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2012 Ford C-Max Final Specs: 2011 Detroit Auto Show Preview

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Last fall we brought you the first drive of the 2012 Ford C-Max, but since the vehicles we drove were European-spec vehicles, we've been waiting on word of the final U.S. specifications.

Today Ford's released those specs, starting with engine output in both the C-Max's standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder or in its 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four. Both chime in with 168 horsepower--with the catch that on premium fuel, the EcoBoost four ups its power to 180 hp. Both fours come with a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission standard. Fuel economy hasn't been released, but Ford execs say a 30-mpg highway target is intended for the EcoBoost engine.

In other U.S.-specific ways, the C-Max MPV reaches up to the buyers of bigger minivans with a rich mix of features and standard equipment. The five-plus-two seating arrangement stays, as do the twin sliding side doors and the fold-away middle-row, middle seat--it tucks away into the bottom cushion of the right-side seat to leave a walk-through for easier access to the third row. American buyers will be able to delete the third-row seat, Ford says.

As for other features, the C-Max will offer a capless fuel filler; an optional Sony audio system and SYNC Bluetooth-activated controls for the navigation system and the satellite and HD radio packages; a panormaic roof; and ambient lighting. For safety, a rearview camera and parking sensors will be offered as well as push-button start and active parking assist.

The C-Max also will offer the first U.S. application of foot-gesture opening for the tailgate, a technology first seen on Euro versions of the BMW 5-Series.

The 2012 C-Max arrives in showrooms late next year, but Ford promises more information at the 2011 Detroit auto show. Stay tuned.

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  1. When I see "Final Specs" I look forward to finding out about wheelbase, overall length, cargo room....etc. I guess that was a misnomer.
     
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  2. Hey, it looks like it has a remote locking fuel filler door! If so, I hope that it is retained on the U.S. version. You get these on Hondas, Toyotas, and Mazdas. So why not all Fords? To give this offering some grunt, Ford should certify for U.S. use a clean diesel version of the engine that it already offers in this vehicle in Europe.
     
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  3. Not only do these new Ford's have the remote locking fuel filler door, but there is also no cap to remove once the door opens up. Just plug the filler nozzle in, fill up with fuel, remove the nozzle and close up the filler door once again! Nice idea!
     
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  4. Correction: Didn't you mean to say 40 MPG highway with EcoBoost not 30?
    Captcha is really hard to use. This has taken way to long to do.
     
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  5. Amazing design. Is this a minivan or something? Looks like a hatchback though. It has a disappearing middle seat and it looks futuristic.
     
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  6. The Mazda 5 had all this since 2006. Nothing new here.
     
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  7. No more 7 passenger C-Max for U.S. Hybrid and Plug-In hybrid is still awesome!
     
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