The Ford Company has revealed the new Ford C Max which will be available as the hybrid and the plug-in hybrid. This tall hatchback has been redesigned for the 2017 model year, so this time the 2018 Ford C Max Hybrid will arrive with just some minor upgrades. This will include two new exterior colors and the addition of a rearview camera as the standard equipment.
The new Ford will offer roomy and nicely designed cabin, comfortable ride and a good hybrid powertrain under the hood. However, the upcoming C Max will not be that fuel-efficient as its competitors. Furthermore, it might lack in limited cargo space and it won’t be offered with the all-wheel drive configuration. The new Ford will be available in SE and Titanium trims levels. Its main rivals will be Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Rio, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Kia Niro Hybrid.
2018 Ford C Max Hybrid powertrain and performance
Under the hood of the 2018 Ford C Max Hybrid will be placed a hybrid powertrain. It will be a 2.0-liter inline-4 Atkinson -cycle engine combined with a two-motor hybrid system and a lithium-ion battery. All together, they are able to produce around 195 horsepower. The difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid engines is that the first one get the battery of 1.4-kWh. However, the plug-in hybrid has a stronger battery of 7.6 kWh. The hybrid offers the all-electric range of one mile while the plug-in hybrid gives 20 miles of range. As for the fuel efficiency, the new Ford Hybrid gets 42 mpg in city, 38 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined. The front-wheel drive configuration will be standard.
Design of exterior and interior
The new 2018 Ford C Max Hybrid shares the same platform with the Focus hatchback model. However, the C Max is significantly taller than the Focus which makes it look like a smaller minivan. Speaking of the exterior design, you either like it or not. It slightly looks like the Focus model but it is only more upright and much taller. The front features the brand’s familiar trapezoidal grille and a pair of narrow headlamps. The base model ride on the 17-inch alloy wheels while the Titanium trim feature different design of the same standard ones. Furthermore, the new Ford will be now available with two new exterior colors.
Speaking of the interior, the 2018 Ford C Max Hybrid offers excellent cabin space and it is able to welcome four adults. The seats are surprisingly very cozy and upholstered in quality and soft-touch synthetic cloth. However, the higher trim will be available with leather upholstery. There will be a plenty of head and legroom for all although the cargo space will be a bit limited. The dashboard will feature a 4.0-inch display.
The base model will come with dual-zone climate control, audio system with 6 speakers, keyless entry, a rearview camera, heater vents for rear seats etc.
The Titanium trim level will add ambient LED lighting, keyless ignition, 10-way adjustable front seats and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 Ford C Max Hybrid is already available for sale. As for the price, it should be similar to the one of the current model which starts at around $27,000.