Advances in sound systems, radio and satellite navigation has led to the Blue Oval designing new systems for its all-new C-Max five-seat MPV and its larger sibling, the seven-seat Grand C-Max.
The models now include Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and voice control. This means the climate control system can be turned off and on by simply speaking to it.
It also enables hands-free calls and allows iPod, MP3 player or USB sticks to be linked to the car’s audio system.
Ford has teamed up with electronics giant Sony on higher spec Zetec models to provide a new audio system complete with six speakers and a DAB tuner.
Titanium models of the MPVs will go one step further, with a Sony control panel, nine speakers, MP3 playback and satellite navigation with 3D views and a rear view camera to help parking.
Ford will also introduce DAB radio as standard for the first time in a Ford car in preparation for the digital switchover, which aims to have DAB in all cars as standard by 2013.
The chief executive of Digital Radio UK, who is fittingly named Ford Ennals, said: “Drivers love listening to digital radio in their car so we welcome Ford’s announcement that 100 per cent of the market leading C-MAX range will have digital radio fitted as standard."
Aimed at families, the C-Max and larger Grand C-Max are based on Ford’s new global platform and boast new styling, more equipment and more efficient engines.
These include a 1.6-litre Ford Ecoboost direct-injection petrol engine and two completely updated 1.6- and 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel engines.
The smaller of the two diesels offers class-leading emissions levels of 129g/km, while the EcoBoost petrol returns an impressive 154g/km without sacrificing power.
Ford’s all-new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX are on sale now at Perrys Ford dealers, priced from just £16,745 for the C-MAX Zetec and £18,745 for the Grand C-MAX Zetec.