2025 Ford Windstar Makes Scripted Debut, Wants To Make the Minivan Great Again

2025 Ford Windstar - Rendering 8 photos
Photo: Behance | Nihar Mazumdar
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Any gearhead and their grandmother knows Ford has long ditched traditional passenger cars in North America. Its only low-slung model still on sale in our market is the new generation Mustang, with all other rides being either crossovers or light commercial vehicles (pickups included).
Nevertheless, it wasn't that long ago that Ford had more traditional rides in its portfolio. Minivans were also a thing back then, and you certainly remember the Flex, which, despite its crossover-y appearance, was nothing more than a people carrier. It succeeded the Freestar, which, in turn, replaced the Windstar in the brand’s lineup, and this story is dedicated to the latter model.

Produced between the 1995 and 2003 model years at the company’s factory in Ontario, Canada, the Ford Windstar was related to the era’s Taurus, Lincoln Continental, and Mercury Sable. With V6 firepower, it was nothing to write home about from an enthusiast’s perspective. But then again, minivans were never exciting unless we’re talking about that hot Hellcat-powered Chrysler Pacifica.

But why did we dedicate an entire story to a vehicle that’s been dead for over two decades? Because it was just resurrected. Mind you, it’s not an official resurrection, but a CGI one, with Nihar Mazumdar taking to Behance to imagine what a potentially modern-day Ford Windstar would look like, albeit with a good dose of ‘trust me, bro’ used to fill in the blanks.

If you take a closer look at the digital illustration shared in the image gallery above, you will see some styling influences borrowed from other Blue Oval products. It has a typical Ford face with a large grille, a light bar separating it from the hood, large headlamps with integrated daytime running lights, a wide lower air intake, and a rather aggressive bumper.

More aggressive lines can be seen on the vehicle’s profile. Speaking of the sides, this hypothetical 2025 Ford Windstar has a sloping roofline and rear sliding doors that seem to be longer than the rear three-quarter panels. The ride also features some discreet roof rails and what seem to be vertical taillights, though we could be wrong on this, as the back end is not visible at all.

Rather strangely for a supposed modern-day machine, this minivan rides on tiny wheels, and its overall proportions look odd. Nevertheless, with a bit more pixel manipulation, it might be on to something. Still, we have to stress that Ford is not interested in anything that’s not a crossover or a light commercial vehicle with the occasional electric twist. Not when it comes to North America, anyway. But do you think reviving the Windstar name and launching a new minivan would be smart? And would you buy one if they did?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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