Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX 2012 1.6 125Hp Review and Test Drive
The Ford Focus C-MAX, which began production in 2003, was created on the Ford Ford C1 platform, the same as the second-generation Focus and the first-generation Mazda 5. The designers were tasked to create a car that combines multifunctionality, comfort, rapid design and excellent driving performance. The company's management is positioning C-Max as a fundamentally new type of vehicle - Multi Activity Vehicle (MAV). C-MAX has noticeably exceeded the Focus in size, it is longer, wider and higher. The wheelbase has increased by 25 mm, and the track - by 40 mm.
According to the designers, the C-Max is a softer and smoother version of the New Edge. The rapid, but smooth rise of the bonnet, a sloped windshield, a sloping roof, ending with a spoiler, a convex rear door, large vertical lights in the stern racks - all this is very harmoniously combined. The drag coefficient is Cd = 0.31. As an option to the C-Max, a sports package is offered - the original design of the air intake and grille, with moldings on the sides, 18-inch alloy wheels with low profile tires.
The fact that the creators have relied not on practicality, but on comfort is also evidenced by the fact that, not inferior in size to many 7-seater minivans, the C-Max is designed only for five people. The abandonment of the third row of seats made it possible to provide more than comfortable accommodation for rear passengers. The system of transformation of the rear seats is installed as standard in Trend and Ghia trim levels. With it, it is easy to turn the central seat into a wide armrest - a table with cup holders, or push it completely into the trunk, while the extreme seats move not only forward and backward, but also towards each other. The boot capacity is 582, and with the rear seats removed - 1692 liters. Inside, there are about eleven different compartments for various kinds of luggage, including a 10.5 liter glove box.
Special attention deserves the driver's seat. High landing provides an excellent overview, the steering column and the seat have a very decent range of adjustments. In addition, the driver's seat is equipped with a folding armrest. As an option in versions of Trend and Ghia, you can install a common armrest between the seats, and even with two cup holders and an additional compartment that holds 12 cans of 0.33 liters or one 1.5-liter bottle and 9 cans.
One of the technical innovations is the video surveillance system for the salon - IRIS (Integrated Remote Imaging System). Being outside, the driver can see everything that happens in the car: it is very convenient, especially when there are children in the car. The camera transmits the image to a special PDA device.
The satellite system Denso DVD is used, in which there is a complete map of Europe and a “route guide” that helps to choose the best path and avoid traffic jams. Rear seat passengers can enjoy watching a movie or playing computer games using the Visteon multimedia system (two screens are mounted in the front headrests).
Under the hood were gasoline engines 1.6 (100 or 114 hp.), 1.8 (125 hp.) And 2.0 with 145 liters. with. Turbodiesel engines had a volume of 1.6 or 2.0 liters and a capacity of 90–136 liters. with., on the Russian market, such versions are not officially supplied. Four-speed "automatic" was offered in a pair with a two-liter gasoline engine.
The car was equipped with parking brakes, which automatically work when the car stops and turn off when the engine starts. Also in the list of safety systems are ABS, Brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and ESP. Passive safety C-MAX - this is the front and side airbags, as well as side curtains and three-point belts for all five passengers. In addition, the pedals in the frontal impact develops, and the steering column slides forward.
On January 13, 2004, the Focus C-MAX was awarded the Automotive Design Award at the Brussels International Auto Show for design in the small functional car category.
The reworked model was presented in 2007 at the Bologna Motor Show. The car not only received an updated exterior and interior, but began to be positioned as an independent model, without the Focus prefix in the title. The transformations of the model were carried out under the flag of the new design idea Kinetic Design, which added to the appearance of the car even more dynamism. To meet the requirements of engineers for passive safety, the front overhang was extended and the hood was raised. And when designing the interior, the objectives were to increase the height of the passenger compartment, more space for passengers, and increase visibility.
The salon offers high-quality finish and a decent level of ergonomics. Inside, the steering wheel also became more comfortable (tides in places of constant grip), a new door upholstery and new door handles appeared. Inside, there are more than ten different compartments for different luggage, the volume of the glove box is 10.5 liters. The boot capacity is 582 liters. In expensive trim levels, it is possible to transform the rear seats, in which the middle seat moves backwards and the side seats move towards each other.
The second-generation car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15, 2009. Based on the appearance of the concept iosis MAX. The car will be the first of Ford’s model line built on the new global Ford platform of the C segment, with the optimized “Control Blade” multi-link rear suspension and a semi-insulated front subframe.
Ford C-MAX 2010 received a 5 star safety rating of the independent organization Euro NCAP. The car was awarded the highest rating for protection against lash injuries, which has ever been appropriated in the entire history of the organization NCAP, and demonstrated excellent safety of the driver and passengers, both adults and children. C-MAX 2010 is equipped with Ford Intelligent Protection System (IPS), which combines a high-strength body frame with modern driver and passenger restraint systems. 53% of the body of each car are made of high strength steel. A similar characteristic of the previous generation model was 45%.
Heavy-duty steel is used in the front and middle racks, side protection panels and door amplifiers. This contributes to the creation of a safety capsule that optimizes the deformation in a collision, including frontal and side collisions, as well as lateral impacts on a pole. Very strong two-phase steel is used in the front deformation zone, internal side panels and floor crossbars for maximum impact energy absorption and control of the safety capsule deformation. C-MAX also contain a front subframe of the chassis, designed to separate the body bottom from the chassis during frontal impact and reduce the deformation of the front niches for the legs.
A key feature of Ford’s intelligent protection system used in the C-MAX is the presence of individual single-stage frontal airbags and three-dimensional side airbags to protect the driver’s and front-passenger chest, as well as standard side curtains to protect the people sitting on the first and second row.
Driver safety is enhanced by the horizontally moved Ford steering column, which reduces head and chest load by removing from the driver with frontal impacts at high speeds. Ford has also installed more effective front seat belt pretensioners with increased pull-ups, as well as tension limiters. All C-MAX rear seats are equipped with three-point seat belts, and second row side seats with ISOFIX anchorages.
The front end design is also carefully optimized to improve pedestrian protection. So there was a folding wiper system and a soft "fairing", reducing the effects of hitting the base of the windshield.
In 2014, the model was updated. The debut of new items took place in early October, at the Paris Motor Show International Motor Show. The changes are both cosmetic and technical.
The front view gives you the opportunity to evaluate the modified design of the headlights equipped with LED running lights and a wide smile, created by the brand false radiator grille with chrome elements. In addition to all of the above, the car received a new relief hood and a different type of front bumper. The shape of the door has changed behind, the lights have become slightly smaller, the bumper has been slightly updated.
In the interior of the updated C-Max also occurred a number of changes. The most notable of them is the updated center console. In it, the designers changed the layout of the buttons. The outdated management has been replaced by a new multimedia system SYNC of the 2nd generation with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. More space for storing small items appeared in the cabin. Among the different compartments, you can even find niches for bottles of different sizes, ranging from 0.4 up to 1 l.
Of the innovations in the cabin, you can select an additional USB port, and besides this, the new steering wheel is now heated.
The manufacturer stated that the quality of the materials used in the trim, has improved markedly. It is also stated that the insulation has been improved in the car. The glazing became thicker, as was the system for isolating the perimeter of the passenger compartment from noise, and the engine is now "lying" on new, anti-vibration pads.
Particular attention is paid to the designers comfortable control of the new C-Max. So, the engineers made significant adjustments to the tuning of the suspension and steering.
The engine range has been expanded. Now it includes a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost with a capacity of 150 or 182 horsepower. Still in service 1-liter turbo engine EcoBoost with a return of 100 and 125 forces. In the diesel ranks, too, there is a replenishment. We are talking about a new 1.5-liter engine. He also has two power options - 95 or 120 horsepower. He replaced the 1.6-liter unit. Ford engineers also upgraded the diesel engine with a 2-liter working capacity. After the work on it, he became more environmentally friendly: emissions into the atmosphere were reduced by 20%. For kompaktvena manufacturer offers it in versions with a capacity of 140 and 163 hp.
The list of available equipment, in comparison with the previous generation, has expanded considerably. From the new in the list of modern electronic assistants to the driver, it is worth noting the modified automatic parking system, as well as a clever cruise control with a collision avoidance system. For a fee, you can equip the C-Max system of emergency braking City Stop, as well as bi-xenon headlights. In addition, among the options appeared the MyKey system, which allows the owner to program an additional key to limit the maximum speed (for example, if it is assumed that an inexperienced driver will control the compact van).