Ford introduced America’s first line of hybrid-only vehicles in the form of the second generation of Ford C-Max Hybrids in 2012. Next year’s model plans are already hinting at trying to further improve this vehicle, but can they? Here are some ideas of what hybrid lovers can expect from the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid:
The expected MSRP of the ’15 models have yet to be released, but as of the beginning of 2014, the C-Max Hybrid SE had a starting price of slightly more than $25,000. The ’15 expected starting price has yet to be confirmed, but it would be safe to assume next year’s model will start with a slightly higher price tag but that it should not go above $26.000.
Review Of 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Chevy and Toyota are still competing in the hybrid game and both of these represent quite powerful competitors, so Ford’s continuing with its current growth plan for 2015 models. The Ford C-Max Hybrid line is often compared to the Toyota Prius due to its body, performance, and price similarities. Even with the physical comparisons, Ford hasn’t come close to outselling Toyota on the hybrid front. But it doesn’t mean they’re out of the game.
The 2015 engine lineup isn’t expected to change from the current year’s models, although a 1.5 liter Ecoboost unit may be applied to more models. Still, with its current front-wheel drive 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and energy electric motor that supply 188 horse power under the hood this is a decent choice. The 13.5 gallon capacity fuel tank will continue to offer over 540 cruising highway miles or 600 city when combined with the power of its lightweight lithium-ion battery.
2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid MPG
It’s a pretty sure bet that the new C-Max Hybrid will be lighter yet again compared to previous years, but the jury’s still out on whether or not any substantial technical updates will be applied to the new base model. There are hints that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be decreased in 2015, but it won’t be anything to shout from rooftops. The basic 5-passenger seating and estimated 45 city/40 highway mpg will continue in the new models.
The release date is still being guarded, but it’s looking like the 2015 models will be launched during spring of 2014th, in the next few months. Tests are currently in the final stages, so more information’s should be available shortly. Ford is also working on an updated C-Max Hybrid MPV which will likely be offered as the main 2015 model for this summer.
One thing that has been confirmed is that the new C-Max will have a face-lift. Ford will be implementing Aston-Martin style grilles to all models, and the 2015 C-Max Hybrid itself will have a larger grille than the 2014 models. The new C-Max face-lift can also be expected to include restyled headlights and some subtle changes to the rear of the vehicles.
Regardless of the confirmed stats for the upcoming C-Max Hybrid lineup, 2015 pre-sale orders have already guaranteed a healthy profit line for Ford hybrid departments. There is no doubt that Ford will further invest in the development of hybrid electric powertrains.