Little hybrid hatch receives a face-lift
Along with the rest of Ford’s small car lineup, sales of the C-Max are down by double digits so far this year. To sweeten the pot just a little, the automaker is lowering prices and adding a range-topping Titanium model.
The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi start at $24,995 USD and $27,995 USD respectively, before available deals and tax credits. Those prices represent a $50 USD price drop from the 2016 C-Max Hybrid, and a whopping $4,650 USD drop for the Energi.
Available on both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid C-Max, the Titanium package adds specially designed wheels, leather-trimmed seats, and 10-way power passenger seat with lumbar. A hands-free, foot-activated liftgate feature is available. The SEL trim on the C-Max Hybrid is gone.
It’s hard to tell, but Ford made a few adjustments to the exterior sheetmetal. The upper grille opening is smaller, and the headlights are also a bit more subdued. Out, the taillights are redesigned, taking on a slightly more angular shape. For 2017, buyers can opt for a new White Gold paint job.
Other than these small changes, the C-Max lineup remains pretty much the same. The C-Max Hybrid features a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor for a combined 188 hp. It has a 1.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack. The Energi plug-in features the same engine and makes the same combined 188 hp, but has a larger 7.6 kW-hr battery. Projected EV range and fuel economy have not yet been listed for this model, but they’re likely to remain the same as last year (19 miles (30.6 km), 88 mpge (2.7 L/100km)).