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Ford Iosis X concept car (2006): first official pictures

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 00:00:00 -0700

By Ben Barry

First Official Pictures

28 September 2006 03:58

Iosis X: the lowdown

Meet one of the Paris Motor Show’s most flamboyant stars: the Ford Iosis X. It’s billed as a crossover concept vehicle which builds on the genes laid down by last year’s Frankfurt star, the Iosis. The Iosis ultimately morphed into the new Mondeo, as featured in the November issue of CAR magazine (out 2 October). And the production version of the Iosis X is due to hit showrooms in 2008, to take on Japanese soft-roaders such as the Toyota Rav4.

Think Judge Dredd on a skiing holiday and you’ll have the Iosis X ethos pretty much nailed. Like its predecessor, the Iosis X experiments with Ford’s new ‘kinetic design’ language with its bold, sculpted detailing and strikingly clean surfaces, as pioneered by Ford Europe’s executive design director Martin Smith. The challenge, says Ford, has been to develop ‘kinetic design’ on a high-packaged body – something they’ve achieved and then some.

By Ben Barry