Ford is working on a redesigned version of the compact C-MAX. The current generation of this tall wagon has been on sale in Europe since 2003, and the new design will borrow cues from its big brother S-MAX and recently launched Kuga SUV. The C-MAX will sit on a totally new platform from the upcoming third-generation Focus. This association with the Focus also means that is likely to be one of the European designs that Ford will bring to the U.S. (either by import, or possibly build in North America.)
Under the hood Ford will place the same engines as in the current generation, with a range of 1.6 and 2.0-liter gas and diesel units, including a low-emission ECOnetic oil-burner. Ford’s new EcoBoost line-up is also a possibility. The engine will be mated to a standard six speed manual transmission or Ford’s new twin-clutch semi-automatic Powershift box available as an option. Sales should begin in Europe by 2010.