(from Ford Press Release)
The Ford EX concept vehicle stakes its claim in the extreme domain of
the "No Boundaries" SUV line-up, promising a unique, no-compromise
driving experience for the off-road enthusiast and extreme sports
"The EX Concept is the farthest extension of the Outfitters family of
SUVs yet," says J Mays, Ford Motor Company vice president of Design. "It
is the most extreme of the Outfitters concept vehicles and was built to
explore a unique lifestyle and cohort group."
This two-seat concept vehicle is purpose-built and features high-
quality, detailed composite body sections on a chrome-moly steel frame.
The frame is tough, durable, resistant to corrosion and ready to take on
any off-road adventure.
The mechanicals, such as the transfer case and aluminum radiator with
dual fans, are moved rearward to achieve a 50/50 weight distribution,
providing optimal traction in rugged terrain. An ecto-skeletal design
allows the components to be visible, and removable side body panels are
secured to the frame by lightweight aluminum fasteners.
The exposed front frame structure is accentuated by a honeycomb texture
front grille and four round high-intensity driving lamps, which gives
the overall appearance a tough, solid stance.
The bronze tinted windshield folds down and clips to the top of the
hood, giving the occupants the feeling of freedom that comes from
In lieu of door handles, padded grip areas on the top and side frame
ease access when climbing in and out of the vehicle. Other features
include dual stainless steel side exiting exhausts, five-spoke, 17-inch
cast aluminum wheels, and a full size spare tire cradled behind the
The interior features a full roll cage and seats wrapped in a black and
tan all-weather material. This versatile textile resists damage from the
sun, ozone and weather and displays outstanding physical toughness. The
steering wheel and instruments are mounted on a steering mechanism that
glides from side to side to allow for easier entry and exit.
Occupants strap into their seats with four-point safety belts and dual
air bags are located in the center of the wheel and the instrument
A removable central storage bin bridges the rear suspension while an
additional storage bin is positioned on a bar located under the
instrument panel. Map pockets are placed on the side panels to store
The floor is washable and features integrated molded rubber non-skid
pads and floor drain plugs.