Ford C-Max, Grand C-Max prices revealed

Both MPVs will join Ford’s range in October, and Ford has reduced the price of an entry-level C-Max 1.6-litre petrol Zetec by £250 over the outgoing version.

While the entry-level Grand C-Max is slightly more expensive than the previous version, the anticipated most popular model, the 115PS 1.6-litre diesel version, is £750 less than the outgoing model.

Ford has also cut emissions and improved fuel economy on its five-strong engine range, made up of three petrol and two diesel engines matched to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The only engine offered with Ford’s all-new Powershift automatic gearbox is the 2.0-litre TDCi Grand C-Max – the most expensive model in the range at £23,245.

Equipment levels have been expanded in both the five-seat C-Max and larger seven-seat Grand C-Max, although under Ford’s new simplistic pricing policy, only entry-level Zetec and Titanium trim levels will be offered with both models.

Standard equipment on all models includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, DAB radio/CD and Bluetooth with USB connectivity and voice control, while the Grand C-MAX has powered child-proof locks on the rear dual sliding doors, and rear parking sensors.

Titanium specification models add cruise control, hill launch assist, temperature control and auto front wipers and headlamps.

The Ford C-Max and the larger Ford Grand C-Max were released in 2003 and quickly became one of the most popular models in the compact MPV segment. Offering practicality but the dimensions of a small family hatch, the C-Max family offers better handling and driving dynamics than many of its rivals.

Mark Simpson, marketing director, Ford of Britain said: “When C-MAX was launched in 2003 it preserved all the brand’s most important qualities including style, comfort and driving quality, but added more flexibility and space to the Focus package.”

He added: "The new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX are priced to offer customers best value for money whilst still introducing many exciting new technologies which will feature on the all-new Focus due next year.”

One such feature is Ford’s EcoBoost technology, available in the form of the 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine supplying the same emissions as the 105 and 125PS variants of engine but with 150PS.

The technology will also appear in the new 2011 Ford Focus and will be showcased at the Paris Motor Show in the first few weeks of October.