The new 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid crossover utility is coming soon. Ford has announced today that they are now taking orders for the new hybrid only vehicle that replaces the Escape Hybrid. Ford chose to create a stand-alone utility that marries more car-like chassis design with the same room and features an SUV can provide.
And based on what Ford is telling us already, they expect to go head-to-head with the new Toyota Prius v, which is a taller wagon variant of the Prius. The C-MAX will begin arriving this fall with a base price of $25,995, Ford says that’s about $500 lower than the Toyota Prius v’s base price.
Toward the end of this year, Ford will also begin selling the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid version that will enable you to extend your electric only (EV) mode to stretch your gas mileage out even more.
“C-MAX Hybrid offers better fuel economy, performance, technology and functionality than Prius v – and C-MAX Hybrid customers will pay less at the dealership and at the pump,” said Ken Czubay, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford is delivering the power of choice for leading fuel economy across its lineup – from EcoBoost to electrified vehicles – because customers increasingly want to save money at the pump, even as gas prices rise over time.”
The C-MAX Hybrid is based on Ford’s global C-segment platform which underpins the Ford Focus. The taller profile allows it to be jam-packed with features and room for five people and cargo while being able to attain higher efficiency than an SUV like the Escape.
Still, the C-MAX Hybrid has a high roofline which affords ample interior space and flexibility. Ford is happy to point out that their C-MAX Hybrid offers 99.7 cubic feet of passenger space compared with 97 cubic feet in Prius v. The C-MAX Hybrid also provides greater headroom in both front and rear seats than Prius v Ford says.
Already a forefront feature of the new Ford Escape, the C-MAX will feature the company’s new hands-free liftgate, allowing for quick and easy access to the cargo area without messing with keys. A gentle kicking motion under the rear bumper opens the liftgate when used in combination with a key fob the user keeps in his or her pocket or purse that tells the car it’s OK to engage. The same motion can close the liftgate. Nice.
The C-MAX Hybrid is powered by a new Ford developed hybrid powertrain that has a combination of a 2.0 liter gasoline engine and a battery-driven electric motor. In the back is an advanced li-ion battery system too, which has greater range than the first generation nickel hydride batteries.
Many customers will be happy to know also that the Ford C-MAX Hybrid will be produced at Ford’s Wayne, MI plant alongside the Focus, Focus Electric and Focus ST. The plant has been remodeled from when it produced full size SUV’s to create the widest range of Ford’s most efficient vehicles ever.