Engine that will ‘put a smile on your face’

FORD will roll out the much-lauded 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine in the C-Max and Grand C-Max this month.

The five-seat C-Max will be able to reach 55.4mpg with both the 99bhp and 123bhp versions of the diminutive engine, while the seven-seat Grand C-Max is almost as efficient, with 54.3mpg. CO2 emissions are 117g/km and 119g/km respectively.

After considerable sales success in the Focus, Ford is expanding the range of models in which the engine will be available.

Roelant de Waard, vice president of marketing, sales and service for Ford of Europe, says: “People love this engine - it puts a smile on your face when you drive and it’s amazingly fuel-efficient.

“It’s already very popular on the new Focus, so it makes a lot of sense to offer it in the C-Max and Grand C-Max as soon as possible.”

A new range-topping Titanium X trim level has also been added to the two C-Max ranges. Standard features include a panoramic roof, xenon headlamps, partial leather seats with heated fronts, power driver seat, new style 17in alloy wheels and, in the five-seat C-MAX, a handy rear seat bench that slides backwards and forwards to provide more legroom or more boot space.

There will also be Ford’s in-car connectivity system, Sync, with emergency assistance and optional advanced driver assistance technologies including active city stop, lane-keeping aid, lane-departure warning, auto high beam, driver alert and traffic sign recognition.