When Ford first introduced the C-Max to America, it was pledging two hybrid 5-door versions, and a 7-passenger mini-van. Well the mini-van isn’t coming here, meaning the C-Max will be available only as a hybrid. Is this Ford’s own Prius?
I guess, in a way, yes, even though it does share the C-platform with the Ford Focus. By dropping the 7-passenger mini-van model, which would likely have received an EcoBoost engine, Ford has made the C-Max its first pure hybrid vehicle. The C-Max will come in two flavors, the first most likely being a series-parallel hybrid system, like the Prius and Fusion Hybrid. Then there is the C-Max Energi, which will be a plug-in hybrid, like the Chevy Volt, but will have an estimated 500 mile driving range (compared to the 350 or so miles of the Volt.)
And here I was thinking the next Ford Fusion Hybrid, which could get up to 48 mpg in the city, would be the Blue Oval’s Prius fighter. But now, with the C-Max line devoted purely to hybrids, it is clear that Ford wants to position the 5-seater C-Max as its answer to Toyota’s benchmark. However, Toyota has its own plug-in Prius in the works, and early reviews are promising. And as much of a Ford fanboy as I am, I wouldn’t count Toyota out of the running yet.
Just on looks though, which do you prefer? C-Max, or Prius? If you ask me, they look disturbingly similar…
Source: Ford Inside News
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.