While we have always anticipated the new C-MAX would adopt minivan-style sliding doors, this is the first time our spies have been able to confirm it.

Ford's 2011 C-MAX has been spotted with its rear passenger sliding door open.

While we have always anticipated the new C-MAX would adopt minivan-style sliding doors, due to the door handle position, this is the first time our spies have been able to confirm it. If you look closely at the pictures of the C-MAX in the garage, you can clearly see the bottom of the right rear sliding door.

Engine options will likely mirror those offered on the Focus and Kuga, with minor modifications for improved fuel efficiency. Eventually, the C-MAX may be outfitted with Ford's new turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with at least 230 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque.

Set to adopt Ford's latest exterior design theme, the C-MAX will attempt to make MPVs an attractive alternative to hatchbacks. Inside, the car will feature seating for up seven as well as a cockpit heavily influenced by the new Fiesta.

Like the Fiesta, the C-MAX may be headed to North America. While it's an interesting proposition, Ford hasn't confirmed anything as of yet.

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Ford C-Max Spied Revealing Sliding Rear Door