There’s a new trend now in the automotive industry, where automakers like to create compact-sized 7 seaters MPV from a hatchback platform like Perodua Alza (from Perodua Myvi) and Honda Freed (from Honda Jazz). Ford is also not far behind with the launch of their new compact MPV, the Grand C-Max. It is based on its ‘younger brother’ Ford C-Max, where the Ford Grand C-MAX has a 140mm longer wheelbase and an increase of 58mm in height compared to the C-MAX. Within its 4.52m overall length, Ford promised plenty of room for seven passengers, or for five occupants with a generous amount of luggage.
One of the highlight of the Grand C-Max is the twin sliding rear side doors which are a boon for children usage, but it kind of spoiled the elegant looking side profile. The side railings are not hidden as well as Honda Freed. The kick-up rear quarter window also does not help to give the car to have a sporty feel. While the taillight and rear glass gives the car a family resemblance to the Ford Galaxy, Ford largest MPV, the overall design of the rear looks busy and the large taillights looks out of proportion.
However, Ford had done it right with the interior of the Grand C-Max. Nicely designed instrument panels and padded dashboard gives the car a premium feel. Another highlight is the second-row middle seat which can be folded out of sight under the seat cushion next to it. Doing so opens up a clear passageway to the third row seating. Therefore, this feature offers users to have either 2+2+2 or 2+3+2 seating arrangement depending on needs. Both rear seating rows also can be folded flat to accommodate varies of cargo.
Check out this video on its magic middle seat!
The feeling of space and comfort in the Ford Grand C-Max cabins can be further enhanced with a panoramic glass roof. The dark tinted panoramic roof has a standard ‘Solar Reflect’ coating to minimize heat intrusion, and an electrically-operated internal blind to provide shade and privacy when required.
The optimised body structure of the Ford Grand C-Max range is significantly stiffer than the outgoing model. Special attention was given to increasing the stiffness in the areas of main importance for vehicle dynamics and NVH, that’s why Ford is one of the best automakers around that can create cars which are nice to drive without sacrificing comfort and refinement at the same time.
All in all, the Grand C-Max has good value for money. Safety, practicality, handling, you name it. If the price is set right, it will be a strong contender if it is brought into Malaysia’s market. Watch out Freed, you have company!
Article by Simon Har