All-New Ford Focus C-MAX: Stylish And Spacious With A Dynamic Heart | Part Three

Focus C-MAX is the most aerodynamic car in its segment. With a drag coefficient of only 0.29, it is shaped for optimal fuel economy and reduced wind noise for enhanced refinement inside the cabin. Aerodynamic exterior mirrors and non-protruding wheel arches contribute to its sleek shape.

Its dynamic silhouette is dominated by a character line that divides the side and top surfaces of the car, and gives the roofline and back windows a distinctively sporty and sleek look, without sacrificing spaciousness anywhere in the vehicle. The side-window is recessed into the body side panel to give the vehicle a solid and strong appearance.

Comfort With Agility And Stability

"Our challenge during development was to engineer a taller, mid-sized family vehicle with car-like characteristics and build on the dynamic performance of the Focus. We believe we have accomplished this and more. In fact, the Focus C-MAX is superior in terms of its ride and comfort, whilst delivering the highest levels of stability and agility in its segment."

Stephan Presser, Vehicle Dynamics Supervisor

The new Focus C-MAX does for its segment what the Ford Focus did for the European compact car segment when it was first introduced. It brings a level of driving quality that will change customer expectations of what a car like this can be.

Customers in this segment have come to expect that they must compromise ride, handling and comfort for the spaciousness and flexibility of their vehicles. The Focus C-MAX aims to alter that expectation.

The Focus C-MAX has one of the most rigid body shells in its segment with a 10 per cent improvement for torsional stiffness compared to the class-leading Focus. This forms the foundation for Focus C-MAX’s dynamic attributes and confident road behaviour.

Trademark Focus chassis engineering is the key, including the Control Blade independent rear suspension it pioneered. The Control Blade system, part of a meticulous approach to the engineering of the vehicle chassis, helped to give Focus its high levels of lateral stiffness (for handling precision) and longitudinal compliance (for ride comfort).

The Focus C-MAX is taller, but has a longer wheelbase and wider track than the current Focus, which gives the vehicle a stable foundation and robust road-hugging ability. It also features a unique new front subframe. Mounted via bushings to the extremely stiff body structure, the subframe is the basis for Focus C-MAX’s front suspension and steering systems.

With standard four-wheel disc brakes, the new Focus C-MAX has class-leading deceleration capability. It features large-diameter brake discs to provide robust stopping power and to enhance brake pad service life.

ABS is standard equipment on all models, with mechanical brake assist and optional ESP (standard in Germany), combined with large 15-inch wheels with 195/65 section tyres, or 16-inch wheels with 205/55 section tyres. Optional 17-inch wheels with 205/50 section tyres and 18-inch wheels with 225/40 section tyres are available as well.

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Published : 19/02/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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