Named after the successful 1960s Ford coupes and sedans that were the bread-and-butter of the company for a time, the Ford Fairlane Concept is a six-passenger vehicle similar in concept to the current Ford Freestyle, but with a more stylish and luxurious appearance as well as a completely different platform. Where the Freestyle is designed to capture SUV buyers who really want a car to drive, the Fairlane Concept appeals to people who need a minivan but just cannot bring themselves to drive one every day lest their confidence swirl down the drain like so many shaved whiskers.
Power and Style
Key design attributes of the Ford Fairlane Concept include flush-mounted exterior glass and thin pillars for a sleek appearance. Horizontal side strakes decorate the doors, which are "French-opening" (read: outer hinged without a center pillar) to allow unfettered access to the cabin, and the Fairlane wears Ford's new corporate tri-bar metal-finish grille. Extremely handsome multi-spoked and polished alloy wheels make the Fairlane look expensive, while at the rear is a three-way tailgate with glass that flips up and a door that swings open from the left or the right.
Second-row "club" chairs are upholstered in closely woven canvas, recline for comfort, and offer unique storage armrests. They fold flat, along with the third-row seat, to reveal a cargo floor finished in stainless steel, gleaming from the ambient light that filters in through the Fairlane's three glass roof panels.
However, this concept does illustrate the flexibility of the new CD3 corporate platform, while getting the show-going public used to another classic Ford "F" name that's sure to be revived for a future model - probably whatever replaces the creaky old Freestar minivan.
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