Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/26/21 8:50 a.m.

Is it possible to improve perfection? That’s what one person set out to do by giving the iconic Ford Crown Victoria a modern redesign.

So, what do you think of the end result? What did you like or what would you have done differently?

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TGMF HalfDork
10/26/21 8:52 a.m.

Apparently it would look like a '98 Lexus LS400 with a  Infiniti Q45 trunk lid. 


stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
10/26/21 9:22 a.m.

I like it, but I don't think it's really a 'modern' design...the low beltline and squarish three box design are more 1980s than 2020s.

STM317 UberDork
10/26/21 9:28 a.m.

Am I the only one getting strong M45 vibes from that rendering?

File:2003 Infiniti M45 rear left side.jpg - Wikipedia

Red5 New Reader
10/26/21 9:50 a.m.

It would look like an F150, 4 door with a bed cover.  I miss the CV, oh well, times change.  You can still buy a Charger, with the 392 Hemi, awesome car.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
10/26/21 9:55 a.m.

Not to be a downer but it would probably look exactly like this:

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/26/21 3:56 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

Correction - here is a photo of an actual 2020 crown vic

2021 Ford Explorer in Oxford White exterior color (2020 MODEL SHOWN)_o -  Akins Ford

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/27/21 11:19 a.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

Good or bad, that is true. SUVs have become today's station wagon.

Error404 Reader
10/27/21 5:26 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

CUV when you need 4 doors and 2 rows to carry your umbrella and pumpkin spice latte (PSL) back and forth to work. Up hill, both ways, in a blizzard. (Probably)

SUV for the wifey when you start having germ factories sprouting. SUT (Suburban Utility Truck) for the hubs to haul is PSL and plans for when he and the boys are totally gonna do something epic "soon".


Sarcasm aside, mostly, I think it's driven in no small part by the new car buying public shifting older and wanting more upright seats for entry and positioning. Personal anecdote time! A former coworker was cross-shopping off-lease cars, she went with the CUV because it provided easier entry/exit and upright seating for when older family (70+) was in town. There's also the perception that they're safer, I hear that a lot at work now but it's usually from the more accident prone people. And then, of course, people buy the new car they want, not the new car they need. (See Ford Raptors when what you really need is a daggum hatchback). Now that we have cameras everywhere, Ive been wondering how much longer until they discard natural visibility and ditch the rear window entirely.

Carsandbikes Reader
10/29/21 2:15 p.m.

As someone who owned a Crown Victoria until a few months ago, and replaced it with a Fusion, right off the bat the rear styling is quite reminiscent of a 90s full-sized Oldsmobile (though I forget which one).

The car in the video is more of an update to the last model than a modern interpretation.  It could almost have been introduced in 2013 using the " core " of the old model.  Then Ford would have introduced a clean sheet model in 2017-2018 that would not have looked much like this.

If anything, I would have expected Ford to reach back into the 60s for some styling cues, like the old round tail lights and or a fastback sort of roofline.

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