Ford’s X-MAX is Ford’s latest 4X4 SUV, based on the Ford Focus platform. It is aimed at the likes of the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V – somewhat like the Ford Escape. It’s design cues are mostly based on the Ford Iosis X concept car which was shown at the Paris Motor Show in 2006.

The Ford X-MAX will be available in both two wheel drive and four wheel drive drivetrains. The 4WD version will use the Volvo V50 AWD’s transmission system, which operates in front wheel drive mode most of the time until traction is required at the rear. This positions the X-MAX most likely as a mid-range C-segment SUV, as if it is more upmarket Ford would have used the more complex 4WD system found in the Land Rover Freelander 2.

Engine variants would most likely be the same as the Focus, and the top of the range will use Ford and Volvo’s 222 horsepower 2.5 litre inline-5 turbocharged engine.