Ford dropped some heavy hints of the look and technology of its next family of Focus models with the unveiling of the Iosis Max concept at Geneva.
The car is dubbed a ‘multi- activity vehicle’, which hints at a successor to the Focus-based C-MAX model due to arrive next year. However, the front-end styling will form the basis of
the next Focus range too, due in 2011.
Under the skin, the Iosis Max also debuts Ford’s new family of environmentally-friendly engines. Called EcoBoost, the new engines will feature turbocharging and direct injection to deliver fuel economy which is claimed to be 20% better than today’s
petrol engines despite offering a similar output.
Ford will begin phasing in the EcoBoost engines next year. The Iosis Max’s engine is a 1.6-litre petrol unit with a stop-start system to cut the engine when the car is idling.
It also features a six-speed Powershift automated manual gearbox with ratios tailored for maximum fuel efficiency. As a result, Ford claims the 180bhp Iosis Max will deliver CO2 emissions of 125g/km.
Ford Iosis Max Concept
CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.