• Oct 9th 2010 at 7:57PM
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2012 Ford Grand C-Max: Disappearing middle seat – Click above to watch video after the jump

We recently spent some time with the 2012 Ford Grand C-Max and came away with mixed feelings about it. It's an excellent compact minivan, but that's a low-volume segment and we're unsure of how well the Grand C-Max will sell here. One particular feature we do know people will be impressed by is the disappearing middle seat found in the second row.

Ford engineers designed the Grand C-Max so that the second-row middle seat folds out of sight into a compartment under the adjacent seat cushion. Doing so opens up a clear passageway to the third row seating. Also, both rear seating rows fold flat to accommodate sizable cargo loads. To see it all in action, check out the video after the jump.

Photos copyright ©2010 Chris Paukert / AOL

[Source: Ford via YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahhhhh, quite magical indeed.
      Ben B
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the power folding seats design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nifty. I would probably be super excited about this if I were in the market for this sort of vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am in the market for something like this in about 3 years, and while my current favorite is the handsome Mazda5, its 2011 restyle leaves me cold. I can't say I'm particularly warm to the catfish mouth of the C-Max, though, so I'm hoping someone else (Honda, maybe?) will come out with a mini-minivan soon. I'd like more choices in this category. I need to haul 3 kids, but I'd like to do it in something economical with a manual transmission option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How long is that cargo area with all the seats folded? I wish people would post dimensions. Unless you are looking at the Honda dog site (in Japanese!) all you see are cubic numbers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like this vehicle, but really, how often does anyone have the need to haul 6 people around? I would stick a bench in the back and instead of the 3rd row, finish out the back with a usuable cargo area.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Would folks commonly carry 6 around in this vehicle? Probably not.

        But Ford knows what it is doing - the 3rd row buckets, and 2nd row buckets with the disappearing center seat - is great for a family with two kids.

        Two center row car seats + disappearing middle means you can tote 3 adults + 2 car seats and still have a smidge of cargo room (via the split fold 3rd row).

        A 2nd row bench means it will be as useful for carrying passengers as any other sedan/hatch = i.e. not an alternative to minivans or 3 row crossovers.

        If you need to haul 2 car seats and an occasional 5th passenger, the offerings are rather thin. Kids need to be in some sort of bulky seat till at least 8 years old, so folks in this demo have a long buy cycle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, make this thing wit the turbo 5, 6 speed manual, tote a kid or 3 and handle a set of R compounds I'd be on this like a dad on crack.

      Someday there will be the perfect taxi/track car. Someday.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it gets enough advertising, they could easily sell this to the US. Compare the mileage to the Caravan, and people will be sold.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sure this is neat, but my 08 toyota highlander has this same feature, and u can replace it with a container/cupholder thing too, its nothing really new.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's fairly neat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's really neat! Was that middle magic thingy really on the Mazda5? Regardless, it's pretty awesome. The second row does look cramped, but maybe it's adjustable. The Rondo set the standard for second row comfort, in my opinion, so it'll be interesting to compare this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty impressed by that. The extra protection that fold out at the end for the seat backs is a nice touch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Having a flat loading surface makes a big difference when loading long heavy items into a vehicle, without that flap you're left with gaps between the rear and middle seats, where things can get stuck.

        That flap is a good thing, plus it's not as if it really adds much cost to the vehicle, just extra interest to those who need the extra hauling space.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't get that extra flap. Doing that just makes all the flaps thinner and will feel more flimsy. For what, to only partially cover the hole between the seats?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It still isn't flat. Look at the pictures.


        Below the bottom of video frame, there is another cap between the rear seats and trunk which is only covered by carpet. Trying to bump your flat pack furniture across this gap will be your biggest obstacle. Once you get across this gap, it'll form a stable floor such that getting over the 2nd gap is nothing.

        And the flaps don't fix this gap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Origami Ford.
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