After giving a glimpse of the C-Max yesterday, Ford has lifted the covers of the facelifted 2015 C-Max and Grand C-Max. The American automaker gave both cars a more polished exterior, a redone interior with added storage and better mileage/emissions.
Outside, the front-end design resembles the current Ford Fiesta, with its distinctive trapezoid grill, sleek-rectangular headlights and elongated fog lamps. At the rear, the tailgate has a smoother one-piece look thanks to the latest lazer-brazing technology that Ford used for the car. The technique employs a cleaner and stronger weld on thin sheets of metal. Finishing the look of the rear section of the C-Max is a compact taillight design.
Both cars feature a redone layout that makes it easier to distinguish each button. All around, a satin black trim and chrome details were used for the interior, giving it a 'cleaner and modern look' according to Ford. The center storage console has an increased space that can fit a 1 liter bottle and a 0.4 liter cup simultaneously and also features a sliding armrest for those that need more elbow room. Beside the swing bin glovebox, a deep storage area can be found in the upper section of the dashboard that increases storage capacity and has a USB port for accessing or charging mobile devices. Noise and vibration have been reduced as thicker glass was used all around, absorbent seals were placed around the tailgate and the rearview mirror and the engine bay heat shield has acoustic damping material that reduces powertrain noise.
Ford's SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system comes as standard for the car and features with a high resolution 8-inch touch screen and advanced voice controls. The system manages navigation, climate control and mobile phone functions hands-free. An optional Sony audio system is also available and will be channeled via 10 speakers with a subwoofer.
Powering the C-Max and Grand C-Max will be a choice of a 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine that generates 120 PS, a 2.0-liter TDCi diesel engine (no PS specified) and a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that cranks out 100 PS or 125 PS, depending on the spec. The 1.5-liter variant produces 5 PS more and has a 6% improvement in CO2 emissions than the previous 1.6-liter diesel while the 2.0-liter engine generates 4% more power and improve emissions by 20%.
Safety features present in the Ford C-Max include the Active Park Assist System that estimates parking spaces and with a push of a button, steers the car towards the parking space (brake and gas controlled by driver), the Cross Traffic Alert that operates up to 40 meters and warns drivers when reversing out a parking space, Park Out Assist that aids the driver in exiting a parallel parking space and Active City Stop that uses sensors at the front of the vehicle and readies the brakes in case the car approaches an object too fast. As an added safety measure, the system will automatically apply the brakes in case the driver fails to sense the danger. Optional extras for the car will be LED DRLs, HID headlights and Ford's Adaptive Front Lighting System.