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2015 Ford C-MAX: Paris Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2014

What Is It?

The 2015 Ford C-MAX is an updated version of the automaker's current C-MAX hatchback, which has been sold in the United States in hybrid or plug-in-hybrid guise since the 2013 model year.

Although Ford hasn't announced many details about the upcoming U.S. C-MAX model, the hatchback's Paris Auto Show debut confirms that the car will offer major stylistic revisions compared to today's model. There are new headlights, for instance, along with new taillights and an updated rear hatch. The car also gets a larger version of Ford's new grille.

Inside, the C-MAX also boasts a few changes, receiving roughly the same interior makeover that Ford gave its Focus compact car for the 2014 model year. That means a simpler control layout, modernized styling, and -- just in the C-MAX -- a larger center console with more storage room. European C-MAX models will also offer a new, larger touchscreen and improved voice controls to make it easier for drivers to use the automaker's SYNC communications system.

As for powertrains, the European C-MAX offers a few options -- including a new 1.5-liter turbodiesel and a 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine, along with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder from the brand's subcompact Fiesta. We don't expect to see those engines in the States; Ford will likely keep the C-MAX's hybrid-only powertrains after its facelift.

How Much?

Although pricing hasn't been confirmed, we don't expect a huge boost over today's base price of around $25,000 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Although Ford hasn't yet announced when the updated C-MAX will go on sale in the U.S., we expect it to reach our shores sometime next year.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

We've always had a soft spot for the C-MAX because of its excellent interior room, reasonable pricing, long list of equipment and exceptional fuel economy numbers. Based on what we've seen, the 2015 Ford C-MAX offers a new and improved take on the hatchback, with more modern interior and exterior styling and a few desirable new features.

Other Cars to Consider

Ford Focus Electric -- Drivers who consider the plug-in version of Ford's C-MAX hatchback should also take a look at the Ford Focus Electric. Capable of traveling around 76 miles on a single charge, the Focus Electric starts at $36,000 before tax incentives and shares many of the C-MAX's features.

Mazda5 -- Although it's not a hybrid, the 6-seater Mazda5 is one of the few U.S.-market vehicles that mimics the C-MAX's uniquely European sizing. Mazda5 pricing is more affordable than the C-MAX's pricing; it starts around $21,000 with shipping. Fuel economy of just 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway pales in comparison to the C-MAX's numbers: 42 mpg city/37 mpg hwy.

Toyota Prius -- The Prius offers better fuel economy than the C-MAX does and similar pricing but lacks the Ford's overall interior room. The Prius' infotainment system also lags behind Ford's increasingly excellent MyFord Touch.

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