European Ford C-Max Gets Makeover

New European Ford C-Max

New European Ford C-Max

The European C-Max is changing.  LeftLaneNews has photos of the new C-Max.  There are also photos at Ford Europe’s media page.  The full press release is published below.

Smarter and More Stylish New C-MAX and Grand C-MAX Offer Families Enhanced Comfort and Refinement

  • Stylish new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX deliver significant improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions; advanced technology; and smart new stowage solutions
  • New C-MAX family features more emotional, sleek exterior design with bold new face of Ford and an intuitive, beautifully crafted interior
  • Hands-Free Liftgate and Perpendicular Parking offered; improved Active City Stop collision avoidance works at speeds of up to 50 km/h
  • Powertrain line-up for Europe includes new 1.5-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre TDCi engines; 99 g/km CO2 1.5-litre ECOnetic diesel also offered for first time on C-MAX
  • New Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX offer higher levels of comfort, refinement and ride quality

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 17, 2014 – Ford Motor Company today unveiled the stylish new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX with a new sleek exterior design, beautifully crafted interior with improved stowage solutions, and major fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions improvements.

The five-seat C-MAX and seven-seat Grand C-MAX also will offer superior comfort and refinement when they go on sale across Europe in early 2015. The models will introduce advanced technology including Ford’s SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system.

The C-MAX family will be equipped for the first time with Ford’s new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and 105 PS 1.5-litre TDCi ECOnetic diesel engine that is expected to deliver 99 g/km CO2 in the five-seat C-MAX.*

C-MAX has earned a reputation for providing a balance of great fuel economy, responsive, sporty handling and a flexible, roomy interior package,” said Stephen Odell, Ford executive vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “All powertrains benefit from CO2 improvements without sacrificing any of the car’s great driving dynamics.”

The new Ford C-MAX family also delivers levels of refinement often found in larger, more upmarket vehicles – including the segment-first Hands-Free Liftgate that only requires a gentle kicking motion to gain access to the boot space.”

Ford first introduced the C-MAX in 2003 and since then has sold more than 1.2 million in Europe.** Now in its third generation, C-MAX has accounted for more than 12 per cent of all MAVs sold in Europe so far this year.***

Flexible, comfortable, sporty and stylish

Customers continue to be able to choose from the five-seat C-MAX or the seven-seat Grand C MAX, which features Ford’s innovative twin sliding doors and “walk-through” seat design for greater convenience, space and flexibility.

The C-MAX family has been restyled to reflect the One Ford global design language and is available in new exterior colours Red Rush and a stylish brown-grey shade called Caribou. The dynamic styling delivers a stronger, sleeker front end, featuring Ford’s distinctive inverted trapezoidal grille. The washer jets have been hidden underneath the windscreen to complement the cleaner look of the restyled bonnet.

Sleeker, more chiselled front headlamps and more rectangular, elongated fog-lamps add to the bolder front end of both vehicles. The liftgate has been given a smoother and more sophisticated one-piece appearance using the latest laser-brazing technique, which applies cleaner and exceptionally strong welds to thin sheets of metal. A compact tail lamp design completes the contemporary look.

The new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX interiors follow the customer-led design refinements that have already been executed on new Focus. The more intuitive layout has fewer controls and switches, while the new black satin trim and chrome detailing contributes to a cleaner, more modern look. Functions are simpler to use, such as the air-conditioning controls that now feature buttons that are easier to recognise and distinguish from each other.

A redesigned centre storage console offers more space and features a sliding, integrated armrest. The new adjustable console accommodates a variety of bottles and cups with the capacity to simultaneously hold a one-litre water bottle and a 0.4-litre cup, while the swing bin glovebox makes items stored inside easier to access. A deeper upper storage area significantly improves the capacity on top of the dashboard for family belongings, and features a new USB connection point for integrating and charging mobile devices.

In addition, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX will be offered with higher quality trims across the entire range, a heated steering wheel, door-sill scuff plates and load-net fitting points behind both the first and second row seats.

Noise, vibration and harshness have been improved through the use of thicker side glass and more absorbent seals around the tailgate and rear view mirror. The engine bay heat shield has been filled with acoustic damping material to reduce powertrain noise, and diesel cars are equipped with extra acoustic seals to further reduce noise intrusion.

Continuing under the bonnet, a retuned dual mass flywheel helps to reduce shaking forces when an engine is under load, while new engine mounts offer improved refinement during Auto Start-Stop operation. On the outside, stiffer, noise- and vibration-optimised alloy wheels have been designed to reduce resonant vibrations.

We are committed to delivering clean, and intuitive interiors across the entire Ford line-up and C-MAX is the latest vehicle to benefit from our comprehensive restyling programme,” said Joel Piaskowski, director, Design, Ford of Europe. “The new C-MAX has received its most significant remodelling to date and is now more comfortable, more practical, and delivers the best driving experience in its segment.”

Most Important Features for The Next Ford C-Max Update

A lot of articles with photos of an updated Ford C-Max that will have an Aston Martin-styled grill are circulating on the web lately.  The current C-Max body, first sold in Europe in 2011, has only been in North America since last fall.  Motor Trend speculates that an updated C-Max will hit Europe late this year with a 2014 update in North America.  Personally, I’m more interested in five options that are available today in the 2013 Ford Fusion.

The most important to me is Cross-Traffic Alert.  It’s not uncommon to have your view blocked when backing out of a parking spot in a shopping center.  All you can do is go very slow and keep watching.  If your luck is poor, someone will be driving far too fast in the parking lot, not paying attention and you’re in an accident before you see them.  Ford’s Cross-Traffic Alert radar picks up vehicles moving at least 5 mph within 45 feet.  It is part of the blind spot information system, called BLIS by Ford.  If it senses this hazard, three warnings are given: an indicator lights up in the corresponding outside mirror, an audible alert is sounded and a message center warning is displayed.  It works for 90-degree or angled parking.

The feature of BLIS that it is named after identifies when a vehicle enters the blind-spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding side view mirror.  A similar feature on the Mazda CX-5 does that, but also sounds a warning if you have the turn signal on and another vehicle is in your blind spot.  I’d like to see it implemented like Mazda does with the additional audible warning, but the Fusion’s warning light would be a step forward.

I often drive a 300-mile stretch of just interstate.  Drinks with caffeine, stopping for breaks, and a passenger paying attention all reduce the chance of fatigue causing an accident, but I’d still like to have the Ford Fusion’s Lane Keeping System (LKS) on the C-Max.  A forward-facing camera detects drowsiness and at first displays a warning and sounds a chime.  If the driver drifts out of the lane, the steering wheel vibrates as an added warning.  LKS will provide some torque to steer the car back toward the center of the lane if the driver ignores all warnings.  The driver chooses among many options including customizing the sensitivity, intensity of the steering-wheel vibration, or just provide alerts.

I like being able to set the cruise control in the city, but it’s not uncommon to have a car turn in front of me at a much slower speed.  The Adaptive Cruise Control option of the Fusion detects a slower vehicle ahead, reduces speed until a safe following distance is regained and then resets the cruise to the original speed.  The driver has control over many options including how the safe distance is determined.

A second feature combined with Adaptive Cruise Control is the Collision Warning System.  If the car senses a reduction in traffic speed ahead which could cause a collision, a warning light is flashed on the windshield.  If the driver doesn’t respond, the car pre-charges the brakes for faster braking.  If the driver decelerates without the brakes quickly, the car will apply the brakes faster than the driver can move to the brake pedal.  If the driver hits the brakes, they will be applied with full braking capability faster to avoid an accident.

A Fusion Energi Titanium with all of these features has an MSRP of $40,275.  BLIS and LKS add $1,140 to the cost with the Driver Assist Package.  Adaptive Cruise Control and the Collision Warning System add $995 more.  I can only think of one other feature that I would love to have in a C-Max, a 16 kWh battery pack to take full advantage of the $7,500 federal tax credit.  It would extend the EV range to more than 40 miles.  With the offset of the tax credit, the price of the car wouldn’t increase much, if at all.  The downside is the space consume by 8 kWh’s of lithium batteries.

What’s the most important features you would like in the next C-Max update?

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