Ford unveiled the 2012 C-Max at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show but before there’s any confusion, the carmaker wants to make it clear that the “Grand” forename (Grand C-MAX) has been dropped from the latest European-designed MPV to reach the American market.
The C-Max has a "five-plus-two" seating configuration, providing sufficient room for four adults to sit comfortably while at the back, there are two small seats that children can occupy.
This vehicle was designed so that the second-row middle seat folds out of sight into a compartment under the adjacent right seat cushion. This clears a passageway to the third row seating. In addition, both rear seating rows fold flat to accommodate bigger cargo loads.
A 2.5-liter engine powers the base model. The Fusion is also powered by this engine, which delivers 168hp and 167 pound-feet of torque (226 Nm) and only comes with an automatic six-speed transmission. At the Detroit Show, Ford is also set to display the all-new 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four, which generates 180 hp and 173 lb-ft (234 Nm) of torque.
The C-Max will be offered in three trim levels: S, SE and SEL. In a recent press release to present the C-MAX, Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas, said that the Ford C-MAX proves how the One Ford plan “continues to deliver the high-quality, fuel-efficient products people really want.”
Fields also said that the C-MAX is “just right” for customers in North America who want a vehicle that offers “stylish, flexible transportation and life-enhancing technology” as standard.