The mid-size sedan isn't what it used to be. Back then, it was one of the top sellers for mainstream manufacturers. But the rise of SUVs and crossovers have brought executive saloon sales to the lowest they have ever been. Sedan sales have plummeted so much for Ford they pulled out of that segment entirely.
But just because they (effectively) gave up on executive sedans, it doesn't mean that they bailed out on mid-sized vehicles. The American automaker came up with a solution that might reinvigorate the D-segment. Ford calls it the EVOS, and it serves as the spiritual successor of the Mondeo.
We never got the Mondeo in the Philippines, but its replacement is an important model for the manufacturer. Before executive sedan sales fell, the Mondeo was consistently one of Europe's top-selling Fords, particularly in England. Since crossovers are the craze these days, Ford decided to combine the elements of that body style with the Mondeo.
The result is a high-riding fastback with crossover and executive car design features. At the front, it has a look that is reminiscent of the recently launched Equator crossover. The slim headlights and the wide grille give it a bit of aggression and a fair bit of presence. However, the side profile reminds us more of a liftback than a crossover. As for the rear, there is a hint of Mondeo thanks to its sloping rear windshield and taillights.
It's all about screens when you see the dashboard of the EVOS. The instrument cluster, infotainment, and entertainment functions are all housed in one panel. There isn't much in the way of buttons, so we suspect most functions are integrated into the infotainment system. The center console is raised high, likely to give the impression of being in a larger vehicle. The variant Ford revealed also features orange highlights on the steering wheel, seats, and dashboard. Expect lower-spec models to have a less flashy design.
The EVOS is available with semi-autonomous driving capabilities. Ford calls it BlueCruise, and it allows hands-free driving along select thoroughfares. It also has features such as road edge detection, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control, just to name a few.
Given that the car has a tachometer, we reckon the EVOS is not an electric vehicle. Ford is quiet about the powertrain of their latest car. We suspect it might use one of the wide variety of EcoBoost engines from the automaker's arsenal.