C-Max Touchless Foot-operated Power Liftgate

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi have an option for a touchless foot-operated liftgate.

With your arms loaded with packages, swiping your foot under the rear bumper will open the liftgate on the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi with this option.  A second swipe closes the liftgate.  Edmunds Insideline.com listed the Ford touchless foot-operated liftgate as one of the best new car features for 2013 models.  The foot-operated liftgate is demonstrated in a new Ford video.  Ford promoted this new feature in a “Hybrid Games Video” ad.  More recently, Ford Canada promoted the foot-activated liftgate in the C-Max with a breakdance video.

The foot-operated power liftgate is called the “Hands-Free Technology Package by Ford.”  The foot-operated power liftgate is not the same as the power liftgate in the SE trim of the C-Max Hybrid.  The foot-operated power liftgate is included in the 302A and 303A equipment groups of the SEL model of the Hybrid and Energi.  It is not available on the SE model of the C-Max Hybrid.  A power liftgate is included in the 201A and 203A equipment groups on the SE  (as an option for the 202A) but it is not operated with your foot.  With this feature on the SE, the liftgate can be operated with a button on the key fob.

This blog was first published November 23rd, 2012.  It was updated on January 6th, 2013 and March 1st, 2013.

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What’s the Cargo Space like in the Ford C-Max Energi?

Answer: The downside of the Ford C-Max Energi is the increased space used for the batteries.  The second-row 60/40 split seat folds flat for added storage with the C-Max Hybrid, but it does not fold flat for the C-Max Energi.  The space used by the batteries is substantial as the photos below illustrate.  The hatch opening is 32.5″ high.  The distance from the cargo floor (top of the batteries) to the roof at the hatch is 23″.   The cargo floor is raised for the battery 9.5″ at the hatch and 7.5″ inches from the top of the folded rear passenger seats.  The hatch opening width is 33″ at the top and 38″ at the widest point.  The depth from the front seat to the back of the hatch is 66″.  The depth from the back of the hatch to the back of the upright rear seats (not folded down) is 31″.  The width of the cargo floor is 36″ at the narrowest point.

John Davis, the chief engineer for the C-Max stated that Ford expects only 15-20% of the C-Max’s sold will be the Energi model.  This is interesting.  As I’ve stated before, I think the Energi is a no brainer.  The reduced cargo space could be a big factor in favor of the HEV (hybrid) over the PHEV (Energi) though.

C-Max Energi Cargo Area from Hatch

Ford C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Hatch

C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Hatch

Ford C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Hatch Passenger-Side View

 

C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Hatch Driver Side

Ford C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Hatch Driver Side

 

 

C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Passenger Area with Seats Down

Ford C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Passenger Area with Seats Down

C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Passenger-Side Door

Ford C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Passenger-Side Door

C-Max Energi Cargo Area from Rear Passenger Seat Area

Ford C-Max Energi Cargo Area View from Rear Passenger Seat Area

C-Max Energi Cargo Light and 12 Volt Outlet

Ford C-Max Energi Cargo Light and 12 Volt Outlet

The Ford C-Max Hybrid uses far less space for the battery than the C-Max Energi as shown in the photo below.

Ford C-Max Hybrid Cargo View from Hatch

Ford C-Max Hybrid Cargo View from Hatch

C-Max Hybrid Cargo View from Driver-side

Ford C-Max Hybrid Cargo View from Driver-side

This blog was first published on November 16th, 2012.  It was updated with new photos on January 19th, 2013.

 

 

 

 

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A Ford C-Max Bike Rack with a Hitch

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

It’s possible to carry a bike on a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid with a trailer hitch.

The European C-Max includes an option for a trailer hitch.  The C-Max manual for the Hybrid and Energi sold in the U.S. warns against towing but also includes two references to towing a trailer.  On page 243, it states: “WARNING: Never tow a trailer with this vehicle. Your vehicle is not equipped to tow. No towing packages are available through an authorized dealer.”  On Page 228, it states “When towing, the camera only sees what is being towed behind the vehicle. This might not provide adequate coverage as it usually provides in normal operation and some objects might not be seen. In some vehicles, the guidelines may disappear once the trailer tow connector is engaged.”  On page 252, the manual states, “Trailers shall be covered up to $200 if the disabled eligible vehicle requires service at the nearest authorized dealer. If the trailer is disabled, but the towing vehicle is operational, the trailer does not qualify for any roadside services.”

I don’t know how adding a trailer hitch will affect your warranty, but if you need a bike rack, it’s a good site.  Torklift Central has the Ford C-Max EcoHitch with a 1.25″ or 2″ receiver for $249.95 with a video of the installation.  This hitch doesn’t require drilling and the installation is fast (less than 3 minutes in the video).  Curt makes a 1.25″ trailer hitch for 1.25″ Hitch ($252.03) but it does require drilling and according to Curt takes 20 minutes to install.  Here’s the Curt Hitch at Juicedhybrid.com for $159.00.  The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch with a 1.25″ receiver from eTrailer.com is another option for the Ford C-Max.  It requires drilling to install.

If you’ve added a hitch to your Ford C-Max or carry a bike or other external accessories, let us know what you like and don’t like.

 

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