Ford Offers Look at New C-MAX in Frankfurt
By Brendan Moore
Ford Motor Co. is not to be outdone by the other unveilings of new models at the Frankfurt Auto Show this month, and has released photos of the next C-Max to the press. The new five-passenger C-MAX shows up in Europe and most other markets in 2010, when the new Ford Focus also makes its appearance, and will probably show up in the North American market in 2012.
The new C-Max takes its design inspiration from the Iosis concept car Ford showed in 2009. The MAV (multi-activity vehicle) market is a tough market in Europe, and the C-MAX brings a different style to the segment.
Ford says the new MAV uses “kinetic design” styling language to show a more visually active, dynamic car look. They add that the new model has a coupé-like, sweeping roofline while, “keeping the established Ford C-MAX hallmarks of comfort, space, and practicality.”
The available equipment in Europe for the C-MAX includes a great many comfort and convenience options, with even high-end amenities like a blind-spot detection system and a semi-automatic parallel parking system available, but if you’re in North America, don’t hold your breath on those same options being available when the vehicle is sold there – it will probably be considered too expensive for a Ford small-vehicle offering in the States and Canada.
The C-MAX will be powered by Ford’s new 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, direct-injection engine.
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