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Ford of Europe's SAV Concept demonstrates a fresh approach in two ways. Firstly it defines a new breed of car, the Sports Activity Vehicle: a three-row mono-space that is athletic both in its appearance and the way it drives. Secondly, the Ford SAV Concept provides a suitably dynamic form to reveal the emergence of a new design direction for Ford of Europe. Sleek and purposeful, the Ford SAV Concept demonstrates new ideas for people- and load-carrying flexibility.
SAV Concept's form language is characterised by dynamic feature lines spanned by full surfaces symbolising muscularity, substance and solidity. Within its unique proportions, this design approach establishes the foundations on which the Ford of Europe design team will build, using carefully crafted graphic elements and unique design details to create arresting and highly appealing designs.
Envisioned as a market offering position ed between the Ford Galaxy and Mondeo, the Ford SAV Concept explores the future possibilities for even more diversity in the heart of the Ford family car range. The new concept takes the innovative 'business class' flexible rear seating concept, first seen in Focus C-MAX, to the next level, introducing a remote-controlled rear-seat configuration system and an integral stowage system.
At the touch of a button, the three individual seats which form the SAV Concept's rear seat row can be reconfigured. Using electric motors, the middle seat slides rearward into a central location. It nestles between integrated, fitted luggage trolleys which provide built-in armrests for the third-row passenger. The two outer seats then shift inward slightly to provide each occupant with greater spaciousness and comfort.
Exterior design elements have evolved from current Ford models but are characterised by more emotion and depth. The silhouette of the SAV Concept is unique, characterised by a very fast, raked windscreen and an arching roofline that ends in an integral tailgate spoiler. A distinctive side window graphic with a strong 'kick-up' at the rear lends a dynamic quality to the profile and creates a strong D-pillar shape.
SAV Concept's bolder lines, fuller body sections and interestingly interplayed shapes are among the signals that different influences are coming into Ford's European design language. The front of the vehicle offers a very bold graphic solution composed of the large, dual-lamp headlamps, raked bonnet and bumper sections shaped around a wide, deep inverted trapezoid lower grille opening. The interplay of intersecting lines converges on the Ford oval bedecked grille.
From its exquisitely sculpted steering wheel - with electronic upshift and downshift buttons integrated into bold thumb grips - to the hip-hugging forms of the contoured sports seats, the interior of the SAV Concept is performance orientated. Complementing the exterior colour, the interior is finished in tones of slate and pewter accented by design details in orange. This theme is boldly established with a striking instrument panel centre stack finished in a soft-touch, burnt orange metallic finish. Bright orange accents in the seating, floor coverings, leather-wrapped gear lever and instrument panel complete the theme, down to such small details as the lighting of switches and gauges.
Interior materials, including technically grained leathers and breathable mesh fabric, were inspired by high-tech sportswear materials used in today's high-end trainer shoes and other sports clothing. Titanium-tinted aluminium is also used in the interior, effectively accenting control areas such as the gear lever, the linear electric park brake handle and vent surrounds. A bold orange "racing stripe" in the floor material is framed each side by the seat runners.
SAV Concept marks the beginning of Ford's evolving vision for its future products. As a team with Martin Smith and Chris Bird at the helm, Ford of Europe Design is already aligned toward what that vision will be.
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