Ford will be “maximising” its Focus and Fusion ranges at the Geneva motor show with the Fusion + and Focus C-Max.

Ford will be “maximising” its Focus and Fusion ranges at the Geneva motor show with the Fusion + and Focus C-Max.

The C-Max is taller, wider, and features a longer wheelbase than the current Focus and is engineered to have a 10 per cent better torsional stiffness.

The rear seats have been built to accommodate more passengers.

The centre rear seat can slide back into the luggage compartment and the two seats flanking it can move forward, backward, and diagonally toward the centre of the vehicle. This is where the name Max comes from.

Ford said the Focus C-Max, which goes on sale towards the end of the year in Britain, is aimed at customers who want a five-seater, elegantly styled, family car with the availability of flexible seating to provide even more room when two adults are in the back seats.

"Flexibility, space and versatility are usually the enemies of style and innovation. Our target customers tell us they don't want a multi-activity vehicle that looks like a van with windows," said Peter Fleet, director of marketing, Ford of Britain. "We have not compromised on the attributes which customers value most - stylish and ergonomic design with car-like driving."

The C-MAX has a new 2,0-litre 135 PS Duratorque TDCi engine offering 99 kW of power. It is mated to an all-new six-speed transmission. A 1,8-litre petrol engine that provides 87 kW is also available.

“We designed the Focus C-Max to look sporty, solid and modern. Its character line, running from bumper to bumper over the side window, gives the vehicle a unique silhouette that signals its Focus dynamic heritage without compromising on premium interior spaciousness,” said Chris Bird, director of design at Ford of Europe.

Also on display will be a range-topping addition to Ford's small car family, the Ford Fusion Plus, badged Fusion +, which goes on sale in the middle of the year in Britain.

The exterior design enhancements of the Plus include perimeter styling kit, a unique front grille and privacy glass, DVD rear seat entertainment system with a central ceiling mounted screen, with passengers listening to the sound track via infra-red headsets. The system also has CD and MP3 capability.

It also has a rear seat centre activity console providing up to 10,7 litres of additional stowage space, plus a 12-volt rear seat power point.

There are a choice of three engines, including the 1,4-litre 68 PS Duratorq TDCi, plus a new Durashift EST model and optional Electronic Stability Programme (ESP).

Original article from Car