Tall Wagon Profile
The C-MAX is a bit shorter than the regular Prius, but wider and taller. It’s also heavier. The C-MAX Hybrid tips the scales at 3,682 lbs, versus 3,275 lbs for the Prius v, and 3,115 for the regular Prius.
The high seating position contrasts to the “cockpit” style seating of the Focus. It seats three in the back, and the rear seatbacks folds flat (in a split) to offer up 1,538 litres of cargo space. When the seats are up, there is 722 litres of cargo space. In the C-MAX Energi, which has a bigger battery, you get 1,226 and 544 litres, respectively.
|It seats three in the back, and the rear seatbacks folds flat (in a split) to offer up 1,538 litres of cargo space. (Photo: Ford)
That bigger battery and requisite plug-in paraphernalia, also makes the Energi about 300 pounds heavier than the unplugged C-MAX Hybrid (at 3,986 lbs).
New Atkinson 2.0L
Both C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi will use the all-new 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine. No word yet about C-MAX’s electric motor, but Ford projects the combined output of the gasoline engine/electric motor to be 185 horses and 130 “torques.” Getting that output to the front wheels will be a hybrid-specific CVT gearbox.
C-MAX is developed off the Focus platform, so benefits from that car line’s excellent handling package. Ford hints that the C-MAX hybrids will achieve impressive fuel efficiency and range figures “without sacrificing driving performance.” Did you hear that, Prius? That sounded like a slag.
C-MAX already a hit worldwide
While North America will only get these two C-MAX hybrid models, and only next year, Europe and other markets have already received C-MAX models powered by gasoline-only and diesel-only powertrains as well as a seven-seat version called Grand C-MAX. Europe is also set to receive a C-MAX with a 1.0L EcoBoost powerplant in 2012.
Ford says the vehicles are a hit with its European customers — over 135,000 have already been sold. Grand C-MAX comprises a third of those sales, and Ford adds that more than 60 percent of those buyers have moved to Ford from other makes. The 7-seater Grand C-MAX has obvious appeal, so the decision to not bring it to North America is still a curious one.