2019 Ford C-max Hybrid and Solar Energi Concept

This could be the last run for the C-Max MPV in the US. The company plans to discontinue it after next season. But, some other sources are rubbishing off these reports, claiming that the future of hybrid and PHEV cars are never in doubt. What’s more, the 2019 Ford C-max could evolve to all-electric Energi model. That would be the clear sign that discontinuation of the C-Max is just a spin from haters or competition.

The 2019 Ford C-max will be heavily based on the Ford Focus. These two vehicles will share petrol engine. Also, a more popular car could borrow the electric generator for the first Energi model. On the other hand, the C-max is smaller than Focus. Buyers who look for the more economical vehicle will choose MPV over the hatchback.

2019 Ford C-max

2019 Ford C-max mileage and controversies

Current C-Max is offered only as the hybrid model. In the past, this vehicle had problems with fuel economy. In 2013, some tests have shown that MPV delivered 10 miles less than advertised. This caused a lot of doubts, eventually ending with stories about discontinuation, Unfortunately, the PHEV model saw its discontinuation in 2017.

The new 2019 Ford C-max is going to maintain the mileage it predecessor offered. Tested and approved, the compact minivan could return 42 mpg in city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Drivetrain

Under the hood of the 2019 Ford C-max is a hybrid drivetrain. A 2.0-liter petrol engine is a base for this system. With an electric motor, it can create 190 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque.

2019 Ford C-max side view

Plug-in Energi Hybrid

The plug-in vehicle was discontinued in 2017. However, it returns in a slightly different form. Now, the 2019 Ford C-max PHEV can return 95 MPGe. The electric-only range for the Energi model is 20 miles, and its battery takes seven hours to recharge on the standard power outlet. By using a fast charger, time is cut to 2.5 hours.

2019 Ford C-max Solar Energi Concept

This is the brand-new concept by Ford. The company is serious in its development of electric lineup. The 2019 Ford C-max Solar Energi is a revolutionary concept. The same drivetrain we can find on Plug-In hybrid will be used here as well. But, you won’t recharge it by plugging it into a power outlet. Instead, solar panels installed on the roof will gather energy and route it to the generator. This is the greenest ever technology. However, we don’t know if this concept will see a production with 2019 C-max.

2019 Ford C-max interior

2019 Ford C-max redesign

We already said that the 2019 Ford C-max is based on the Focus hatchback. The vehicle is offering an Estate version with an extended tail. The same is happening with the next MPV. It’s a special edition with the longer body will be 2019 Ford Grand C-max. The compact multi-purpose vehicle is going to get power from a 1.0-liter drivetrain that is capable to produce 100 hp. For other markets, Grand C-Max offers a diesel engine. A 1.5-liter unit can produce 120 horses.

2019 Ford C-max future

The 2019 Ford C-max has to make an impact next season if it wants to end stories about its discontinuation. These have strong foundations, though. After the mileage scandal in 2013, the sales of the MPV are declining. And by then, we could see it only raising. The company is giving everything to prolong the end, by giving a new chance to C-Max. We are pretty sure this is the last one. All cards are in the game – petrol, hybrid, PHEV, and all-electric model.

2019 Ford C-max rear view

2019 Ford C-max price

The 2019 Ford C-max will have MSRP of $25,000, while the plug-in variant costs $3,000 more. Titanium trim level adds also $3,000 to both versions. We are still waiting for any official info about the Solar Energi Concept. However, this one will be the most expensive due to its costly development.

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