Ford has unveiled two hybrid versions of the C-Max at its home motor show in Detroit, as well as showing America the stylish MPV for the first time.
Taking the C-Max Stateside is part of Ford's drive to make all its cars global models, and turn the country onto smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Taking centre stage is the C-Max Energi, a plug-in petrol electric hybrid that promises a 500-mile tank range. Ford won't say how far or how fast the car can go in electric-only mode, but it will be built in the company's Dearborn factory, Michigan, and go on sale in 2012.
The UK will get the car in 2013, and it will go on sale alongside the C-Max Hybrid, which returns around 50mpg using a drivetrain capable of up to 47mph using the battery alone.
Ford already sells two hybrids in America, in the shape of the Fusion saloon (no relation to the UK Fusion) and the Escape SUV. Ford calls its hybrid drivetrain 'Powersplit'.
Also on the Ford stand is an electric Ford Focus, set to launch in America later this year (2011) before hitting the UK in 2012. Ford says it has a top speed of 84mph and a range of 100 miles - the same as the Nissan LEAF, coincidentally.
Extra images by United Pictures