Ford debuts sculpture in China that teases future design language (Chris Bruce)
Ford At 2020 Auto China
Ford At 2020 Auto China

Are those fins on the sides?

At 2020 Auto China, Ford has a sculpture that previews its future design language. The company calls the look "Progressive Energy In Strength." 

The sculpture depicts a vehicle in profile that tapers to a point at the back. The front end is muscular and wouldn't appear too out of place on a new interpretation of the Mustang. The long bonnet flows back to a sleek, cockpit-like passenger compartment. Its teardrop shape creates the flowing line that creates the roof and leads to the rear.

A fascinating aspect is the fin-like shape along the rear flank. It somewhat evokes the styling of cars from the 1950s and early '60s where big fins are a major styling element. Maybe Ford is looking to revive a little of this aesthetic.

The Ford China Design Centre will open in October. It'll feature Chinese designs that will have a goal of bringing the "Progressive Energy in Strength" look into production.

Ford is also using 2020 Auto China to debut the Mustang Mach-E for that market. "Every Mustang reflects the evolution of Ford’s innovative spirit and Mustang Mach-E will be a dark horse in China’s high-end all-electric vehicle market," said Anning Chen, the president and CEO of Ford Greater China.

Ford uses this show to highlight its Sync+ infotainment software that's specifically for the Chinese market. It supports over-the-air updates and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.

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In addition, the company is showing off the future by previewing its connectivity and cellular vehicle-to-everything technology. The innovation is currently in road testing with a goal of reducing road congestion and traffic efficiency. The first production vehicles with this feature should be on sale in China in 2021.

Source: Ford