The independent Euro NCAP has awarded Ford’s all-new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models its maximum 5 star safety ratings. They are the first Ford passenger cars to have undergone Euro NCAP’s new crash tests.
The two multi-activity vehicles went on UK sale this month. Now, they can boast the highest ever score for their whiplash protection; they also gained outstanding scores in the adult and child safety categories.
Both new models have Ford’s Intelligent Protection System (IPS), which marries a high-strength body structure to state-of-the-art restraint systems. In total, 53 per cent of each vehicle’s bodyshell is constructed from high-strength steels, compared to 45 per cent in the previous generation vehicle. The A-pillars, B-pillars, sills and door beams are made of ultra-tough Boron steel, creating a passenger cell that manages deformation in frontal impacts, side impacts and side pole impacts.
Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s global medium car vehicle line director, says, “Crash test ratings are an important factor when designing and engineering our vehicles and we’re delighted that Euro NCAP has recognised that both the new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models offer excellent protection in the event of a collision. These are the first vehicles to be built on our new global C-car platform and for them to score so highly bodes well for future products including the all-new Focus which goes on sale next year.”
Individual single stage front airbags and 3D side thorax airbags for the driver and front passenger, plus standard side curtain airbags for the first and second row seats, are key features of the two C-MAX cars. And Ford’s horizontal stroking steering column reduces loads on the occupant’s head and chest by sliding away from the driver in high-speed frontal impacts. More effective retractor pretensioners, along with belt load limiters for the front seats, provide increased retraction travel.
In addition, the vehicles’ front ends give increased pedestrian protection, by courtesy of a collapsible wiper system and ‘soft’ cowl design, which reduces the effect of impacts at the base of the windscreen.
All rear seats in the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX have three-point safety belts, while the outer pair of second row seats has provision for ISOFIX in both models.