Kearney. Ford Cars. March 09th , 2018.
The Journey Of C-Max Over The Years
The Ford C-Max was originally planned to be called Ford Focus C-Max. However, the company finally settled with calling its multi-purpose, compact vehicle C-Max. It was in the 2003 that the company started manufacturing and selling this vehicle to the customers. This was the only car which had a hybrid model available for sale.
Like any other vehicle, this car too, has undergone many changes since its very introduction, in order to ensure that it offers to the customers all the specifications that they desire.
Below is a brief history of C-Max
C-Max was launched by the company to complete its MPV lineup, which also included S-Max and Galaxy. C-Max was based on the same platform which was used for Focus Mk 2 C1. The engine used in this vehicle is also the same one that is used in Focus. Thus, you get the Flexifuel and Duratorq units. It was available in mostly four trim levels which were called the Studio, Style, Zetec and Titanium. The interested thing to note here was that 2003 was not the first time that a car named C-Max was sold by the company. Even before 2003, Ford had a vehicle, as a part of its lineup, which was called C-Max. This earlier C-Max was one of the models of the Focus. The C-Max of 2003 was available in gasoline, diesel and hybrid engines. The various models available under each engine category were as follows:
It was during the 2006 Bologna Motor Show that a facelift version of the C-Max was displayed by the company. However, it was only in the spring of 2007 that this vehicle finally hit the dealerships and was available for sale to the customers. It was with this facelift model that the name of Focus C-Max was dropped, and the company went ahead and called its new model only C-Max. The changes to the vehicle were only with regards to its appearance, as the engine and the performance of the MPV remained the same. The design and look of the vehicle was done to bring it in line with the Ford’s new Kinetic Design language. Changes were made using this new design language to both the exteriors as well as the interiors of the vehicle. Models available during this period included the following:
Natural Gas Engine:
2010 – 2014
This was the time when the third generation of Ford Focus MK III was launched. During this period the second generation of C-Max (C344) was also built and developed on a global platform. For this second generation vehicle, the company used its new Global C Platform. The look of the new vehicle was inspired from the looks of the losis Max, which was displayed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Some of the changes made to the vehicle included the following:
This vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new engine options available in this vehicle included the following:
It was available in Ford C-Max 1.0 EcoBoost 5MT and 6 MT engines. 1.6 Duratech Ti-VCT 5 MT engine was also available with generated power of either 105 or 125 Hp. Another variant available was 1.6 EcoBoost 6MT engine, with powers of 150 Hp and 182 Hp.
1.6 Duratorq 5 and 6 MT, 2.0 TDCi 6AT with varying power capacities and 2.0 TDCi 6 MT with 140 and 163 power capabilities.
Ford C-Max 2.0 Energy
Ford C-Max 2.0 Hybrid
2014- Till Now
In the year 2014, the stylish new C-Max and Grand C-Max were unveiled by the company. These new offering had a sleek new design for the exteriors. They also offered better stowage solutions. The new C-Max offers better fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Besides ensuring that the design of the vehicle is in accordance with the One Ford Global Design Language, the company has also added many new and technical features to the vehicle like Active Park Assist, Active Cruise Control, etc., which make possible to control the vehicle with fewer switches and gives a more pleasant driving experience. besides the various gasoline and diesel engines, the vehicle is also available with a 1.6 Ti-VCT 5 MT natural Gas engine, which gives a power of 117 Hp.
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