Ford Motor Company unveiled a revised C-MAX and Grand C-MAX with a new exterior design, interior as well as what Ford calls major fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions improvements.
The revised five-seat C-MAX, available in the U.S., and seven-seat Grand C-MAX will go on sale across Europe in early 2015. The models is said to introduce advanced technology including Ford’s SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system.
“The Ford 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 Tailgate that only requires a gentle kicking motion to gain access to the boot space.”
Ford first introduced the C-MAX in 2003 and said since then it has sold more than 1.2 million in Europe. The vehicle is now in its third generation.
While the exterior and interior have been retouched, lots more is happening under the hood. The new C-MAX is said to offer improved CO2 figures and for the first time feature as standard Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop technology on EcoBoost gasoline and 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines.
The most improved model is expected by Ford to offer a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions.
The new C-MAX family powertrain line-up will be offered in Europe with Ford’s new 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine. The C-MAX family will continue to be offered with two versions of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline 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, said Ford, which in 2014 was named International Engine of the Year for a third consecutive year.
Ford explained the new 1.5-liter diesel engine is expected to offer up to a six percent improvement in CO2 compared to the 1.6-liter diesel it replaces while delivering more power. The revised 2.0-liter diesel is expected to improve emissions by up to 20 percent and power by over four percent.
Ford has not yet said when the revised C-Max will head to the U.S.While Ford did not mention them, the Energi and hybrid versions are expected to receive the same improvements.