When it comes to small agile people movers, Ford’s own C-Max is among the best vehicles in the segment. Ford plans some changes in its minivan lineup for the next year and 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid will be the first model of a third generation and should continue in its hybrid and plug-in forms.
Under the Hood
As before, hybrids will be offered two-ways, in SE and SEL grades, while fully upgraded Energi plug-in model should be fine by itself. There’s little difference in their powertrains, but fuel efficiency differences are quite visible. All models, whether hybrid or plug-in get the same 2.0L Atkinson cycle I-4 engine which puts up 141 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque, together with 88kW permanent magnet AC synchronous motor.
Difference is in the battery pack as hybrids get the smaller 1.4 kWh lithium-ion pack, while plug-ins benefit from a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion counterpart. That’s why plug-in models get to ride exclusively on electricity for limited period of time. Otherwise, both models are tied to CVT transmission and their electric mode top speed is limited to 85 mph.
2016 Ford C-Max Design Hybrid
European models for next year were already presented at the Paris Auto Show, couple of weeks ago and it is only safe to assume that US versions will soon follow the same routine. Up front, 2016 Ford C-Max will lose its upper airdam and instead get Ford’s new signature hexagonal stripe grille. This will also lower the nose slightly and headlights too will be sharpened out. At the back, changes won’t be as dramatic, and even though front end fascia goes through a complete overhaul, even overall shape will be kept and why not? C-Max is a good-looking hatch minivan and these minor tweaks will make it even better.
Interior-wise, 2016 Ford C-Max will initially be offered with new set of materials and color options. More contemporary dashboard will be filled with soft plastic and some metallic accents. Both cloth and leather seat upholstery will be kept and will be arranged by the trim levels. SYNC with MyFord touch should become standard across the lineup, while smart gauge with eco guide, which sits in all Ford’s hybrids and EV’s will remain as one of the most distinctive features.C-Max will offer all possible connection options for your smart devices as well, while the top grades should keep the option of upgrading their sound systems to Sony’s premium audio with nine speakers.
Safety features include all the standard options like stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes with emergency brake assist and, of course, mandatory airbags. 2016 Ford C-Max will be fitted with some advanced electronic features as well, including a rearview camera, active park assist, cross traffic alerts and adaptive cruise control.
2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid Price and MPG
Hybrids should be able to keep their 42 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway ratings, while plug-in models will have the fuel efficiency of 40/36 mpg and 19 miles of all-electric range with 88 mpg combined estimates. Prices will move up slightly and base models will be offered for some $25,000, while Energi plug-in should cost more than $32,000.
2016 Ford C-Max will be even better after a redesign, but don’t expect any radical changes. It might look slightly different and could be more refined, but besides that and some new electronic features, it will still ride the same and perform accordingly.