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Ford REFL3X Concept

By luanpa in | January 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Ford REFL3X Concept

Ford REFL3X Concept is a concept car introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. A production version of the Reflex design has not yet been announced. 

Ford REFL3X Concept’s features an advanced diesel-electric hybrid engine with new-generation lithium ion batteries that help deliver up to 65 miles per gallon of diesel fuel, and can accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds. The concept features an electric motor on the rear axle in addition to its hybrid propulsion system on the front axle. The rear motor provides all wheel drive capability, improved driving dynamics, and the fuel economy benefits of a full hybrid vehicle. Reflex’s energy is stored in a new-generation lithium-ion battery pack, using the same technology found in cell phones. Ford was the first manufacturer to produce an electric vehicle using this type of battery system when it introduced the electric Ford Ka research vehicle in 2000.

The REFL3X shades about as much ground as does the boxy SynUS trucklet, but the stance and proportions are dramatically different and considerably more beautiful. Its wheelbase and length are B-class, but the width and track are one size larger, giving it a broad, stable appearance and (presumably) good poise on a twisty road. The cabin is set well back in the wheelbase, with a fast windshield, so the rear seat is forced back between the rear wheels where there isn’t enough width to comfortably accommodate two legal passengers. Instead, there’s a single broad seat vaguely resembling a papasan chair that can accommodate one adult with legs astride the center console and hump, or a single rear-facing child seat, or two front-facing kiddie chairs–just the rig for hip, hard-driving, fun-loving parents of small tots. There’s even a ceiling-mounted spy cam to monitor the kids on a display in the front seat.

Ford refl3x concept front view

Ford refl3x concept front view



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