2011 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Focus-based, Euro-design Ford people mover heads to the U.S.
- C-Max offers flexible seating for seven in a compact package.
- New family-friendly feature: Hands-free liftgate.
DETROIT — Ford Motor Company's C-Max, a compact seven-passenger people mover based on the Focus and designed in Europe, will make its North American debut in early January at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
At 178 inches long, the C-Max is about the same length as a 2012 Focus sedan, with standard seating for five, plus a third row with two smaller seats.
The C-Max will be the first vehicle in North America to offer Ford's 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, a turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline unit that provides the output of much larger conventional engines, with significantly better fuel economy.
The standard engine in the C-Max will be a normally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Both engines will come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
Two intriguing new options on the C-Max include active park assist, which automatically steers the vehicle into a parallel parking space, and a hands-free power liftgate, which is activated by running your leg under the rear bumper while your key fob remains in your pocket.
Edmunds.com says: No word yet on pricing, but expect the compact C-Max to retail for nearly as much as a conventional minivan. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent