View Full Version : Ford Fairline Concept

12-21-2004, 06:24 PM
I saw this at blueovalnews.com<br> <IMG SRC="http://img138.exs.cx/img138/3429/fairlane0014uc.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img138.exs.cx/img138/809/fairlane0021fh.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>they are saying it will be at NAIAS. Has anyone heard about this?<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Charger at 9:06 AM 12/31/2004</i>

12-21-2004, 09:10 PM
what kind of vehicle is this previewing?? it looks like a range rover with the floating roof.

12-21-2004, 09:18 PM
I noticed at the autoreport site Ford had refiled the trademark for the Fairline in mid-november. So the concept is certainly showing up sooner or later.

12-22-2004, 01:58 AM
That thing really looks like a rendering of a Range Rover IMO.<p>Isnt the Fairline a big coupe, not an SUV?

12-22-2004, 03:00 AM
yup...... maybe it is a Ford version of Dicovery 3 (an SUV built on the same <B>monocoque </B>platform) with a 4.4. V8 upgraded from Jaguar 4.2 V8 ........cos Land Rover is now a subsidiary of Ford..........<br>just like the case of Volvo S40, Mazda 3, Ford Focus.

12-22-2004, 08:04 PM
Until the embargo is lifted on January 9th, please use this thread for the concept for now on. Sorry guys.

12-23-2004, 01:34 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Charger</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">they are saying it will be at NAIAS. Has anyone heard about this?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Yes, Its a tall wagon/suv thing Kind of like a large Scion Xb. We have access to pics but they can't be posted yet.

12-27-2004, 05:56 PM
This Ford naming thing is starting to piss me off! First they take the Fusion name from the UK (the fusion is a Fiesta based MPV) now they Take the Australian Fairlane??? When is it goin to end?

12-28-2004, 07:20 AM
The name Fairlane goes back to an old Ford from the 50's or 60's. <br>I think they'll try to use the name Fairmont next...

12-28-2004, 10:41 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag_1</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">... now they Take the Australian Fairlane??? When is it goin to end?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You might want to re-do your research. As Monkey said, Fairlane is an old name used in North america. It was first introduced in 1955 as a boulevard cruiser. The name was reassigned in 1962 to a line of muscle cars that continued production well into the 1970's. Old fairlanes (the muscle cars) are quite popular with the restoration crowd and the hip hop crowd (who restore them and add all kinds of hydraulic, electronic & entertainment systems to them). There was even an Andrew Dice Clay movie named after the car (The Adventures of Ford Fairlane). The Australian car is named after it's north american predecessor.<p>That said, the Fairlane was never any form of suv or crossover, as this concept is.

12-29-2004, 06:53 PM
Well in that case i take back my comments. Monkey, i dont think they will use Fairmont as its an Australian name, or does it date back to America? Geeez, im confused. But thanks for that Monkey and Santeno, i learn something new everyday from carspyshots.net!

12-30-2004, 06:04 AM
The last Ford Fairmont was made in the late 1970's/early 1980s as a new smaller mid-size car. It debuted the Fox platform that the Mustang was based on I believe. Shared it anyway. In 83 or 84 the car was facelifted and renamed to the Ford LTD/Mercury Marquis. The LTD and Marquis were killed when the Taurus replaced them (they were midsized). That also tells why the Grand Marquis is named as it is - it was bigger than the Marquis (aka grand). When the Marquis died it stayed the Marquis.

12-30-2004, 05:20 PM
Now the LTD name is american 2! Its used on an Aus car, but anyway. Thanks for that speedstick!

12-31-2004, 05:39 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Charger</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I saw this at blueovalnews.com<br> <IMG SRC="http://img138.exs.cx/img138/3429/fairlane0014uc.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img138.exs.cx/img138/809/fairlane0021fh.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>they are saying it will be at NAIAS. Has anyone heard about this?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>it is based on the same platform as the Ford Fusion, Lincoln Zephyr/2006 Aviator and the next Mazda 6.<br>So we'll see a production version sometime next year.<br>I guess almost every Ford brand will have sedans and SUVs based on this.<br>So far, it looks like a big Scion, or Element. But a bit lower. <p><br>Source img: Blueoval<p>JOKEJOE<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 10:58 AM 12/31/2004</i>

12-31-2004, 04:04 PM
Don't let the boxy styling fool you - look a the doors, this previews the CD3-based minivan. Comparison to the Scion xB/Toyota bB (a b-segment MPV) is apt.

12-31-2004, 10:28 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>thegriffon</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Don't let the boxy styling fool you - look a the doors, this previews the CD3-based minivan. Comparison to the Scion xB/Toyota bB (a b-segment MPV) is apt.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Hmmm....except that this is the size of an explorer and carries as many people as the freestar.

01-01-2005, 12:47 AM
I think that this could be a Highlander competitor. They'll just convert the rear doors from suicide opening to normal opening.

01-01-2005, 05:58 PM
looks like the bronco concept from the back <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bow.gif" BORDER="0">

01-03-2005, 02:05 PM
I also saw a lot of Bronco in it. I think that the rear doors are sliding...not suicide...

01-03-2005, 02:09 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bolita</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I think that the rear doors are sliding...not suicide...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>That's what TheGriffon was saying. The track seems to run under the rear window.

Naga Royal Guard
01-03-2005, 02:26 PM
i saw a Freestyle yesterday, excellent packaging; give the market 2 months to become aware of it and that thing will sit second only to the explorer in sales

01-08-2005, 10:36 PM
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01-08-2005, 10:38 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The Ford Fairlane concept creates a new type of people-mover that explores a blend of upscale, modern design with Ford hallmarks of safety, interior spaciousness and functionality. Fairlane  a classic name that recalls the splendor of Henry Ford's estate  features a well-proportioned, purposeful stance that promotes Ford fundamentals  a spacious and flexible interior, safety leadership and confident driving character. <p>The Ford Fairlane concept is a six-passenger, three-row people mover with a unique shape. Its well-balanced proportions are the foundation for a modern, sophisticated design with a minivan-sized, no-compromise interior. Fairlane also features unique active lifestyle solutions like the "rolling galley" concept in the functional rear utility zone.<p>Fairlane features a well-defined hood, a large cabin with upright A-pillars, four side doors with low step-in height, and a rear door with an industry-leading three-way tailgate. The rear door opens to the left or right, while the upper glass section flips up. Fairlane's design blends this new shape with sophisticated elements such as the bold, three-bar grille that signifies the new face of Ford. <p>"The Ford Fairlane concept breaks new ground as a people mover with presence," says J Mays, group vice president of Design and chief creative officer. "This is a vehicle with the power to move people emotionally as well as physically."<p>"With Fairlane, we're rewriting the people mover story, offering a more upscale vehicle for American families, whether they're traveling to a concert with friends, or to the cottage for a family weekend getaway."<p>The exterior is defined by upright front roof pillars that stretch the people-mover concept upward, creating a minivan-size interior. The interior has three unique zones with a unifying design theme, but that serve individual needs.<p><br>The Fairlane makes use of unique materials to highlight the functionality and versatility of the interior space. <p><br> <br>Fairlane's three interior zones feature unmatched function and unique materials  including automotive firsts like maple bentwood, Lloyd Loom woven rattan made from recycled paper, and a durable woven canvas  that help separate each row by job description. The front zone is driver-focused and features great visibility, thanks to a low dash and high seating positions, as well as easy-control ergonomics. This purposeful zone is reinforced by sophisticated design elements.<p>Combined with the second row's breakthrough function and luxury, Fairlane appeals to families as well as empty-nesters who need passenger accommodations for nights out, or game-room flexibility while hauling friends or grandkids. <p>Today's empty nesters are much more active than previous aging generations. They also are busier than their predecessors, caring for grandchildren or elderly parents. In fact, 40 percent of leading-edge Baby Boomers  those 55 and older  are technically empty-nesters, yet only 27 percent claim to live at home along with their spouse. Searching for flexible solutions, seven out of ten of the top vehicles purchased by Boomers are pickup trucks and SUVs.<p>"Fairlane's spirit is from a bygone era when families lived and worked in the city and played in the countryside," says Mays. <p>UPRIGHT, UPSCALE EXTERIOR<p>The Ford Fairlane concept exterior breaks the people-mover design mold with upright front roof pillars that define a fresh new look while opening interior possibilities. The clutter-free design, solid proportions, and large wheels and tires communicate a sophistication carried through in numerous details.<p><br>The wide, horizontal front end is established by the three, stainless steel grille bars. <p><br> <br>"Henry Ford's Fair Lane estate stands out for its design detail and restraint," says Mays. "Throughout his home, you can appreciate Henry Ford's appreciation of the great outdoors and fine craftsmanship in favor of opulence. The Fairlane concept embraces that spirit in a very modern way."<p>This sophistication begins with three brushed stainless steel horizontal bars forming a powerful front-end appearance that is repeated in the headlamp and rear-door designs, and signals the new face of Ford.<p>The three bars surround the molded-in Ford oval and seamlessly extend into the headlamps for a wide, horizontal appearance accentuated by a wide air dam. This horizontal theme, absent unnecessary design cues, helps create the vehicle's unique proportion and is repeated on the sides and rear.<p>High-tech, light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps deliver wide, consistent lighting patterns and are encased in advanced horizontal frosted-glass covers that enhance the front-end design. The large top section houses an LED day lamp with an inset projector beam for high- and low-beam settings. The middle turn-indicator LED rests above the fog lamp that is half the size of the upper two units.<p>The clean body sides of the Fairlane concept communicate sophistication. The windows are flush with the body for a refined look, complemented by five side groove details in the body panels.<p>The "French-opening" doors reinforce the look and offer maximum access to the front and rear seating areas. The second-row power armrests automatically retract downward when the side doors are unlatched to open more room for passengers to maneuver.<p>"Other people movers don't offer easy access for third-row passengers," said Mays. "With the Ford Fairlane concept, we solved the dilemma and are breaking new design ground with unique center-opening doors."<p><br>The glass roof panels are wrapped in a swath of tightly woven canvas-cloth material.<p><br> <br>Nineteen-inch tires wrap ten-spoke, brushed-aluminum wheels to fill the wheel wells and accentuate Fairlane's modern design and stance. The handsome wheel treatment is carried through with similar brushed-aluminum treatments on the door handles, instrument-panel accents, the utility area and the rear door.<p>The rear door itself is a groundbreaking tailgater's dream, featuring a flip-down utility area with a refrigerator, cutting surface and utensils. The industry's first triple-hinged rear door opens to the left or right, and the flipglass section opens upward offering more ways to conveniently load cargo.<p>A single stretch of a unique, tightly woven canvas-cloth material is tightly bound to the full roof-pillar perimeter  just as fabric is stretched over a polo helmet  for a unifying halo effect surrounding the glass roof.<br></TD></TR></TABLE>

01-08-2005, 10:39 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">INTERIOR DEPARTMENTS<p> <br>Each of the Fairlane's three rows have been designed to meet specific functions and yet work together to meet the needs of today's consumer.<p> <br>The Ford Fairlane projects Ford's interior design leadership well into the future by offering the luxury of space, function and design. The three unique interior zones, like the cabin of a high-end executive aircraft, include a driver-focused front row, a passenger-friendly second row with first-class appointments, and a business-class third-row with passenger seating and a utility area for cargo or catering.<p>"The Fairlane concept takes Ford's interior design leadership to new levels," says Kris Tomasson, designer. "The three-zone design treatment harkens back to the 1920's glory days of American design when car and aircraft interiors were uniquely segmented to reflect home interior designs."<p>Each zone matches design to duty and, like rooms in a home, is tied together with a modern and purposeful design theme. An all-glass roof, similarly segmented into three zones for individual control, reinforces the spacious cabin to invite trips from city to shore.<p>FIRST ROW BUILT FOR DRIVING<p>The driver zone is marked by a strikingly low dash to aid visibility, finished with an oak and maple bentwood laminate derived from the furniture industry. The exposed wood-grain finish speaks to the vehicle's modernity and authenticity. This same wood finish trims the door panels, accented with brushed-aluminum window and door-lock controls, and second-row seat bolsters.<p>The modern, user-friendly instrument panel is wrapped in light tan leather and decked with exposed-grain bentwood. The large, circular speedometer and tachometer are trimmed in brushed aluminum and housed underneath a uniquely segmented portion of the bentwood that is subtly raised from the rest of the dash.<p>This wood treatment also appears on the two middle roof pillars (B and C pillars) as part of the unifying, sophisticated design theme. Two similarly styled smaller circular gauges for fuel and oil measurements flank the large gauges.<p><br>The unifying sophisticated design theme is clearly evident in the Fairlane's extensive use of wood grains in the interior instrument panel and dash.<p><br> <br>A tasteful, two-spoke steering wheel is accented with tan leather handgrips that extend from each spoke and match the seats. The center console tunnel includes a large storage bin with a tan leather flip-up cover.<p>The console is trimmed with brushed aluminum that extends to the forward tunnel area  with two exposed map storage bins  and flows into a center stack with radio and climate control functions. The controls' simple, modern design keeps the dash free of clutter, while placing all necessary functions within easy reach.<p>Heating and cooling are supplied through an air vent that runs the entire length of the dash. Located just below the bentwood dash, this vent includes numerous directional fins that provide even distribution of air throughout the cabin.<p>The tan leather front-row seats offer comfort and Command Seating, thanks to a relatively high seating position and side bolsters that are rare in people movers. The front seatbacks are finished in an extremely durable woven material that helps make the transition to the second zone.<p>This material, being used for the first time in a vehicle, is made from recycled paper by Lloyd Loom, a home dcor company based in the United Kingdom since 1917. The material is known for timeless elegance and sophistication, as well as its unique ability to resist scuffs and water. It also accents the door panels and second-row armrests.<p>FIRST-CLASS SECOND ROW<p>The second-row zone is the most revolutionary interior statement, taking first-class aircraft seating to new heights. Covered in a closely woven canvas like the roof perimeter, the two reclining club chair-type seats offer luxurious adult-size comfort, best-in-class reclining angles and easy, flat-folding capability for maximum cargo capacity. They also offer first-of-its-kind storage with four separate bins, one in each armrest.<p> <br>The Fairlane's second row is focused on passenger comfort and convenience, with activity and storage solutions for younger occupants, and luxurious seats for larger occupants.<p> <br>"The Fairlane's second row seats put limousine seats to shame," says Tomasson. "They are luxurious for adult passengers and game-friendly for kids."<p>The subtle change in seat materials helps create a unique atmosphere. The door panel and roof treatments, however, tie the zones together with the same design theme and materials selection. A roof-mounted center DVD screen and easy-to-access DVD player that slides from the rear of the center console conveniently offer the latest entertainment options.<p>The seatbacks are shod in a good-looking, easily washable stainless steel finish that starts the transition to the rear zone. These seats quickly and easily fold flat to open cargo space or entry space into the third-row seats.<p>THIRD ZONE  UTILITY PLAYER DOES IT ALL<p>The third row is built for maximum utility and flexibility so Fairlane can be as useful at the destination as it is on the journey. The third-zone design communicates a utilitarian space with a sophisticated, yet practical, stainless steel-finish load floor and functional elements.<p> <br>The Fairlane's versatility is embodied in the industry-first, triple-action rear door opens to the left, or right, and the flipglass opens upward for convenient loading.<p> <br>Second- and third-row seatbacks fold flat to reveal this spacious and durable load floor that easily washes free of debris, from wet camping gear or your muddy Labradors. The industry-first triple-action rear door opens to the left or right and the flipglass opens upward for convenient loading in almost any situation. The novel upper glass section can be opened to load smaller items or to protect the prep area.<p>"The second- and third-row zones give you the luxury of flexibility that matches Fairlane's ability to move in and out of different settings with ease," says Tomasson. "The Fairlane allows you to be the chef at a family picnic or take your friends to the finest restaurant in the city."<p>The rear zone's home design theme continues with a unique all-in-one food storage and preparation area integrated into the rear door. This unique rolling galley includes a brushed stainless steel refrigerator and food preparation tray that fold down from the rear tailgate. The tray comes complete with molded-in bowls for chips and salsa.<p>BUILT-IN SAFETY<p>The Fairlane, like all Ford people movers, raises the bar for safety with a long list of advanced safety technologies, such as the Safety Canopy rollover protection system and Ford's Personal Safety System with dual-deployment front air bags, energy-absorbing safety belts and load-limiting retractors.<p>SOLID FOUNDATION<p>The Ford Fairlane concept rides on an all-wheel drive version of the company's mid-size CD3 architecture, with fully independent front and rear suspensions. The Fairlane is the first CD3-based people-mover concept, demonstrating the architecture's flexibility next to its production mid-size-sedan cousins  the 2006 Ford Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr.<p>This architecture will eventually be the basis for up to ten unique vehicles in North America and approximately 800,000 vehicles annually over time.<p>The Duratec 30 3.0-liter V-6 engine features all-aluminum construction, dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, intake Variable Cam Timing (i-VCT) and electronic throttle control. It could deliver the smooth, spirited performance, along with good fuel economy and very low emissions ratings that are enjoyed in production versions.<p>The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with wider ratios that allow this smaller, more fuel-efficient engine to deliver smooth, consistent shifts and great low-end torque and performance feel. <p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Source for this and above release from Ford Media

Top Secret
01-08-2005, 11:11 PM
The boxy styling strongly reminds me of a Range Rover, but this is a minivan? Looks more like an SUV, but if they say it is, it must be.

01-08-2005, 11:16 PM
Its just a styling concept to see what direction to take the next minivan. I'd strongly bet, though, that this is a preview of the next Freestar.

01-09-2005, 12:48 AM
An SUV- like minivan. The styling would suit the freestar more, but for a minivan, I doubt it. Dodge's Kahuna concept was far more appealing.<p>The so called 3 way tail gate doesn't bring any new solution to the tailgate, that swinging lower section would be an obstruction to open, IMO Volvo XC90's two way tailgate is more practical and Renaults Modus tailgate is more innovative.