2015 Ford C-Max ST Rendered: Makes Sense as a Performance Diesel

2015 Ford C-Max ST Rendering 4 photos
Photo: X-Tomi Design
Ford C-Max ST Rendering
As a glance, an ST version of the 2015 Ford Focus C-Max makes as much sense as putting lipstick on a pig and calling it a sexy woman. But suspend your disbelief and sarcasm for a moment while looking at the following renderings and you might see the logic of such a car.
Diesel-powered sports compacts are now more popular than ever: Golf GTD, biturbo 2.0 engines in all Opel Astras and the recently launched Peugeot 308 GT, which is also available as an estate. Ford has just revealed that it will have its own 2-liter diesel powerhouse for use in the slightly updated Focus ST and this would be perfect for the C-Max ST.

Because of platform commonalities, it's now easier than ever for automakers to share engines between models. Just take the new Ford Focus, which comes with 1.5, 1.6 and 2-liter diesel engines, two types of 1-liter EcoBoost petrols and a whole bunch of other mills we won't pretend to know by heart. Since the C-Max and Focus are closely related, why not give the MPV some go-fast tech.

Before we take this any further, we need to ask ourselves what such a car would be like, a hot hatch with a van body on top, that is. A similar model has existed in the past, coming in the form of Opel's Mariva OPC, powered by the Astra turbo'd 2-liter until it was discontinued in 2010.

But if you really think about it, two German companies sell the same sorts of car, calling them "Sports Tourers". That's right, we're talking about the B-Class and the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. The B 220 CDI, for instance, packs a 177 hp 2.1-liter engine and is even available with all-wheel drive, while the 220d from Bavaria is powered by a 190 hp 2-liter mill.

If diesel isn't your thing, maybe you can ask Ford to slap the 250 hp 2-liter EcoBoost onto the C-Max's engine mounts. That will get you places in a hurry.

Renderings by X-Tomi Design
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