Ford Focus C-MAX In Detail | Part Six

Infotainment Systems with Exclusive Sony™ Audio Options

The new Focus C-MAX offers premium Sony™ audio systems to the customer in addition to Ford-branded audio systems. There are two premium Sony™ audio systems available as options, plus state-of-the-art multimedia rear seat entertainment options and two GPS satellite navigation systems.

The Sony™-branded units are new to Ford in 2003 – the move marks the beginning of a new technical partnership between the two global brands.

The Sony™ audio systems offer a front-load CD player with MP3 capability or a front-loading six-disc CD changer. Both feature eight premium speakers – four at the front and four at the rear.

Additionally, Focus C-MAX offers a satellite navigation option, featuring DVD-based route guidance and a large, colour touch screen with high-resolution displays of full mapping information.

Models equipped with this navigation system can be specified with one of two available rear-seat entertainment systems to give passengers in the rear seat access to in-car entertainment.

The high-series Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system allows rear-seat passengers freedom to play DVD-based entertainment and games systems using a screen mounted under the roof of the car.

The lower specification RSE unit – available with the high series navigation system or either Sony™ audio system – supplies audio only. While the front passengers listen to the radio, for example, the rear passengers can independently listen to a CD via headphones simultaneously. The unit features two headphone sockets, independent volume control, radio station selection and CD play controls as well as auxiliary inputs.

Quiet and Comfortable

Providing Focus C-MAX customers with a quiet, comfortable interior environment was top priority for the Ford team. Part of the "maximum comfort" strategy was keeping NVH minimised and giving all Focus C-MAX occupants a calm setting in which to converse or make easy use of in-car entertainment systems.

During development, a dedicated Ford team dealt specifically with NVH "leakage," which can occur where body panels or other components don’t seal adequately or when there are gaps between body parts that allow sound to filter into the passenger compartment.

Like dynamics and safety, NVH optimisation for Focus C-MAX began with making the body structure as stiff as possible to help reduce vibration and noise levels and as a basis for all other NVH fine-tuning. Attention to detail in the design of the chassis and powertrain systems also played a significant role in making Focus C-MAX a quiet and pleasant place to be.

Maximum Comfort – Sleek, Stylish Exterior

Focus C-MAX is taller (1,558 mm) than the other models in the Focus range but more compact than most competitors. It sits poised, aerodynamic and confident, appealing to buyers who want space and flexibility but who don’t want a vehicle that looks or drives like a delivery van.

Focus C-MAX designers refused to compromise on interior space and functionality, and were determined to enhance Focus C-MAX’s class-leading vehicle dynamics and driving quality with the lowest drag coefficient (0.31) in this segment. This approach contributed to the sleek exterior shape and is characterised by a low cowl, sharply angled windshield and a roofline with a distinctive bulging slope, plus a distinctive integrated rear spoiler.

On Focus C-MAX, the bonnet rises quickly from the front bumper assembly to form a relatively short nose, which provides an excellent view of the road for people of nearly all statures.

Its smooth, low profile creates an aerodynamic shape, which reduces wind noise for occupants and accentuates the car’s confident stance.

Focus C-MAX’s exterior represents a more fluid and smooth version of Ford’s New Edge design philosophy that solidly communicates its Focus dynamic lineage while camouflaging its people-carrier roominess within a contemporary and sporty design.

continues... | Part Seven
Published 25 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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