It’s the eve of the Geneva motor show and Ford has unveiled this, the Iosis-MAX concept, at a press conference in the centre of town.
The car is the latest incarnation of Ford’s Kinetic design language and points the way for a new generation of global compact family cars due in 2010, likely starting with either C-Max or Focus.
Significant features include a vaguely coupe-esque side window design, long wrap-around rear lights and an all-new five-bar-grille front end. Along with a full-length glass roof and that unique yellow paint, these will all likely make production.
The concept also shows off a split rear tailgate that works in a similar way to that of the Skoda Superb and sliding rear doors that pop open to give you a decent view of the interior (and almost always get binned once the real car gets past the drawing board).
Inside, there’s Star Wars-style dash with more than a hint of X-Wing about it and an all-new new touch-screen interface. This’ll obviously get toned down for production, mind, along with the four netted carbon-fibre chairs – likely to be replaced by a conventional five- or maybe even seven-seat layout.
The new global C-segment cars will ultimately offer a choice of powertrains including petrol, petrol-electric, diesel and plug-in electric, but the show car was previewing Ford’s new EcoBoost engine. It’s a 178bhp petrol turbo with automatic stop-start and a VW DSG-style Powershift twin-clutch gearbox, likely to appear on Mondeo and S-Max within the next year or so.
But let’s set the detail aside. What’s important about this car is that it shows us a glimpse of how Ford cars will look in the future and the big question is: do you like it? Answers below please…