Ford will be previewing the Ford iosis MAX Concept at the Geneva Motor Show which is set to kick start in a couple of hours time. Although the hot hatch concept is officially called a “compact multi-activity vehicle or MAV”, it is said to preview the styling cues of next generation Ford Focus. It was also revealed that the next Ford Focus will also be sold in the United States, meaning the same vehicle for both continents. The front which highlights Ford’s Kinetic styling language does seem to look like the out going Focus which was recently launched for the Malaysian market.

With sliding rear doors, the iosis MAX Concept is also treated to a glass roof finish as well as a two-piece rear hatch opening. On the outside, it looks really good, the only thing I would prefer not to have is the huge lower grille up front, however the rest is spot on. The outrageous, edgy interior is treated to lightweight “floating” seats which are designed to look like humans.

The centre console surface acts as a touch-screen display to control the vehicle’s infotainment systems, like a three-dimensional version of the approach used on the latest touch-screen mobile phones. Information such as sat-nav instructions or details of an incoming phone call are displayed on the console when required using projectors mounted beneath the surface.

To control these functions, there are; a rotary control at the bottom of the console as well as a mouse-like controller in front of the central armrest. Even other controls such as indicators or wipers can be activated by voice. Images from the rear-view camera system are presented in a colour display in a separate binnacle at the top of the console. There is also ample space for the trunk area, while the rear seats can be folded down to increase the space.

Under the hood of hatch which sits on 19 inch wheels, there is a 178HP 1.6 litre EcoBoost 4 cylinder petrol power plant with turbocharging and direct injection which is said to be more efficient in terms of fuel economy by 20% over an engine of a similar displacement.

The engine is fitted with an auto-Start-Stop system and an intelligent alternator. It is also mated to a 6 speed Ford PowerShift double-clutch automated manual gearbox. No other performance figures were released but Ford mentioned that the engine releases 125 grams of harmful emissions per kilometer.

In the production form, expect front-hinged rear doors, and tamed head light and tail light design. Also expect the interior to be fully replaced by a more modest looking one. Thus far, it looks great! Continue reading to view a high-res image gallery.

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