Ford is boosting its offering of family-oriented MPVs with a new seven-seat Grand C-Max model.
The new MPV was revealed at the Frankfurt motor show today and it is a long-wheelbase version of the five-seat C-Max, which was also launched at Frankfurt and will go on sale in autumn 2010.
The Grand C-Max will slot between the C-Max five-seater and the S-Max to battle compact seven-seaters such as the Renault Grand Scenic and VW Touran. Ford is hoping to score a similar sales success to that of the S-Max, which doubled Ford’s UK sales of MPVs and cut into the share of the market-leading Renault Espace.
Based on the next-generation Focus platform, the seven-seat Grand C-Max features a 150mm stretch to accommodate a third row of seats. It also has a pair of sliding rear doors, a first for a Ford passenger car, and an optional powered tailgate.
In the second row of three seats it has a novel arrangement for the central chair, which tumble-folds and then stores inside the neighbouring seat to open a central aisle through the cabin.