at the Ford Evos car in the Ford trade fair stand during a media day of the Auto Shanghai 2021 motor show in Shanghai, China

People look at the Ford Evos car in the Ford trade fair stand during a media day of the Auto Shanghai 2021 motor show in Shanghai, China

Ford announced last month that the Mondeo is being killed off entirely in 2022 and not replaced with another version

Ford announced last month that the Mondeo is being killed off entirely in 2022 and not replaced with another version

Despite the car’s unveiling this week, details still remain thin on the ground. 

Even the powertrains the Evos will use have yet to be confirmed, including if there will be electric and hybrid variants – though it is widely expected to launch with the latter. 

Ford Europe confirmed earlier this year that it will sell only plug-in hybrids and fully-electric cars by 2026 and battery-only models by 2030. 

Similarly, there has been no news on the wider availability of the Evos outside of China, though it is reportedly being lined up to replace the Fusion in North America and fill the gap left by the Mondeo in Europe.

Ford announced at the end of last month that it will ‘phase out’ the Mondeo – the brand’s first ‘global’ car when it launched in 1993 – next year due to a shift in consumer demand. 

Ford first showed the Evos concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show to signal its future global design language, showcasing how an SUV and coupe-inspired four-seat family car might look

Ford first showed the Evos concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show to signal its future global design language, showcasing how an SUV and coupe-inspired four-seat family car might look

The concept looks distinctly similar to the Evos production model - though without the bonkers doors

The concept looks distinctly similar to the Evos production model – though without the bonkers doors

The Ford Evos concept car showcased being driven on the road a decade ago

The Ford Evos concept car showcased being driven on the road a decade ago

‘As Ford moves to an all-electric passenger vehicle future, European consumer preferences continue to change,’ it said in an official statement. 

‘In 2020, 39 per cent of Ford’s passenger vehicle sales were SUVs and crossovers – up eight percentage points from 2019. 

‘Moreover, customers are showing more confidence in electrification technologies, with more than 50 percent of Kuga owners purchasing a Kuga PHEV.

‘As a result of this growing change in customer preference, Ford will phase out the Mondeo, its large car, at the end of March next year.’

A Ford spokesman added: ‘Admittedly, 2020 was difficult all around, but the market segment in which Mondeo competes has been dwindling for years and is down about 80 per cent since the start of the century.

‘Our rationale is pretty much the same as others have said recently… all down to changing customer preference as consumers opt for SUVs and crossovers, and the fact that we’re evolving our passenger vehicle range in Europe to meet those changing customer needs as we move to an all-electric future. ‘

He later added: ‘There will be no Mondeo replacement in Europe.’ 

If the Evos does fill a Mondeo-shaped gap in Ford's range, its interior will be a huge technological leap compared to the ousted family favourite from the 1990s with a dashboard-wide screen

If the Evos does fill a Mondeo-shaped gap in Ford’s range, its interior will be a huge technological leap compared to the ousted family favourite from the 1990s with a dashboard-wide screen

Ford said the Mondeo was being taken out of production due to the consumer shift to SUVs, crossovers and EVs

Ford said the Mondeo was being taken out of production due to the consumer shift to SUVs, crossovers and EVs

A revelation when it launched in 1993, sales of Mondeos have' dwindled' in recent years

A revelation when it launched in 1993, sales of Mondeos have’ dwindled’ in recent years

The Mondeo was Ford's first 'global' car produced for various markets

The Mondeo was Ford’s first ‘global’ car produced for various markets

If the Evos does fill a Mondeo-shaped gap in Ford’s range, its interior will be a huge technological leap compared to the ousted family favourite from the 1990s.   

Inside, it will have a near dashboard wide screen that stretches a massive 1.1 metres (3.6 feet).

It combines a digital instrument cluster for the driver with a 4K-resolution touchscreen that spans 27 inches.

The infotainment uses SYNC+ 2.0 software and feature a ‘Virtual Personal Assistant’.

Like Tesla’s electric car, it will support over-the-air updates, which means owners could be able to download performance, efficiency and tech upgrades on the move. 

‘The all-new Ford Evos not only represents a step forward in creating high-end products around customer experience to address the diverse needs of Chinese customers, but is also a pioneering vehicle demonstrating our next-generation intelligent features that herald the future development direction of Ford vehicles in China,’ said Anning Chen, president and CEO of Ford China. 

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