Ford will introduce the seven-passenger C-Max minivan to the North American market in 2012, a vehicle that is smaller than most current minivans in an effort aimed at young families.
The 2012 C-Max is expected to hit US roads in late 2011. Though pricing has not been finalized it is expected to start from $20,000.
The C-Max is part of Ford’s global small vehicle strategy, which includes developing at least 10 models based on the platform that underpins the Focus and selling 2 million vehicles annually by 2012.
For US, the basic C-MAX will come with a 2.5 liter DOHC iVCT inline 4-cylinder engine, an engine that will have an total output of 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. The C-Max also represents the North American debut of Ford’s new 1.6-liter Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder, an optional engine with variable cam timing and direct injection.
The C-Max has two sliding side doors and a rear gate that can be unlocked and opened by activating sensors under the rear bumper.