Ford has announced pricing and specification details for the all-new C-Max five-seat MPV and its new seven-seat big brother, the Grand C-Max.
It’s thought the Grand C-Max will become the primary choice, with two-thirds of UK shoppers in this segment now opting for a seven-seater. To this end, the new Grand C-Max will cost from just £250 more than the previous generation five-seat C-Max that these 2010 models are replacing.
The new five-seat version is aimed at those looking for more room than a regular hatchback, but still after a sporty driving experience. Ford’s recent history says it should easily be able to deliver on this score.
New C-Max gets air-con and DAB radio as standard
Standard equipment on the entry-level Zetec trim will include air conditioning, alloy wheels, alarm and immobiliser, DAB digital radio and CD player, plus Bluetooth with USB and voice control.
The Grand C-Max also features rear parking sensors and twin sliding rear doors, which are fitted with powered child-proof locks for additional safety.
The Titanium-spec C-Max includes automatic lights and wipers, dual climate control, keyless go, hill-start assist, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control and speed limiter, tyre deflation detection system and a Sony stereo system. The Grand C-Max Titanium also has power-folding door mirrors.
Engine choices for the new C-Max range comprise three petrol engines and two TDCi turbodiesels.
A pair of naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre petrols start the line-up, offering a choice of 103bhp or 123bhp; the low powered version is not available in the Grand C-Max. CO2 emissions are 154g/km for the five-seater and 159g/km for the seven-seater. Rounding out the petrol line-up is a 1.6-litre Ecoboost turbo with 148bhp. This comes with a six-speed manual in place of the base five-speed unit, and matches the non-turbo cars for emissions.
This six-speed gearbox is also fitted to the diesel engines (a 113bhp 1.6-litre and a 138bhp 2.0-litre, which emit 119g/km and 134g/km of CO2 respectively in five-seat guise, and 129g/km and 139g/km in seven-seat guise). The 2.0-litre is also available with Ford’s dual-clutch Powershift automatic transmission.
Prices for the C-Max and Grand C-Max
The all-new Ford C-Max and Ford Grand C-Max go on sale this October.
Ford has simplified the model choice to just Zetec and Titanium specification, an approach proven by the Kuga and to a certain extent the latest S-Max and the Galaxy (these last are also available in Titanium X Sport trim). Prices start at £16,745 for the C-Max Zetec with 1.6-litre petrol engine, while the Grand C-Max is available from £18,745. The range-topping 2.0-litre diesel with Powershift auto costs from £23,245.
This looks highly competitive compared to rivals such as the Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic and Citroen C4 Picasso/Grand Picasso.
The same platform and technology underpinning these new Ford MPVs also forms the basis of the third-generation Ford Focus hatchback – more details about this car will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show later this month.