Automakers continue to roll out product announcements ahead of next month's 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the latest being Ford with information on several new and updated models including the C-Max, Grand C-Max, Kuga, Mondeo 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 and Ford has promised to build as many as 10 models off of that architecture. Beyond that, we know almost nothing about the car, but it's more than likely that the vehicle will eventually see production.
Other highlights include the addition of Ford's new, 203-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the Mondeo (a version of which is coming for the Edge), where it will be mated to Ford's six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which is standard on that model. A range of 2.0-liter DuraTorq four-cylinder diesel engines will also be available -- ranging in output from 113 horsepower to 138 horsepower. The biggest diesel news is the announcement of a new 161-horsepower variant of the 2.0-liter DuraTorq mill. Ford says that top-shelf oil-burner will still manage over 53 mpg on the combined European testing cycle.
Those same diesel engines, including the high-performance 161-horsepower model, also find their way under the hood of the Kuga (expected to be our next Escape). 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 zero to 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. The larger, seven-seat Grand C-Max is expected to make its way to the U.S. next year as a 2012 model.