New Ford C-Max Key Features
• 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
Ford proudly 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.***
New Ford C-Max Interior
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.”
New Ford C-Max Technology
The new C-MAX family is equipped with Ford’s SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system that features a high-resolution, 8-inch colour touch screen and advanced voice control for hands-free operation of audio, navigation, climate control and connected mobile phone functions.
SYNC 2’s navigation system is supported by map services provider HERE, and offers a split-screen display with detailed intersections, spoken street names, 3D highway junction and landmark views alongside the MICHELIN guide.
SYNC 2 enables drivers to issue simpler “one-shot” navigation destinations, and to ask the system to “play” a desired artist. Simply pushing the voice control button and saying “I’m hungry” will bring up a list of local restaurants, which you can then get directions to.
“We have developed SYNC 2 so it is simple and intuitive for drivers to use, and it seamlessly switches between touch screen and voice commands,” said Christof Kellerwessel, chief engineer, Electronic and Electrical Systems Engineering, Ford of Europe. “Drivers will be able to control more in-car systems than ever before, while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.”
The new C-MAX also will be offered with a premium sound system that incorporates 10 Sony speakers, including a subwoofer that is dedicated to the reproduction of low-pitched audio frequencies, or bass, and delivers a more rounded and deeper sound.
New Ford C-Max Engines
The new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX offer significantly improved CO2 figures and for the first time feature as standard Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop technology on EcoBoost petrol and 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines. The most improved model is expected to offer a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.
The new C-MAX family powertrain line-up is being extended to include Ford’s fuel-efficient new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 150 PS and 182 PS, and also will be offered with Ford’s new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, delivering 95 PS or 120 PS, and a new ECOnetic version that is expected to deliver 99 g/km CO2 in the five-seat C-MAX. The C-MAX family will continue to be offered with 100 PS and 125 PS versions of the multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.
During the first seven months of 2014, more than a quarter of C-MAX models sold in Europe** were equipped with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which in 2014 was named International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third consecutive year.
The new 120 PS 1.5-litre diesel engine is expected to offer up to a six per cent improvement in CO2 compared to the 1.6-litre diesel it replaces, while delivering 5 PS more power. The revised 2.0-litre diesel is expected to improve emissions by up to 20 per cent and power by over four per cent.
“Ford’s new 1.5-litre EcoBoost and TDCi engines are significant additions to a powertrain line-up that offers comprehensive power and fuel efficiency improvements,” said Jim Baumbick, Ford’s global C-car vehicle line director, “These powertrains also will help make C-MAX the first car in its segment to comply with the latest EU Stage VI emissions regulations across the entire range from launch.”
Information Courtesy of Ford Media EU