Ford has just released some photos and information on the next generation C-Max which will be shown in a couple of weeks at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The C-Max is the tall wagon MPV variant of the Focus that has been available in Europe for some time. There will eventually be two different variants, the shorter five-passenger version shown here and a longer three-row, seven-passenger model.
The big news is that when the C-Max goes into production in the second half of next year it will be among the first vehicles to use the 1.6-liter EcoBoost four cylinder. The 1.6-liter will likely be rated at somewhere in the 170-180 hp range. That engine will spread across many of the compact to mid-size vehicles in Ford's global lineup, including the new Focus also coming next year and probably the next gen Fusion/Mondeo. The good news is that we are getting the new Focus here in North America and at least one of the C-Max variants. The C-Max is likely to form the basis of Ford's upcoming passenger EV that debuts in 2011.
FRANKFURT DEBUT FOR ALL-NEW FORD C-MAX:
STYLISH AND VERSATILE
COLOGNE, Germany, September 4, 2009 – Ford of Europe has released the first official images of the all-new Ford C-MAX, which will make its global debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The show opens to the public between September 17 and 27, 2009.
The new Ford C-MAX takes its design cues from the stunning iosis MAX concept car unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, and brings new levels of style and desirability to the compact multi-activity vehicle (MAV) market.
Departing from usual MAV thinking by using Ford's 'kinetic design' styling language to adopt a more dynamic passenger-car look, the new model features a coupé-like, sweeping roofline while still retaining the established Ford C-MAX hallmarks of comfort, space, and practicality.
The new Ford C-MAX will introduce a host of new technologies to the Ford range, including an all-new 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost direct injection petrol engine and other advanced features to enhance convenience and safety such as semi-automatic parallel parking and a blind-spot detection system.
The Ford C-MAX will be launched in the second half of 2010 and is the first in a new generation of global vehicles developed from Ford's new C-segment platform, scheduled for introduction over the next several years. The global range will also include the all-new Ford Focus coming in late 2010.
Further details about the new Ford C-MAX will be released at Ford's Frankfurt press conference at 11.00 hrs (CET) on 15 September.
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