|The Reflex concept is based on a new full-hybrid drivetrain.|
As promised, Ford introduced its new Reflex diesel hybrid at the Detroit auto show. Proclaiming that “small is big,” Ford executives used the introduction as an example of their commitment to “seize the small car market” in the US.
The Reflex is a full hybrid that uses a 1.4-liter Duratorq as its engine, uses a rear-wheel motor in addition to the front-wheel hybrid drive, features a lithium-ion battery pack, and uses small arrays of solar cells to support non-traction electrical systems and provide a slight recharge. The goal with the latter feature is to conserve as much of the Li-ion battery system’s storage as possible to apply to torque.
Ford isn’t ready yet to reveal specifics about the hybrid powertrain or battery system, save to say that it reflects the thinking of their next-generation hybrid systems.
The Reflex offers up to 65 mpg US in urban driving—a result helped by what Ford executives say is a strong all-electric (e-drive) drive capability.
Ford is gathering customer reaction to the concept, and may productize it within a few years.