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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Ford Gets Into The Touchscreen Wars With The 2022 EVOS

Hey Ford Philippines, we’d forgive you for the Territory if you’d throw us a bone, and offer this gorgeous 2022 Ford Evos for the local market.

Unveiled at the Auto Shanghai, the Ford Evos blends three vehicle genres—coupe, sedan, and SUV to create a one-of-kind crossover. More importantly, it’s the first vehicle developed largely by their China-based team (not just a badge slap job) while still leveraging the company’s global product development expertise.

The 2022 Evos is the first vehicle to reflect it’s China-centric “Progressive Energy in Strength” design philosophy. Apart from its rather unique front-end—dominated by that massive parametric grille—the Evos does share some similarities to the Mustang Mach-E in terms of overall form.

Inside, Ford’s gone straight into the deep-end of the touchscreen wars by offering a 1.1-wide horizontal screen (it beats Geely’s 1-meter-wide number on the Xingyue L). This includes a 12.3-inch digital cluster and a 27-inch infotainment screen with 4K resolution. The large screen can also be partitioned so that the driver can use functions such as navigation, while the front passenger can access music and other multimedia files.

The massive screen aside, it also has a soft, stitched instrument panel.

The infotainment system itself is powered by Sync+ 2.0 created and using Baidu’s digital application ecosystem. It does have Ford’s own user-interface on top along with a Virtual Personal Assistant.

Ford hasn’t released any details surrounding the Evo’s powertrain, but it’ll likely be powered by a boosted 4-cylinder engine, as with most products in China. If it’ll share the same one in another China-centric SUV, the Equator, it’ll get a 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 165 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque.

Even better, the Ford Evos comes with a fully-networked architecture which means it can adopt quick and seamless Over-The-Air updates. It will also come with Level 2 autonomous driving technology which Ford calls, “BlueCruise.” With that, it can steer, accelerate, and brake by itself on sections of predetermined highways.

Sadly, for the Philippine market, the chances of the Ford Evos making it here are slim to none. It’s built by Changan Ford, the better of the two Ford joint-ventures in China (the Territory and Ecosport are built by JMC Ford). Still, reports are strong that Ford’s building a mid-sized crossover to replace its recently axled sedan globally. This could very well be based off the Evo, or at least inspired by it, and that could be the likely candidate to make it here.

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