Test shots reveal
25 August 2009

The new Ford C-Max has been spied hot weather testing, ahead of its unveiling at next month's Frankfurt motor show.

The car clearly takes styling cues from the Iosis Max concept (see picture gallery), and it will be available in both five and seven seat versions, with the styling of the two model significantly different.

See the Ford C-Max spy pictures and Iosis Max concept photos here

Video - Ford Iosis Max concept driven

One of the most dramatic features of the concept was the sliding doors and these shots show they will make it to production.

However, the rest of the car is considerably toned down, looking more like an evolution of the current conservatively-styled C-Max.

Iosis Max shows next Ford C-Max

The sliding doors are only likely to feature on the seven-seater long wheelbase C-Max and, unlike the concept, there will be a conventional B-pillar.

The C-Max will be the second Ford, after the S-Max, to get a 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine, the company’s turbocharged direct injection economy engines.

Inside expect novel seating and storage and a more sculptured dashboard. Both five and seven-seat C-Max models will be unveiled at the Frankfurt show next month.

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Our Verdict

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The Ford C-Max MPV is as much fun to drive as it is easy to live with, if you're more interested in storage than the driving dynamics you'll find in an SUV

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25 August 2009

Autocar.... Since when have sliding doors been dramatic ?. The Nissan Prarie of 1983 had sliding doors was that dramatic or the Pug 806/C8/Fiat Ulysees dramatic. The 1006 has proved that by adding this type of door you are limiting the rear style of the car, the only benifit to sliding doors is getting out of the rear in a supermarket car park or being able to put a child in a car seat with out hitting the car door next to you.

Dramatic they aint.

25 August 2009

C'mon Ford haters. Aren't the shut lines terrible on this car?

I bet it won't last a fortnight and will lose its value the very nano second it leaves the showroom.

If I want an autonomous car, I'll take a taxi.

25 August 2009

Sliding doors are one thing that i reckon my Grand Scenic needs, when you can't get baby spaces because of the all the disabled parked in them you find that normal spaces leave with barely any room to get baby seats out and people park inches from you too which doesn't help.

25 August 2009

[quote daddy 3]Autocar.... Since when have sliding doors been dramatic ?........[/quote]

I said exactly this in the last article they did about this car. Proves the internet editorial team don't read the comments made. Either that or they've employed one of the dramatic copy writers from Auto Express!

I think they were referring to the dramatic doors on the concept, which this car certainly doesn't retain. These are standard sliding doors, the same that can be found on the Mazda 5.



It's all about the twisties........

25 August 2009

It sure is dumpy! Could those wheel-arches be any smaller? It's going to need some 'dramatic' body creases to make it look good...

25 August 2009

Should have stuck with conventional doors. Sure sliding doors are good for access and in parking where there isn't a lot of room but I think it makes the appearance of the thing a lot worse.

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