Nice, 27. September 2010 – reason alone is apparently not enough: for years, ford pursued a no-nonsense line with the fiesta, focus and c-max, which was certainly associated with practical advantages, such as ease of operation or good all-round visibility. Then, with the fiesta, the people of koln virtually initiated a design turnaround that followed fashion trends rather than functional ones. And lo and behold – the new fiesta is a hit in the market, beauty beats practicality.
The new line
For the new ford focus and its derivatives, the company is following a similar line. And there will be no less than ten body variants. In addition to the three- and five-door models, the station wagon, the st and the coupe convertible, there will also be two compact vans: c-max and grand c-max. While the new sedan will be launched in march 2011, and the station wagon shortly thereafter, the two compact vans are already on the market in mid-november 2010. We drove the c-max with the new 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine.
When you look at the new c-max, you notice the much more dynamic body compared with the (still current) vorganger: the lower window line rises, the side windows end with a jaunty curve. The grand c-max, which is 14 centimeters longer, is a different story: up to the b-pillar, it is identical to its little brother, but behind it it becomes rather unattractive. Otherwise, the differences are quickly explained: the grand c-max is equipped with two sliding side doors and is optionally available with seven seats.
The c-max can’t quite keep up the level in the interior. The jagged dashboard with the silver crossbars, the humped center console: the designers call all this "expressive shapes" – we find it rather impractical. However, the material and workmanship quality is okay, except for the textile covering of the armrests in the doors, which feels a bit greasy.