07 September 2009

Max-y jazz

Ford’s all-new C-Max heads to Frankfurt with swoopy styling and lots of new tech

Ford C-Max

This is the new Ford C-Max, set to debut in Frankfurt next week to do battle with the Citroen C4 Picasso and Renault Scenic.
 
Like its French rivals, it’ll be available in five- and seven-seat guise. The car you’re looking at here is the five-seater: the bigger C-Max will feature slightly different exterior styling and sliding rear doors.
 
The C-Max is based on the latest generation of Ford’s C-segment platform, which will also underpin the next Focus and Kuga.
 
Though tech details are scarce, Ford has confirmed that the C-Max will get a new 1.6-litre ‘EcoBoost’ direct injection petrol engine, and plenty of exciting electronic flim-flammery including semi-automatic parallel parking and a blind-spot detection system.
 
It’s a smart looking thing, too. The C-Max carries over a bunch of the styling cues from the Iosis-MAX concept revealed at the Geneva show earlier this year, and blends them with elements of Fiesta and Kuga.
 
That swept-back roofline is much more extreme than anything we’ve seen in the MPV segment before, while Ford is promising that the C-Max’s interior will be far more upmarket than the cabins of its rivals.
 
We’ll get a better look at the C-Max in Frankfurt next week before it goes on sale in the UK in the middle of next year.

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