By on October 2, 2014

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The Astonization of Ford continues, this time with the newly revised 2015 C-Max, bowing at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.

Along with the new face, the compact MPV boasts new tail lamps, revised hatch, new alloy wheels, two new shades of color — Red Rush and Caribou — and an updated center console with fewer buttons and less stitching for a cleaner look.

Safety features for the C-Max include parking assist, cross-traffic alert, the new Park-Out Assist — allowing the crossover to unpark itself from tight spaces — and adaptive cruise control.

Under the hood, a 1.5-liter turbo-four is now available, while European customers also receive a variety of engines, from a 2-liter turbodiesel, to a 1-liter EcoBoost.

Speaking of Europe, the above reflect what can be had in the market, with no word as of yet regarding if any of the changes will cross the Atlantic.

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28 Comments on “Paris 2014: Revised 2015 Ford C-Max Debuts...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Wheels buried under the bodywork, cheap looking lower valance grille, bad DLO fail.

    And it’s still better looking than the current C-Max.

    I wouldn’t consider this a crossover in any sense. It’s just a hatchback.

    • 0 avatar
      Steve-O

      How is it a “DLO fail” if that triangle is actually a window (and daylight is allowed through)?

    • 0 avatar
      StaysCrunchy

      I’m thoroughly convinced that the only people on God’s green and blue earth who care about or even know what “DLO fail” is are the TTAC commenters.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        What you’re saying is that the people here are special – and you’re right!

        It’s a DLO fail because the cut line of the front door comes up to a 90 degree square.

        • 0 avatar
          StaysCrunchy

          I get what it means, I’m just not sure why it’s so universally hated by everyone on these boards. I honestly can’t say I have an opinion about DLO fails in general one way or the other, it’s a design element that never really caught my eye for better or for worse. I’m just genuinely curious how it became such a thing on here.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    IT ATE my comment.

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    “[T]he crossover boasts new tail lamps…” ? How is this a crossover?

  • avatar
    Tosh

    Assuming that pilfering A-M’s grill for the new corporate face a couple of years ago is the orginal reference, but what does “The Astonization at Ford continues” mean? Any new shiny bits? A fresh color?

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    The current C-Max has too much grill. The new one shown at Paris is an improvement in that regard. Still, if Ford wants to get past the sales slump caused by its MPG rating missteps, it will have to make more significant changes to the new C-Max. To increase the mpg on this vehicle, unless you make significant changes to the power train, you will have to improve the drag coefficient. I think that means that you would have to drastically redesign the front end, and you would have to extend the overhang over the hatch. The C-Max is an excellent car in terms of function, but its looks are nothing special. It has a great personality, but it is destined to stay home on prom night.

  • avatar
    furiouschads

    I’m holding off on buying a cmax energi in the expectation that this refresh comes to USA. It is a better package than focus or escape.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    What in the world is a “C-Max”? Is this an Escort, Fiesta, Focus or an Escape in econo-mode?

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      Good question, (scratches head) since the Escape is a Focus I do believe the C-Max would be a Fiesta

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      It’s an MPV version of the Focus. It is on the same platform as the Focus, Escape, and Grand C-Max (bigger with sliding doors). There is a B-Max in Europe that is a Fiesta MPV with sliding doors.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Thanks for the clarification

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          As far as the Ford Global C-Platform vehicles go (Focus, C-Max, Escape, MKC), the C-Max has the best packaging. It is a very nice place to commute in.

          My only worry is that I will get bored with the car and buy something else that isn’t as reliable or practical.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            I agree, the C-Max appears to be almost too practical and somewhat dowdy, something I would tire of rather quickly

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            On paper, it is the best car I have ever owned. It drives well, gets over 40 MPG, has been very reliable, it is great for having kids in car seats, and it is safe. I should be able to drive it for another 10 years without too much of an issue.

            However…..Mustang calls my name.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            I like to tweak/modify cars to alleviate boredom, I tend to gravitate toward cars that lend themselves to be messed with having plenty of aftermarket mods and simple layouts that are fun to work on

    • 0 avatar
      CRConrad

      The first generation was called “Focus C-Max”; it only dropped the “Focus” from the name after the mid-life face-lift.

      So no, not a Fiesta.

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    I love egg-mobiles and this is now the most attractively smooth and conservative looking. Exudes quality without pretense of any kind. It appears to have more capacity than the HR-V with a larger greenhouse. Egg!


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