Ford's brand values to a whole new level. Its stunning appearance is complemented by highly advanced small-capacity turbocharged powerplants. Hints at the appearance of the car were provided by the Iosis Max Concept which Ford showcased at the Geneva Motor Show last month. The Ford focus got its styling inspiration from this car.
The new front section of the hatch gets a smooth design together with a large lower grill and elongated headlamps. Aggressive design lines flow naturally from the edges of the grill reaching back to the A-pillars. At the rear section, more Iosis MAX inspiration can be observed such as high tail, more angular C-pillars and quite attractive rear lights.
The appearance is rounded off by large wheel arches and short overhangs giving the new model a more muscular posture. There are intimations that it will come with a glass roof. In the interior, it is expected to come with a milder version of the stunning cabin of the concept with a new central console equipped with an enhanced variant of the company's Human Machine Interface control system. A camera for reversing will be included as one of the options.
In the underbelly of the car is a newly developed chassis, implying that the new hatch will unlikely be larger in size. The focus of the hatch will be on ride and enhancement without compromising sharp steering and driver charm which are well-known elements with the Ford Focus. Engine lineup will mainly be new turbocharged EcoBoost units.
For the entry-level models, the source of power will be a 1.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine that produces 89bhp or 108bhp with majority of the versions receiving a new 1.6-liter turbo coming with 148bhp or 178bhp power yields.
These engines will offer a combination of power, economy and low CO2 emissions. Diesel units will also be offered such as the 1.6 TDCi which can produce up to 128bhp and a flagship 2.0-liter producing 168bhp or 197bhp.
All these powerplants are coupled with the standard manual gearbox, although Ford will also make available its Powershift twin-clutch transmission. The famous start-stop technology will be going out across the range also. Reports received point to 2010 as the simultaneous release of the Ford Focus and C-MAX compact MPV.
Both cars have been developed simultaneously and could be offered in all Ford makets around the globe. The Ford Focus will be produced in Saarlouis, Germany, while the C-MAX, which is to be offered as a seven-seater for the first time, will be assembled at Valencia in Spain. Both vehicles will be keeping in step with the Fiesta model which will hit Chinese markets this year and the US next year.