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Updated Ford C-Max Revealed for Europe

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/17/2014 Joseph Capparella

Ford just revealed the Euro-Market S-Max, and now we get to see what the refreshed C-Max will look like for Europe. The hatchback will debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in a few weeks with updated styling and some new technology features. Although Ford has not yet confirmed that these updates will translate directly to the U.S.-spec C-Max, we expect a similar update will make its way to our shores for the 2016 Ford C-Max, just as it did with the updated 2015 Ford Focus.

The Ford C-Max is available in the U.S. only as a hybrid model. We don’t expect this to change, but look for the U.S.-market C-Max to adopt this new European model’s sleeker styling and improved interior. The front end adopts a more streamlined look with a simplified front grille design and new, swept-back headlights. The rear end is not changed as significantly, but the new, larger taillights do tidy up the look. On the inside, the Ford C-Max adopts similar upgrades as the 2015 Ford Focus, with its new steering wheel, rearranged climate controls, and simplified button layout that’s meant to improve ergonomics.

New technology features are also part of the refresh, as the C-Max adopts a new Sync infotainment system with greater capabilities and connectivity features. Additional optional features for the new model also include a heated steering wheel and a cross-traffic alert system.

Ford C Max for 2014 Paris Motor Show

Ford C Max for 2014 Paris Motor Show© Provided by MotorTrend Ford C Max for 2014 Paris Motor Show It’s unclear at this point whether the U.S. version of the refreshed Ford C-Max will feature any powertrain improvements, but it’s possible that Ford may revise the car’s hybrid system to improve fuel economy. The C-Max hybrid has been subject to two separate mileage adjustments, which lowered the C-Max hybrid’s initial EPA estimates of 47/47 mpg city/highway down to its current rating of 42/37 mpg city/highway. The Ford C-Max is also available in the U.S. as a plug-in hybrid model called the Energi that can run on electric power for up to 20 miles.

Stay tuned to hear about what Ford might have in store for the refreshed U.S.-market version of the Ford C-Max, and check out the photos of the European version in the gallery.

Source: Ford

Ford C Max for 2014 Paris Motor Show© Provided by MotorTrend Ford C Max for 2014 Paris Motor Show
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