It is that time of year again, when all the information about the upcoming model year of our favorite plug-in vehicles are slowly released (or in our case quite often – leaked) out for all to see.
Last week, we brought you the changes on 2014 Ford Fusion Energi, and despite the extended range plug-in only haven been on sale from April, there actually was a few additions to the brand; some new colors, heated steering wheel, etc.
Considering the Ford C-Max Energi has been on sale even longer, since October of 2012 – almost a full model year, we anticipated at least a few tweaks and upgrades would be planned for 2014.
Nope. Not a one.
That is, unless you get excited about some new order packages/codes. Although it should also be noted that the final order guide has not been put in stone yet, as production start on the 2014 C-Max Energi has not been determined yet
As noted, by one of our valued community members (wave to Alan), there does seem to be an interesting rumor in relation to the regular C-Max hybrid, that may spill over into the plug-in version…namely what seems to be a little slip up in referencing an option’s availability on various models.
“ELECTRICAL SUPPLEMENTAL HEATER (EXCEPT S SERIES)”
The “S series” is reserved at Ford for the lower costing trim level in a group, of which there is none on the C-Max Hybrid or Energi, only the SE, and higher end SEL. This could foreshadow a more inexpensive C-Max being made available next year.Regardless of a chance at a price break in 2014, that is going to be it for the C-Max Energi.
For model year 2015, bigger changes are thought to be in store for the ENERGI, as the platform has been around since 2011 and is due for a refresh…which is most likely the culprit behind the model’s feature freeze for 2014. (For 2015, think integrating the vehicles lithium battery that now resides in the trunk elsewhere in the car)
Some stats on the current (and likely 2014) model year of the Ford C-Max Energi:
- starts at $33,745
- qualified for $3,750 of the $7,500 max federal credit
- electric only range: 21 miles
- EPA rated efficiency of 100 MPGe (108 MPGe city/92 MPGe highway)
- gas-only mode: 43 MPG
- 188 hp (140 kW)
- 7.6 kWh lithium battery
- top speed: 102 mph
- top speed on just electricity: 82 mph
- charging time: 2.5 hours (240V), 7 hours (120V)
Big hat tip to our “Ford Guy” Alan