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2013 Ford C-Max Energi – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Ford C-Max combines the look and feel of a hatchback with the people and cargo-hauling capability of a crossover. And did we mention that Ford is striving for best-in-class fuel economy at the same time? That's a formula sure to intrigue buyers, but there are some who will want all that utility with the added bonus of even better efficiency.

The first step up the efficiency ladder is the C-Max Hybrid. Ford promises efficiency above and beyond that of the Fusion hybrid, which means more than 41 miles per gallon in the city and an EV-only top speed of at least 47 miles per hour – not a big surprise given improvements to Ford's Powersplit technology. The C-Max hybrid will also utilize Ford's 2.0-liter engine running on the Atkinson cycle, which is quite a bit smaller than the 2.5-liter mill motivating the Fusion.

A quantum eleap beyond the C-Max hybrid is the Energi; an extended range people-mover that can be motivated via battery power, gasoline or a mix of the two. Ford isn't ready to spill beans on the Energi's EV-only range, but The Blue Oval is willing to tell us that owners can expect to travel over 500 miles with a full tank and a complete charge. The Energi's battery pack will be built in-house and based on lithium technology, which tells us this green-approved CUV should be able to drive several miles on batteries alone. And Ford will make it easier for smartphone owners to check out battery life with its upcoming MyFord Mobile app.

Both the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energy will be produced at Michigan Assembly Plant starting in 2012. Click on the galleries below to peruse the high-res images.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      What!? 500 miles is terrible.
      TDIs have been beating that for years. Hybrid fail.

      Diesel-powered electric motors are the way to go here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It depends on the size of the tank. If it has a 10 gallon tank, that it pretty darned impressive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has some aston martin cues...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The obvious question for the Energy is electric range. Otherwise, i'd take that over a Volt
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to say it but with a kid on the way, this could be the wheels of choice. Damit CTS-V wagon, why couldn't you be in my price range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this Energi is Ford's Volt.

      Sounds good... more entries into this segment the faster that prices for batteries and other components drop.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Danimal

        Well 2013 is only 2 years ago, so not really sure if GM would have a whole 2nd generation of the Volt powertrain that early. They would definitely have improved upon it by then, but my guess is that it would still be mostly the same.

        The biggest deal is that in 2 years, battery technology and mass production will hopefully have let prices come down at least some amount. GM definitely have the lead in this area so far, but competition will make all these vehicles better in the long run.

        I think the white elephant in the room though is going to be Toyota. I haven't read much of anything about the plug-in Prius, but everyone knows its coming. With the 10+ years of know-how that Toyota has over almost everyone else in the hybrid world, this could get very interesting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe this can encourage Chevy to bring out that Volt MPV thingy

        The Ampage or whatever
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Ace convoy

        Yeah, wasn't that one based on the Orlando mini-minivan but using Volt powertrain?

        It wasn't as sleek as this Energi vehicle, but it was a pretty nice looking car for people looking for a little more room.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sounds like it. Although in 2013, this Energi drive train will really be competing with the next gen Voltec more than the current one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't realize Aston is expanding its line up with an electric mini MPV!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford's strategy for leveraging the 2 Million global sales of the C-platform products - gas, EV, hybrid, EcoBoost, plug-in... clearly superior to GM's single and expensive dedicated Volt platform... Plus, the Focus is a much better driving car than the Volt with better interior technologies and craftsmanship... value too!!! Remember, the Volt is a money looser for GM priced at $40K...!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        1. The Volt platform is based on the Cruze's
        2. The platform isn't what's expensive about the Volt, it's the drivetrain
        3. Have you driven the new Focus and the new Volt to be able to make such claims about handling?
        4. What makes you so sure that a hybrid/plug-in hybrid Focus will drive like the standard Focus
        5. Sync has the edge in getting headlines, but from what I've read the Volt's infotainment electronics are very sophisticated.
        6. Arguments about 'craftsmanship' on a car that has only delivered a few hundred units versus a car that hasn't been released yet are subjective at the least.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone explain me whats the exact difference between hybrid and energy ? hybrid is paralel (like prius?) and energy serial (i.e the gas engine dont run wheels directly but supply electricity to the electric engine) like volt ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        From the sound of this: "A quantum eleap beyond the C-Max hybrid is the Energi; an extended range people-mover that can be motivated via battery power, gasoline or a mix of the two."

        I don't think Energi is a series hybrid.

        Since they are distinguishing it from the hybrid, my guess is that it is a plugin hybrid with a larger battery pack
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only five passengers. Sliding doors gone. Slumming it with the Prius V I see.

      How about keeping the Grand C-Max with 6/7 passengers, keeping the sliding doors and shoving a really thrifty diesel under the hood. You wouldn't be able to keep them on the dealer lots.

      I guess poser-mobiles sell better than practical solutions for real families.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice looking car, but it seems like every automaker has decided a stupid D-pillar is better than visibility. That hideous and detrimental D-pillar needs to go away.
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