The prototype captured in these spy images is using a current model’s stretched bodyshell and its rear track is slightly wider.

The current Ford C-Max was first launched in Europe back in 2003 and was treated with a mild facelift last year as part of its mid-cycle upgrade. New prototypes of the C-Max spotted in Germany suggest that Ford is already conducting public road-tests of the next-generation model due sometime in 2010. The next C-Max will first go on sale as a 2011 model in Europe but this version is also expected to be sold in North America for the first time. The prototype captured in these spy images is using a current model’s stretched bodyshell and its rear track is slightly wider.

Based on Ford’s European Focus platform, the new C-Max will likely share most of its engines with the updated hatchback range. This means a series of engines ranging in displacement from 1.4L up to 2.0L. The potent 2.5L turbocharged engine from the Focus is unlikely to appear in the new C-Max. New European models such as the Kuga crossover and new C-Max are expected to make their way to North America. CEO Alan Mulally and product development boss Derrick Kuzak have both hinted at bringing over Ford’s European lineup to the U.S. and such a move also ties in with the company’s latest global engineering strategy.

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