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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Where can I get the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi Manuals?

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Answer: Some C-Max buyers or prospective customers that want to research these vehicles to the extreme will be interested in checking the manuals.  The Manuals are now available at the Ford Owner web site.  The available manuals are:

Energi Quick Reference Guide 1st Printing

Owner Manual 1st Printing

[Hybrid] Quick Reference Guide 1st & 2nd Printing

Roadside Assistance Card 1st Printing

Sirius Satellite Radio Information Card 1st Printing

Tire Warranty 2nd Printing

Warranty Guide 2nd Printing

First Published Nov 16, 2012.  Updated January 2, 2013.


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What is the Panoramic Fixed-Glass Sunroof like in the C-Max?

Answer: Many prospective buyers of the Ford C-Max Energi or Hybrid want to know what the panoramic sunroof is like.  The sunroof on the C-Max Hybrid and Energi is fixed – it doesn’t open.  When you look down on the roof exterior, the glass covers a very large area.  Examining the opening from the interior is different.  It is quite small.  It is set back very far from the front window too.  The opening of the sunroof is above the back of my wife’s head when she sits in the driver’s seat.  It is similar to the fixed sunroof on the Prius V, which is only available with the expensive technology package on the Prius.  It isn’t nearly as nice as the sunroof on some small SUVs, like the Volkswagen Tiguan.  Even though the sunroof is fixed, it lets light into the cabin and may make it feel more spacious and bright.

Panoramic Sunroof
Ford C-Max Panoramic Sunroof Interior. The front of the shade is set back from the driver’s head.

On January 10th, 2013, we were able to take photos of a Ford C-Max Energi with a panoramic sunroof.  My wife enjoyed how much lighter the sunroof made the cabin of the C-Max Energi.  The two pictures below give a better idea of the position of the driver’s head when the seat is moved backward and forward as far as it will move.

C-Max Energi Panoramic Sunroof

Ford C-Max Energi Panoramic Sunroof – Driver’s seat in backward position.

C-Max Energi Panoramic Sunroof

Ford C-Max Energi Panoramic Sunroof – Driver’s seat in forward position.

Ford C-Max Energi Panoramic Sunroof

Ford C-Max Energi Panoramic Sunroof From Rear Passenger Seat


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