• Ford Atlas Concept early sketch

  • Ford Atlas Concept early sketch

  • Ford Bullet Train design sketch

  • Ford Locomotive design sketch

  • Ford cargo lighting design sketch

  • Ford Atlas Concept tailgate storage

  • Ford Atlas Concept early sketches

  • Ford Atlas Concept early sketches

  • Ford Atlas Concept early sketches

  • Ford Atlas Concept early sketches

  • Ford Atlas Concept early sketches

Ford Atlas Locomotive ConceptThe Ford Atlas Concept was one of the quiet success stories of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and now Ford has given us a quick glimpse as to how that creation came to be. Designers actually combined two early sketches to build the Atlas. One, called the Bullet Train, is a futuristic, aerodynamic creation, while the other, aptly named the Locomotive, features the squared off proportions we're familiar with.

Once designers settled on the truck's proportions, they began nailing down exactly which attributes they wanted the final design to have. The Concept's notched windshield originated as a forked glass roof that seamlessly transitioned into the windscreen.

Likewise, designers wanted to fit the truck's tailgate with a storage compartment for tools and a first aid kit, but settled on the dual-purpose step/cargo cradle. Interestingly enough, the concept's active aero shutter wheels actually originated in some of the earliest sketches. Check out the photos and slides here for a closer look.


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      JHOFF
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seen it at the Chicago Auto Show, looked great. Would pick this up over Chevy or Dodge.
      VDuB
      • 1 Year Ago
      These trucks will never see work like they were designed to. They are just redneck fashion statements.
        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VDuB
        Just as every compact sports car, muscle car and exotic all see track time on a regular basis. Please state something we haven\'t heard a million times.
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VDuB
        Thats very true
        XT6Wagon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VDuB
        yup, that 30-40% of the miles I put on my truck that is at (or over) its rated load limit... TOTAL FASHION STATEMENT. oh yah, I'm past due on my fashion statements yearly wash. better get on that.
        Eric Grez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VDuB
        Thats right baby, God bless America
        WLM86
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VDuB
        If you don\'t like trucks, don\'t buy one! Simple as that.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      How is this any better than the current truck from a design stand point?
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Really? Almost every corner, nook and cranny has a change that just works. I have a 13 Limited and would trade it out for this next year. Remember, when you are #1 you don't make massive changes to what works.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Timothy Tibbetts
          Depends. 1997 F150 was as radical as they come and sold more than any other generation to date. Of course gas prices had a hand in some of that, but that design was a massive hit. So much, I had two, a 97 and a 2000.
        lokestreachery
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Agreed. The bed sides, wheel arches, body sides and glass... All virtually indistinguishable from the current truck. Ignore the show car oohs and ahhs that never make production and this is just a nose job so Ford could try and claw some attention away from GM when their trucks were unveiled. Still, it is all a moot point because the new GM trucks already look outdated and the new Ram trucks are a much more refined design.
          fragmit50
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lokestreachery
          "new Ram trucks are a much more refined design" Bahahaha... that's good. You're funny.
        DK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Agreed, everyone is acting like this is some amazing new design never seen before, it looks just like the current one with a new line or two.
      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love one of these!
      Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love that Locomotive drawing!
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      So...they're becoming into trucks instead of pickups? That's a huge nose.
      ChrisH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bullet train was a fair adaptation of their current car design language to a truck, but while Jeep might pull that off on their vehicles I doubt Ford could do on the F150 series. Now that might be a valid approach to bring Rangers back into the fold. the Locomotive version is interesting, if painted yellow it would be a great full size Tonka!
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Task to designers "create a new FORD model truck. Now have some fun. It can have be anything your creative minds can create as long as it's a typical FORD box shape."
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love to see an Atlas sit next to da 5.0. Wonder if they will make a Harley Davidson addition??
      TracerBullitt
      • 1 Year Ago
      My, what a big snout you have!!
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