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The Ford C-Max hatchback looks to be getting a few cosmetic updates, as evidenced in this latest set of spy photos. Like the smaller Focus, which also received a nip/tuck for the 2015 model year, the C-Max appears to be getting a revised front fascia with slimmer headlamps and a more, shall we say, Aston Martin-like grille. Around back, there looks to be a new bumper with redesigned taillamps, as well.

In other markets, the C-Max people-mover is available with a range of powertrains, but here in the US, it exists either as a traditional gas-electric or plug-in hybrid. The C-Max's fuel economy has been a particular topic of interest lately, with its official fuel economy ratings having been lowered twice since the vehicle's launch. Sales initially suffered a bit following this fiasco, though numbers have since leveled out. It's unclear if Ford is working on any powertrain tweaks for the updated C-Max seen here, however.

Ford has likely spruced up the hatch's interior, as well, though we don't have photos of that at this time. Mum's the word on when we'll see the new C-Max, but our best guess is that it'll arrive sometime in the next year.


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      bob lozano
      • 8 Months Ago
      Have had a 2013 for a bit more than a year and a half. All sorts of goodness in this car. The format (height / footprint) it's just about perfect for an actual small utility / around town ride. Perhaps the most surprising is it's reasonable precise handling, acceleration etc. For a real next generation I'd keep the format the same and drop weight (it's about 300 lb heavier than the Prius-V).
      Ziv
      • 8 Months Ago
       I see I am not the only one who got a laugh out of the "traditional gas-electric" line. The automotive world has come a long way in a relatively short time.
      KO
      • 8 Months Ago

      We're at the point now where a gas/electric hybrid is 'traditional,' huh?

      Sorten Borten
      • 8 Months Ago

      Hopefully they reduced the curb weight a bit.  As it stands now it's 1000lb heavier than the Prius C and 500lb heavier than the Prius.

        Benjamin Burkhardt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Sorten Borten

        It doesn't compete with the Prius lift back or the Prius C. It competes with the Prius V. 

          Sorten Borten
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Benjamin Burkhardt

          Ok, it's only 300 lbs heavier than the Prius V :-p  FWIW, plenty of people are cross shopping the C-Max with the full Prius range.  I know I did before I purchased the Prius C, because I wanted a Ford.

      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago

      Not bad.Hope they won't overstate the MPG this time.

      Neil Blanchard
      • 8 Months Ago

      Looks like they have cleaned up the aero, somewhat.  The roofline seems to curve down more, maybe?

      Boogaloo
      • 8 Months Ago

      Let's hope that they sh*t-can some of those (ahem) "tasteful silver accents" that make the interior such a visual nightmare!

        Ryan
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Boogaloo

        the chrome is blinding if the sun hits it right

      David Murray
      • 8 Months Ago

      I test drove a C-Max Energi.  It was okay, but just not that attractive.  It is just so bland.   I wish ford would take their hybrid and PHEV technology and put it into the Focus.

        drewbiewhan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @David Murray

        They did... It's called the Focus Energi...

        Also the C-Max shares a lot of the same characteristics as the Focus, including platform.

          Jesse Gurr
          • 8 Months Ago
          @drewbiewhan

          There is no such thing as a a Focus Energi.  There have been rumors, but nothing confirmed yet.  There is, however, a Focus Electric BEV.  Is that what you are talking about?

        Benjamin Burkhardt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @David Murray

        The C Max is variant of the Focus. 

      robert
      • 8 Months Ago

      If they had the same power plants as Europe, there would be one of these in my driveway.  Too late now. 

      Jarda
      • 8 Months Ago
      f u Ford, bring the new S-Max!
      BipDBo
      • 8 Months Ago

      It still looks like a minivan.

      They should have left this car in Europe where it belongs and put the hybrid drivetrains into the Escape and Transit Connect wagon. 

        icemilkcoffee
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BipDBo

        A hybrid Transit Connect would be all kinds of awesome.

        razorpit
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BipDBo

        I want to like this vehicle but just can't.  I agree with your Transit comment. If you remember, this is not the C Max we were suppose to get. Can't think of the name at the moment but there is a bigger version of this vehicle in Europe with sliding doors similar to the Mazda.

        This vehicle needs some trunk space. I remember reading somewhere it was not intended to be a hybrid until late in the development cycle.  Thus the lack of trunk space.

          Dean Hammond
          • 8 Months Ago
          @razorpit

          correct...this is basically a converted ICE vehicle, so trunk space was compromised, however Ford is working on a DEDICATED Hybrid which will hopefully adress that issue, in the meantime this is basically a stopgap with a few warts, but it sure drives well...KILLS the Prius in every sector barring ultimate mileage.

          Jesse Gurr
          • 8 Months Ago
          @razorpit

          You are thinking of the grand CMax. And yes I wish they would have brought that over as well

          BipDBo
          • 8 Months Ago
          @razorpit

          Featuring the styling of a minivan and the utility a compact!
          Yay!
          Seriously, what were they thinking?

          The Fusion hybrid and energi, in my mind, are a hit, just a bit overpriced.

      Christian Rosario
      • 8 Months Ago

      I love Ford but I don't understand how they get away with these horrid looking hubcaps and they're used on the focus too. 

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