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by Matt Brogan

Ford will reveal enhancements to many of its existing models alongside final versions of its C-Max and Grand C-Max at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

The Ford stage is set to feature revised variants of the Ford Kuga, Ford Mondeo, Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy.

Kicking off the show will be Ford’s new five-seat C-Max or seven-seat Grand C-Max people movers. Both vehicles featuring twin sliding doors and an innovative seat design which aims to provide the greatest amount of space and flexibility possible. Geneva will represent the first time the C-Max’s interior has been shown.

With a coupe-like sweeping roofline which falls off to the rear, the C-Max has maintained interior comfort and practicality. Grand C-Max features a higher roofline to accommodate the additional ro of seats. Both vehicles boasts thinner, reinforced pillars allow better all-round visibility which also emphasises the feeling of space.

Staying inside, the C-Max cockpit uses the first of Ford’s next generation HMI (Human Machine Interface) system. The interface includes two five-way toggle switches on the steering wheel that control two main vehicles displays: one on the instrument cluster and the other on the top of the centre console stack. The system is said to be more intuitive and simple to operate than its predecessor allowing the driver to easily operate key vehicle features while keeping both hands on the wheel.

Under the bonnet both C-Max models feature fuel-efficient, low-CO2 powertrains that now include the new 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine and updated 1.6- and 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.

“The launch of the new C-Max range is highly significant, and shows customers worldwide that they can expect some truly exciting designs as we roll out our new global range of medium cars,” said Ford UK’s John Fleming.

“The new C-Max is just the start – with the next-generation Focus coming quickly after, we look forward to revealing more of the story in the very near future.”

Ford’s stylish new Kuga will also be on stage at Geneva, this time with updated powertrain and transmission enhancements, each designed to boost performance, improve fuel economy and CO2 performance.

With a powerful new (120kW) 2.0-litre Ford Durtorq TDCi diesel engine, the Ford Kuga now achieves a CO2 output of just 159g/km from its manual AWD model. When optioned with Ford’s new Powershift (automatic) transmission, and coupled to 103kW and 120kW engines, the CO2 figure is still a class-leading 179g/km.

The top spec 120kW engine also improves performance for Kuga with top speed increased from 180km/h to 195km/h. Acceleration has also seen an improvement with 0-100km/h times cut from 10.7 to 9.6 seconds. All engine variants also meet the latest, strict Euro V emissions standards.

Mondeo will also see the benefits of improved fuel economy and lower emissions, as well as stronger performance, thanks to the new Ford EcoBoost petrol-injection turbo and Ford Duratorq TDCI diesel engines.

The 2010 Mondeo gains the all-new (149kW) 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost SCTi petrol engine and improved Stage V 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines with outputs of 84kW, 103kW and 120kW available.

Mondeo will also receive Ford’s new Powershift six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission system, available as standard with the 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and optionally on all diesel variants.




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