Since 2012, Ford has been producing a pair of hybrid mini-minivans in the United States. Originally the C-Max and the C-Max Energi were available in other parts of the world using gas and diesel only. In the U.S., the C-Max and C-Max Energi are hybrid vehicles. The 2015 European versions of the C-Max line have been updated and changed mid-cycle, giving those consumers a fresh new look and a different level of performance. These new versions will be in the U.S. for the 2016 model year. So, what changes can Indianapolis Ford consumers look forward to with the new and improved 2016 C-Max line?
Appearance-wise, the front end will feature a larger Aston Martin styled grille with a full width lower intake. This classy grille will be outlined with stylish thin headlamps and aesthetic features. The smoothed over tailgate and streamlined taillights will offer a sleek line to the versatile vehicle.
Tech Features Galore
Electronic features include a rocking stereo system with 6-speakers, auxiliary input jack, USB port, SYNC Communications, 911 assist, AppLink, Bluetooth, steering wheel controls, wireless streaming, and 3 LCD monitors in the front. The C-Max will work with all of your tablets, cell phones, and other electronics to make your time in the vehicle pleasant.
Safety is always a major selling factor, and the C-Max comes with Advancetrac with ESC and RSC, ABS, side impact beams, dual stage driver and passenger front and side mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags, and rear child-safety locks.
Performance in a Small Package
As far as performance goes, the C-Max is a hybrid that has been the subject of lawsuits claiming that Ford inflated the EPA numbers relating to fuel economy. It is believed that the new 2016 C-Max will reclaim the original statement of 47 mpg in both city driving and highway driving. They have had to adapt their fuel economy estimates on current models to 45 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. The details of the chassis and power train setups have not been shared, as yet, and consumers will have to wait until the new C-Max and C-Max Energi are introduced to the U.S. to see exactly what changes have been made.
Hybrid cars have gotten a reputation as a safe and somewhat boring mode of transportation, but the C-Max is based on the sporty Ford Focus, and it offers a bit more excitement. With a 4-cylinder, as well as a pair of electric motors, the C-Max has quite a bit of “get up and go,” with great steering and handling. With a top speed of 104 mph, and 141 horsepower, this is a hybrid that can keep up with your on-the-go lifestyle without breaking the bank. The C-Max Energi is the plug-in version that extends the electric-only range of the vehicle.
If you haven’t checked out a Ford C-Max, head to Bloomington Ford, your local Indianapolis Ford dealership, and take a test drive today. When the new model arrives, you will be ready to make comparisons and decide which model you prefer.