DETROIT -- Had Ford kept its Probe coupe around for a third generation, it might have morphed into something like the low-slung Reflex concept car.
The Ford brand hasn't had a front-wheel-drive performance coupe since the Probe expired in 1997. The Reflex, which debuted at the Detroit auto show, displays how a sporty Ford coupe could look and perform. It is about the size of a Mazda Miata.
Not only is the Reflex very aerodynamic, it is also fuel-efficient. Although the concept car does not run, Ford envisions the vehicle powered by a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain.
Ford says a diesel-electric hybrid in a car the size of the Reflex could yield as much as 65 mpg on the highway.
The concept car has an electric motor on the rear axle to aid traction and boost performance.
The Reflex's lithium-ion battery pack could be built someday. Ford researchers are working on lithium-ion batteries for hybrids.
Lithium-ion batteries have up to three times the power density as nickel-metal hydride batteries currently used in hybrids.
The Reflex's interior has two seats up front and one seat with room for two in the rear.
The doors open gull-wing style, like a DeLorean DMC-12.
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