The C-Max is a compact MPV which has been the choice for many looking to get hatchback driving dynamics coupled with quite a bit of space. The car has been quite successful so far but it is starting to show its age. It seems that a new model is already on its way. Not that long ago rumors about the upcoming 2018 Ford C-Max started to surface and so far these are quite interesting. For starters, the new model is set to be based on a new chassis. It will share its platform with the new Focus. This will translate in a longer wheelbase than before, a wider car as well as a lighter build. The end result should be a more comfortable ride, better fuel consumption, and more space than before.
2018 Ford C-Max Price
The car is more than likely going to cost pretty much the same as before. The gas and diesel powered versions are still going to stick around for a while. Its hybrid versions, on the other hand, might not. This is because Ford is readying a new set of electric and hybrid cars under the Model E name. Even so, the C-Max will offer class leading interior space and features for a very good price. The base models are expected at under $20,000 with the top end versions going up to $30,000.
With the massive $4,000 price drop in the car, you would expect the 2018 Ford C-Max to offer considerably less in terms of powertrain. However, this is not really the case. Previously the car has been available in the US only as a hybrid. The European model also boasted gas and diesel engines offering better value for money. The new 2018 C-Max will closely follow the European model’s powertrains. For starters, the base car is expected to boast a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder turbo with 150 to 180 horsepower. Not only it would be powerful than the hybrid but it is expected to offer north of 40 MPG on the highway. The European market is set to receive both a 1.5-liter diesel with 95 to 140 horsepower as well as a 2-liter diesel with up to 180 horsepower.
Just like with Ford’s upcoming front wheel drive cars, the C-Max is likely going to receive their 9 speed automatic. This will be standard on all US models while the European car is also going to receive a 6-speed gearbox. Thanks to the updated platform, an all wheel drive model is a real possibility at this point.
2018 C-Max Design
Even though Ford hasn’t released any sketches of the car, we do have a good idea about its look. Not that long ago the new Focus has been spied and it is a well-known fact the 2018 Ford C-Max will borrow some of its design cues. The lower hood, the wider body as well as the longer wheelbase are already a given at this point. The C-Max will get the taller roof-line but it is expected to become Ford’s new sporty MPV. In the front, it will benefit from a slimmer grille and headlights while the new arched roof will give it the appeal it needed.
Interior of new 2018 Ford C-Max
One of the largest changes is going to be the dashboard. Ford showcased their desire to become more than just a value for money manufacturer. The new Fiesta proved that and it seems the C-Max and the Focus will follow shortly. The car will get pretty much the same type of dashboard as that of the new Fiesta. There will be some changes such as an optional digital instrument cluster, a larger infotainment screen as well as better materials. A rotary knob for the automatic gearbox is also a real possibility but this will be confirmed closer to its release date.