New, greener Ford C-Max petrol announced

The five-seat people carrier will offer lower driving costs than ever for a petrol version once the new 1.0-litre engine arrives but Ford has allayed fears over a loss of power.

The car maker will use its new EcoBoost technology to build the new engine, a term given to its breakthrough in delivering the same power as a 1.6-litre petrol but in a 1.0-litre package.

In this case the new Ford C-Max petrol will come with 125bhp and Ford is confident CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures will be ‘outstanding’.

The new Ford C-Max with the petrol engine is expected to deliver 56.5mpg of fuel economy. CO2 emissions will be in the region of 114g/km and falls into Band B of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). This means new Ford C-Max owners will not pay first year VED.

The new engine was introduced by Ford in September 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is set to be the star of Ford’s range and is expected to be used on other Ford models including the new Ford B-Max mini-MPV, which is set to go on sale later in the year.

The new Ford C-Max is available in two trim levels, Zetec and Titanium. The entry-level Zetec starts from £17,445 with the current 1.2-litre 69bhp engine.

The new 1.0-litre petrol is expected to cost more but should still come below the £20,000 mark to ensure the C-Max is competitive with five-seat MPV rivals.

The Ford C-Max made up nearly one in five of all new compact MPVs sold in the UK in 2011 and the new engine is expected to build on this success.

The new Ford C-Max was recently awarded the best MPV of 2012 title for businesses at the reader-voted BusinessCar awards.

The new Ford C-Max is available now from Perrys Ford dealerships.