In a convenient strategy from Ford, the C-Max hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid were revised for the 2017 launch. The novelties for the revision come in the form of a lower price tag, slight changes in styling, and more efficiency on the road.
This strategy comes to all markets but not being applied exactly the same way. To have a good idea of this, the 2017 C-Max will feature notable changes in its appearance but these will be different between the US and European models.
Actually, this is a common thing to see. Different markets often don’t share exactly the same models. What is strange is that the revision was simultaneous for both versions, because it implies way more work. Nevertheless, we are going to talk about the US version this time.
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The Machine Under The Hood
The 2017 C-Max represents the revision of an already successful hybrid for Ford, which has been well received in most markets around the world. While it isn’t reporting record-breaking sales, the model moves steadily forward to become a favorite in its segment.
The hybrid powertrain will be the same: a 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine along with an electric motor fed by a 1.4-kWh battery pack. The whole setup generates up to 188 horsepower at 6000 rpm and the gas engine produces a maximum torque of 129 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.
The novelty here is that fuel economy is getting better, going from 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway to 42 and 38 mpg respectively. These small numbers are well received on the long-term.
Beyond this optimization in efficiency, there aren’t more significant changes to the specs. We must mention what is coming from the past model, anyway. The 2017 C-Max will be exclusively front-wheel drive, as expected, and come with an electronic continuously variable transmission.
The top speed stays at 115 mph (185 km/h), which isn’t bad for a hybrid. If we go full-electric mode, the top speed drops to 62 mph (100 km/h).
Looks and Trims
The US 2017 C-Max is bringing some interesting changes to the appearance. These come to the front grille, headlights, taillights, and rims. For the grille, a great restyling was made but the rest is new. For Up and Coming Cars, the changes are good and appropriate, without being too radical.
The Titanium trim, a favorite among Ford models, arrived to replace the SEL trim, present until last year. As expected, the Titanium will bring more comfort and convenience for an extra price, representing the top-notch model.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 C-Max for the US represents a pleasant revision that slightly improves some important aspects that most people will appreciate. Things like efficiency and price are hard to criticize when the first goes up and the other goes down.
The base price starts at US$24,995, US$50 lower than the 2016 model.