Focus C-MAX extends the Focus range, building on its acknowledged strengths. It is a sleek, stylish and spacious new vehicle that combines roominess, interior flexibility and comfort with the class-leading driving dynamics and latest-generation powertrain line-up that have come to exemplify the Ford Focus.
A taller but extremely stiff body structure gives the car not only the interior roominess that customers have come to expect in this segment, but strength and stiffness to take whatever the road has to offer – a clear Focus hallmark.
Above all, Focus C-MAX has been engineered for a premium driver and passenger environment with high seating position, interior comfort and flexibility for five people with luggage, without sacrificing Focus-like ride comfort, steering, handling and braking capabilities.
"We believe the five-seat configuration – with the availability of our flexible rear seating system to provide even more room when just two adults are in the back seats – better meets the wants of our target customers, few of whom have the need to transport seven people," said Derrick Kuzak, Vice President, Product Development, Ford of Europe. "Above all, we did not want to compromise on the attributes which these customers value most – stylish and ergonomic design and car-like driving characteristics."
The Focus C-MAX will be launched later in 2003 with two all-new common-rail turbo-diesel engines, a new 6-speed transmission, and a new Duratec HE petrol engine.
With the introduction of Focus C-MAX, the Ford Focus range features three-door and five-door hatchbacks, a four-door saloon, a station wagon, two performance derivatives and now a modern family vehicle. Its broad appeal – a key to the enduring popularity of the Ford Focus – is now even greater.
Focus C-MAX fits neatly into the Ford range between the new Ford Fusion and seven-seat Ford Galaxy MPV. These models, plus Ford Maverick, the Tourneo Connect dual-use vehicle and Tourneo eight- or nine-seat executive bus, give Ford an unparalleled range of products aimed at passenger movement and space.
Stylish And Aerodynamic
"We designed the Focus C-MAX to look sporty, solid and modern. Its character line, running from bumper to bumper over the side window gives the vehicle a unique silhouette that signals its Focus dynamic heritage without compromising on premium interior spaciousness."
Chris Bird, Director of Design, Ford of Europe