Ford Takes it to the Max in Paris – With New S-Max and C-Max Models

Europe gets two "un-minivans."

by on Oct.02, 2014

Ford's European "people-mover" family includes the B-, C- and S-Max models.

Ford is rolling out two new “people movers” for the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and American motorists may see the updated version of the C-Max make it to U.S. showrooms in the near future.

The C-Max and stretched Grand C-Max will debut alongside an all-new version of the bigger S-Max. Along with the pint-sized B-Max, they make up a family of sport-activity vehicles that serve as a European alternative for families who’d like something a little more visually appealing and fun to drive than a classic minivan.

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The new S-Max is the most sophisticated of the bunch, and will undergo the most complete changeover. Under the skin, the 2015 remake will share the same CD4 platform that will underpin the next-generation Ford Mondeo line – which is sold in the U.S. as the Fusion sedan.

The goal of the project was to “Strengthen the strengths of the old car, fix the weaknesses and add new technology,” explained chief program engineer Rolf Deges.

The 2015 Ford C-Max gets a bigger sibling in the family: the Grand C-Max.

While maintaining roughly the same dimensions as the old car, the new S-Max carries over none of its parts and components, Ford claims.

Among other thing, the 2015 model adopts a new electric power steering and integral-link rear suspension, with the front MacPherson strut suspension also undergoing some revisions to improve ride and handling.

Ford will offer a mix of gas and diesel engines – a must for the European market – starting with a 118-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four, and running up to a 237-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost package. All-wheel-drive will be available as an option.

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The new S-Max sits a bit lower and adopts a more upscale and sporty overall appearance. With slightly less glass than the outgoing model, it’s a bit less clumsily van-like. The nose takes on the now-familiar Ford face, with the trapezoid grille that first debuted on the current American Fusion model. Auto-dimming LED headlamps are optional.

While the S-Max is the top of the European people-move family, Ford has chosen not to ship it over to the States, apparently fearful of competing with its own Flex and Edge models.

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The Ford S-Max is one of four vehicles in the maker's "Max" family.

What U.S. motorists do get is the C-Max – albeit only in hybrid and plug-in configurations. Like the bigger C-Max, the goal was to give the midrange mover a more sporty, less van-like appearance. It adopts more angular headlamps, and a familiar grille shape with chromed horizontal bars. The interior gets a number of upgrades, as well, including a new center console.

In European spec, the C-Max and 7-seat Grand C-Max offer a range of engines, including a 1.5-liter turbodiesel and a 1.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine. Ford hasn’t said yet whether the battery-based drivelines found in the American C-Max will be offered in Europe.

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New technologies for 2015 include Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Park Assist and the latest generation of the Sync infotainment system.

For the moment, Ford is sidestepping questions about whether the new version of the C-Max will come to the States. That’s likely to happen at some point, but considering the two-year delay in bringing the current American Fusion to Europe – where it is known as the Mondeo – we may have to wait awhile to get the new version of the C-Max people-mover.

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One Response to “Ford Takes it to the Max in Paris – With New S-Max and C-Max Models”

  1. nobsartist says:

    Amazing how they can bring out a 10 year old design and call it all new.