The Ford C-Max is a compact MPV which was produced starting in 2003 for various European markets by Ford in Saarlouis, Germany. Ford initially unveiled the C-MAX in the U.S as its first and only hybrid-only vehicle line, including the C-Max Hybrid, which was released back in September of 2012 along with the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid which was launched in October of the same year. While the C-Max was only available in Europe at first, the first generation was also made available in New Zealand for a limited amount of time. The C-Max is currently the second smallest multi-purpose vehicle in Ford’s lineup with the B-Max taking first place.
The first generation of the Ford C-Max was manufactured in 2003 to 2010 and the C-Max Mk used the Ford C1 Platform which was used by the Ford Focus Mk II as well. The internal project codename for this vehicle was “C214”. This vehicle seats a total of five passengers and offers a lot of cargo space which can be increased simply by folding the rear seats flat. There are some models of this vehicle which feature diagonally sliding outer rear seats, and it has the same control blade independent rear suspension as the Focus.
There are three different four-cylinder engines which the Ford C-Max first generation uses, and each one of them are used by the Focus as well. The first is the 1.6 liter Duratec base engine, and it has a 1.6 liter capacity. There is also the 1.8/2.0 liter Duratec HE for the rest of the petrol engines. There is a 1.6/2.0 Duratorq Ford/PSA diesel engine as well as Ford’s 1.8 liter Endura engine which has undergone some major upgrades and has the same “Duratorq” name.
The Ford C-Max received a significant facelift in December of 2006 with quite a few changes and improvements which were made to the vehicle as a whole. This new facelifted version of the C-Max was unveiled at the Bologna Motor Show in 2006 and it went on sale in spring of 2007. Before the facelift, this vehicle as called the Ford Focus C-Max. Ford decided to change the name as a way of reinforcing their “Max” brand of vehicles. Some of the changes that were made to this vehicle as a result of the facelift include larger wheel arches, twin trapezoidal grilles, and angular headlights.
The second generation of this vehicle brought with it a number of changes as well and the new vehicle was to be known as the C-Max C344 which was built on Ford’s new Global C platform. The overall exterior design of this vehicle was heavily inspired by the losis Max concept which was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009. This new Ford vehicle had a longer wheelbase as well as a seven-seat capacity. Some of the features of the new Mk III platform include a redesigned interior which resulted in flat folding third seats as well as a rear view camera, panoramic sunroof, and power lift gate.
One of the things that makes the new Mk III platform unique is the fact that it is the first in its class to support Torque Vectoring Control or TVC. The new C-Max comes with a variety of petrol and diesel 4-cylinder engines which are also in the Ford Focus. There is the 1.0 liter Ecoboost which is available in two different tune states as well as the 1.6 100 horsepower and 125 horsepower guises. The 1.6 liter EcoBoost is capable of 150 horsepower and the 1.6/2.9 Duratorq TDCi Ford/PSA diesel engines are capable of 110 horsepower and 140 horsepower respectively.