Geneva motor show 2010 - Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max

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Ford C-Max
Ford C-Max
The all-new C-Max is only a few months away, and unlike the current model, a seven-seater ‘Grand’ version will also be offered.

What is it?
The latest, revised version of Ford's popular MPV.

What's new?
Ford's C-Max follows the example set by Renault with the Scenic and Citroen with the C4 Picasso. Uniquely, Ford has devised two different door and seat arrangements to ensure access and versatility aren't compromised in either version. The five-seater C-Max will have conventionally hinged rear doors and a seat layout similar to that in the present car, while the larger Grand C-Max has sliding rear doors and what's described as 'an innovative new seating concept'.

This involves a middle centre-row seat that can be slid beneath either of the outer ones to create a walk-through to the rear. All the middle- and back-row seats fold individually to create an increasingly large, flat load deck. The rear seats in the shorter model are divided 40-20-40 and allow the centre portion to be stowed away and the outer parts to be shifted diagonally rearwards to create a roomy four-seater. Again, there is full fold-flat capability.

What else?
Both versions are based on a new mid-sized platform that will eventually be the bedrock of up to two million Fords a year, including the next Focus (on show for the first time here at Geneva). The C-Max twins will be the first to use it, with UK sales kicking off in November.

The five-door is identical to the coupe-like Iosis Max concept car from last year's Geneva show, apart from the lights, grilles and door handles. The seven-seater is taller and longer, with a stretched wheelbase to ensure good head- and legroom in all three rows, and slimmer roof pillars for better visibility. Blind-spot warning, semi-automatic parallel parking, rear seatbelt sensors and a power-operated tailgate and child locks will be available to boost safety and convenience.

The front of the cabin is identical in both versions and takes its lead from the fashionable new Fiesta, although the seating position is higher and the gearlevers are mounted high in the dashboard within easy reach. The dash is wing-shaped and blends into the door trims and centre console, while the centre console area borrows from the mobile phone-inspired layout in the Fiesta.

The cockpit of the C-Max represents the next generation of Ford's human machine interface (HMI) system. There are two five-way toggle switches on the steering wheel, which control two main vehicle displays: one in the instrument cluster and the second mounted in the centre console. This system allows the driver to operate a number of key features without taking their hands off the steering wheel.

The engines
The first of Ford's new Ecoboost direct-injection petrol turbo engines takes centre stage in the engine line-up. It's a 1.6-litre unit that's already showing a 20% improvement in economy and CO2 emissions compared with its similarly powerful conventional engines.

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