• Sep 11, 2009
2010 Ford Grand C-Max - Click above for high-res image gallery

Last week, we gave you a sneak peek at Ford of Europe's new 2011 C-Max people mover. That Iosis Max-inspired "compact multi-activity vehicle" will officially debut in a few days at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the company's new global C-platform architecture that will underpin the next Ford Focus, the 2011 Ford C-Max will be powered by a new 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Beyond that we don't know much else about this tall hatch. What we do know is that it will be joined at the Messe by a bigger brother.
This morning, word (and official images) leaked out about the seven-seat, sliding door, extended version seen here – the 2010 Ford Grand C-Max. Looking a lot like its little sibling, the Grand C-Max is based on the same platform, with an extended wheelbase to house its three rows of seats. The greenhouse also gets tweaked in the taffy-pulling exercise, as does the roof. The biggest change is the use of the sliding rear doors, which make this Grand C-Max more like the Mazda5. We'll have further information as it's released and plenty of live pictures from Frankfurt when it is officially unveiled. Until then, check out the gallery below.



[Source: Ford via WorldCarFans]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Comparing it to the Mazda 5 is like saying what came first the chicken or the egg... Mazda built it's 5 on the idea of the C-Max mk1.... Even the 5 is styled like the C-Max....

        • 5 Years Ago
        the issue is, of course, the C-max isn't available in the States. The Mazda5 sells out, with 0 marketing other than the Mazda corporate name recognition. If Ford sold this....

        I honestly didn't even know about the 5, until I started looking for cars and took Autoblog's advice to look at Mazda. 3 rows, handles like a car, and loaded for $23k?? Ours is Stormy Blue :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, nice design...bring that here with the new Focus and call it the Focus-Max or something...Looks good in and out, even has a Manual!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the Grand C-MAX a whole lot better than the regular C-MAX. While the regular one looks good in its own right, this Grand model looks so good with the sliding doors mixed with the great cues that it almost makes its little brother look...odd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior looks almost too close to the upcoming 2011 Hyundai Elantra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will just be waiting in the wings as gas prices creep back up. Ford is positioned to move this car into production here thanks to the new North American Focus and Fiesta plants. If the Focus and Fiesta are sucessful, this will be the next move.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just build the damn thing here in the states.

      Mazda cannot make enough of its 5 minivan.

      Ford needs more models, this would be a hit here in the states!!

      Is anyone listening!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I did some research on this subject and found that US consumers are finally beginning to look at cars that are smaller in size, but well equipped and intelligently packaged. Meaning it's all about maximizing the room inside a smaller car without sacrificing the safety.

        It all comes down to people not wanting heavy cars anymore, even crossovers are somewhat diminished in popularity, then obviously SUVs, trucks, minivans i.e. Odyssey. Only type of a non-sedan vehicle that's in heavily in demand is a Ford Escape (soft-roader).

        In my view MPVs have a big future in US. Furthermore, the whole mentality of buying the most metal for least money is going away in a hurry. Companies that position their portfolios with this in mind will benefit tremendously in 2-3 years' time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, but MPVs of this size aren't common in the US.
        It's much roomier and more versatile than a Fit, but is dwarfed by U.S.-sized minivans.
        This thing would look pint-sized parked next to a Honda Odyssey or Toyota minivan.

        The only direct competition to this vehicle were it sold here would be... I guess the Kia Rondo? And when was the last time you saw one of THOSE on the road?

        So sorry, pals, I'm not sure it's a convincing sell for the U.S. outside the confines of enthusiast blogs. I'd rather have the Citroen anyways.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford did announce in May they would bring the C-Max to the U.S. So if it does well and consumers end up looking for a little more space than what the C-Max offers then maybe you'll see the Grand C-Max.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford, bring it to Mexico!! we already get the Eurofocus why not the C-Max.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Probably it's too small for the American market, which will always puts a premium on size. But I dare say this will be very popular in Europe. As has been intimated though, the Citroen C3 Picasso does the same job, and is better looking. No sliding rear doors on the Citroen though; but then we (Europeans) have vanny type cars that do the same job for even less money, and the same convenience.

      Different perceptions. Different solutions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice alternative to a crossover.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are there going to be any actual 'reveals' AT Frankfurt?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great. That interior is amazing on the Grand C-Max. Too bad the Mazda5 looks that good. Maybe this could come over here. Better than any minivan here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was shopping a Mazda5 earlier this week. My requirements were something with decent handling, can hold a 56cm bike inside without screwing with it beyond dropping the front wheel, and hold a child seat. Mega bonus points for a standard. The 5 would have been perfect if the roofline was about 1" taller... failed the bike test. Still, the standard was listed at the dealership (ie: the not even haggling price) at $16,995. Great car for the money.
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