Development of Audi's sporty seven-seat MPV model intended for 2016 is ongoing. This model is based on the bigger version of the modular MQB architecture of the Volkswagen Group. Peter Schwarzenbauer, the sales and marketing chief of the automaker, said that this new car will be available with six or seven seats and would be based on the Ford S-Max.
An exclusive rendering provides us with a preview of this model. Audi will be able to offer a roomy premium model at a lower price with its plan to use a longer, wider version of the MQB platform instead of the A4’s more sophisticated platform. The first time that Audi considered making an MPV model with the A4-based Roadjet concept was in 2006.
The MQB platform can be used on both front drive and four-wheel drive, says Autocar. Furthermore, the MPV will be available with a variety of transverse engines to help make the most of the interior space. Most likely, this model will be about 4500mm long. The petrol engines would stem from Audi’s EA888 lineup of 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre TFSI engines with 180bhp and 222bhp respectively.
Diesels will be based on the EA288 family while the 2.0 TDI will be available with either 141bhp or 175bhp. The version with the highest fuel economy would most likely be a hybrid model that merges a 148bhp 1.4 TFSI petrol engine with a 107bhp electric motor and battery pack. In addition, Audi could boost the performance of this new model with a 276bhp 2.0 S version. Senior sources from inside Audi implied that a new model will usher in a new strand of badging for Audi that may lead to an entirely new model line. A new naming process that starts with the letter ‘V’ (which stands for ‘Vario’), has been rejected.
The C-MAX is a new, cost-effective alternative mode of transport for growing, busy families who desire innovative technology, adaptable seat and interior room, sports performance, and class-leading fuel efficiency.
The C-MAX provides even more confirmation that the One Ford plan is continuing to deliver the superior, fuel economy products people always wanted. The C-MAX is the perfect fit for North American customers who seek fashionable, adjustable transport, and standard technology that enhances their lives.
The new C-MAX is integral to the Ford Motor Company's worldwide small vehicle plan that will bring, by 2012, to market at least ten new vehicles, two million vehicles a year, from a single C-vehicle base.
This new family compact vehicle presents a wide range of distinct features, such as an exclusive hands-free rear lift gate that is power operated, a multipurpose 5+2 seating set-up with five in the main cabin and a third row that has two smaller seats, sliding twin doors, and active park assist, an cutting-edge new system that automatically parallel parks the vehicle.
Performance with fuel economy
New C-MAX also debuts the coming of Ford's first use of the new 1.6-litre EcoBoost I-4 engine in its C-class cars in North America, providing an integration of reactive performance with better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.