Before the Ford Evos concept was unveiled at Frankfurt, I attended the press event in Berlin. It was particularly useful because, unlike in the Frankfurt scrum, it was possible to pin down Ford’s design bosses on a one-to-one basis.

If you can ignore the impressive gullwing arrangement and the coupe layout, much of what’s left is Ford’s new Mondeo. The real thing will be unveiled at the Detroit show next January, where this car replaces the Mazda 6-based Ford Fusion on the US market.

Although the Evos is identifiably a development of the current Ford design language, it has also flipped some ideas through 180 degrees. Gone are the huge headlamps of Ford’s current models, (described in Berlin by Ford design global boss J Mays as being of ‘absurd proportions’) replaced by super-slim ‘laser cut’ lamps.