Ford Bringing New C-Segment Offering to 2010 Geneva Motor Show

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Automakers continue to march out product announcements ahead of next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The latest is Ford, with information on several new and updated models including the C-Max, Grand C-Max, Kuga, Mondeo,v and a mystery C-segment car.

Perhaps the biggest story here is this mystery reveal. All Ford will say is that it’s a C-segment car, which means it will likely be built on the new Focus platform (Ford has, after all, promised to build as many as 10 models off of that architecture). Beyond that, we know almost nothing about the car, but we’ve heard from a few sources that it will, in fact, be a production model.

Other highlights include the addition of the new 203-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the Mondeo, where it will be mated to Ford’s six-speed dual-clutch gearbox as is standard on that model. 2.0-liter DuraTorq four-cylinder diesel engines are also available ranging in output from 113 horsepower to 138 horsepower to a new 161-horsepower model. Ford says that top-shelf oil-burner will still manage more than 53 mpg on the combined European testing cycle.

Those same diesel engines, including the high-performance 161-hp model, also find their way under the hood of the Kuga. There, they’ll be mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox and put power down to either the front wheels or all four wheels. In addition to cutting emissions significantly, that top-flight diesel also knocks a full second off the Kuga’s 0-62 mph time, dropping it to just 9.6 seconds.

Rounding out the group are the new C-Max and Grand C-Max, which both debuted in near-production form in Frankfurt back in September. At Geneva, we’ll get our first look at the five-passenger C-Max’s interior, which wasn’t finished for Frankfurt. The C-Max and Grand C-Max will be powered by either Ford’s new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine or an updated 1.6-liter DuraTorq diesel or a version of the 2.0-liter diesel mentioned above.

Source: Ford

--Scott Evans

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