Ford Motor Company 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 Fordâ€™s SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system.
The C-MAX family will be equipped for the first time with Fordâ€™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.
â€œC-MAX has earned a reputation for providing a balance of great fuel economy, responsive, sporty handling and a flexible, roomy interior package,â€ said Stephen Odell, Ford executive vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. â€œAll powertrains benefit from CO2 improvements without sacrificing any of the carâ€™s great driving dynamics.â€
â€œThe new Ford C-MAX family also delivers levels of refinement often found in larger, more upmarket vehicles â€“ including the segment-first Hands-Free Liftgate that only requires a gentle kicking motion to gain access to the boot space.â€
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 in the first half on 2014.
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 Fordâ€™s innovative twin sliding doors and â€œwalk-throughâ€ 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 Fordâ€™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.
â€œWe 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,â€ said Joel Piaskowski, director, Design, Ford of Europe. â€œThe 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.â€
The new C-MAX family is equipped with advanced Ford technologies that help drivers avoid or mitigate incidents â€“ from scrapes and bumps while parking to more serious, higher speed collisions.
Fordâ€™s Active Park Assist system locates suitably-sized parking spaces and, at the push of a button, steers a vehicle in to the space while the driver controls the accelerator and brake. C MAX and Grand C-MAX add Perpendicular Parking capability with the addition of two new ultrasonic sensors at the rear of the car. The system helps drivers reverse into spaces side-by-side with other cars.
The extra sensors also enable two additional technologies that help drivers as they manoeuvre out of parking spaces:
Cross Traffic Alert warns drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles that may soon be crossing behind them. Operating with radar at a range of up to 40 metres (131 feet), the system will issue three distinct warning signals if it detects a vehicle approaching from either side
In the case of moving objects Active Braking works in a similar way to Active City Stop but with a vehicle speed range of between 8 km/h (5 mph) and 180 km/h (112 mph). It supports drivers at higher speeds, for example on the motorway, by issuing warnings and applying braking as required.
Also new to C-MAX, Fordâ€™s Adaptive Cruise Control technology enables drivers to maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead, even when that vehicle is travelling more slowly than the cruise speed. For occasions when Adaptive Cruise Control is not active, Distance Indication enables drivers to set a preferred distance they would like to maintain with the vehicle ahead. Should the driver get any closer, the system issues a three-stage dashboard display warning â€“ from grey to yellow to red.
Better connected with SYNC 2
The new C-MAX family is equipped with Fordâ€™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 2â€™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 â€œone-shotâ€ navigation destinations, and to ask the system to â€œplayâ€ a desired artist. Simply pushing the voice control button and saying â€œIâ€™m hungryâ€ will bring up a list of local restaurants, which you can then get directions to.
â€œWe have developed SYNC 2 so it is simple and intuitive for drivers to use, and it seamlessly switches between touch screen and voice commands,â€ said Christof Kellerwessel, chief engineer, Electronic and Electrical Systems Engineering, Ford of Europe. â€œDrivers 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.â€
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.
Powerful, efficient and dynamic
The new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX offer significantly improved CO2 figures and for the first time feature as standard Fordâ€™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 Fordâ€™s fuel-efficient new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 150 PS and 182 PS, and also will be offered with Fordâ€™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.
â€œFordâ€™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,â€ said Jim Baumbick, Fordâ€™s global C-car vehicle line director, â€œThese 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.â€
The New C-MAX family is offered with LED Daytime Running Lights, Bi-Xenon HID headlamps and Fordâ€™s Adaptive Front Lighting System that adjusts the headlight beam angle to one of seven settings depending on traffic and road conditions. For example; when cornering at lower speeds, the system will project a beam towards the side of the road to make cyclists and pedestrians more visible. The system also will support drivers cornering at higher speeds by directing light further into the bend.
The new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX will for the first time offer Fordâ€™s MyKey technology, which enables owners to programme a key â€“ usually for younger drivers â€“ that restricts the top speed, reduces the maximum volume of the audio system, and can disable the audio system altogether if driver and passengers are not using safety belts. The system also can prevent the driver from deactivating safety technologies such as Traction Control.
â€œC-MAX and Grand C-MAX deliver a more relaxing experience with chassis and interior enhancements, but also with sophisticated driver assistance technologies,â€ Baumbick said. â€œThe ability to see more clearly in challenging conditions, to detect potential accidents and to keep less experienced drivers safe provide additional assurance and reduce stress for drivers whether at the wheel or not.â€