• Sep 15, 2009

2010 Ford C-Max – Click above for high-res image gallery

Among the many cars available here in Europe that we pine for Stateside, you may be surprised that Ford minivans rank among them. We got a ride in the Galaxy-based S-Max on our way back from driving the new Fiesta in Tuscany and were thoroughly impressed, and from what we hear its Focus-based kid brother C-Max isn't half bad either. But today Ford unveiled a new C-Max, and we need pine no more, for the compact MPV is headed our way. At least, the seven-seat Grand C-Max version is, anyway.

Echoing Chrysler's minivans, the new C-Max is available in two formats: standard wheelbase and long-wheelbase Grand C-Max. The five-seater (green at right) has a sportier appearance with conventional rear doors, while the seven-seater (above in silver) gets sliding doors and a plane ticket across the Atlantic. Both are based on Ford's new global C-segment platform that will underpin the next-generation Focus and offer clever packaging with a compelling adaptation of the Blue Oval's kinetic design language. See for yourself in the high-res gallery of live shots below.





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny the difference between sliding and hinged doors can have on perception of how this looks. The standard car comes across as a car, where as the Grand looks like a van. I'm intrigued by these, but saddened to know that Ford isn't likely to offer the US model with that 6-speed manual...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of Mazda 5 but the rims on this C-Max are terrific looking!
        • 5 Years Ago
        True, they are both the same type of car...
        • 5 Years Ago
        it reminds you of a mazda.

        imagine that.......
      • 5 Years Ago
      really great looking - I wish there was some photos of the 3 row of seats
        • 5 Years Ago
        The previous post on the Grand C-Max has a picture that shows the
        rows of seating:
        http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/2010-ford-grand-c-max/#9

        The seats would only really be usable in a pinch since there doesn't
        appear to be very much legroom, but for little kids they'd work
        fine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1. I don't see where the third row goes in. Looks spacious, but I hope they don't up being tiny and horrible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Europe doesn't need Grand C-Max, we've got S-Max (great car) and Galaxy. The last one is unnecessary too. C-Max and S-Max are enough for Europe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford,
        Please bring S-Max and the normal C-Max to America too...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Once again Ford make a grande mistake, bring the C-max at least, and the 2 dr hatchback as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad this is coming to the States, though at least on paper (and in pics) I still prefer the Mazda5. I'll be surprised if Ford truly makes the manual tranny an option over here, but if it does the C-Max will certainly be on my shopping list, second only to the Mazda. The manual-less Rondo doesn't make the cut because it shifts on its own.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is indeed a mazda5
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brian and Matt can never miss a opportunity to bash Ford.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a segment that will grow. Once people finally understand that some wagons can be cool and not funky or uncool.

      Mazda 5 and Rondo are good signs and I see a few of these around town. Then again I live in California, the Soul is popular...

      These are perfect family cars and I'll refrain from the Mormon references but unless you need the additional space, this is fine and FITS in the garage next to your car...

      Plus loaded up it should be well under $23K

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm happy they are going to bring the C-Max to the US (and I agree that the use of Grand is getting out of hand) but I'm still left pining for the S-Max. Its much better looking and has more room. Please Ford, pretty please!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Also, notice how though Ford claims to be a "domestic" all its recent cars have been based on Mazda, Volvo, and Ford Europe platforms? Only the Mustang and the Panther are American-engineered.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you do understand that Ford is Ford right?

        You also do understand that they implemented this concept called "One Ford"
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great, but I'm still waiting on a U.S. spec Galaxy with a 2.0 Ecoboost.
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