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That is why Energi is a much more practical vehicle compared to Volt. But, the actual utility depends on the interior dimensions of Energi, which have not been disclosed. In my earlier blog I compared the external dimensions to other vehicles. Let us take a look at the likely internal dimensions in this post.
First thing to look at is the C-Max family. Until the B piller (i.e. the one between the rear seat row and the cargo compartment) Energi/Hybrid will be essentially same as the larger C-Max ICE car. We could also compare to Focus, which is based on the same C platform and Escape Hybrid which has similar dimensions.
In light of these, I expect the front seat dimensions to be very close to the C-Max dimensions of 40.8, 42.6, 55.9 and 54.7 for head, leg, shoulder & hip.
Rear dimensions may be slightly different because of the way C-Max is arranged. Also, C-Max is taller giving a very good rear headroom. I expect Energi to match Focus, though, except possibly for the headroom. That gives us 40, 42, 56 and 54 for head, leg, shoulder & hip. But, rear headroom does depend on where the batteries are - if like Nissan Leaf. some of the cells are under the rear seats, the headroom will be less.
Cargo room is far more difficult to figure out, because that is where the battery is likely to go (see Where Is Energi's Battery ? ). The best arrangement might be to put the battery flat under the cargo floor (and do away with the spare tire). This would raise the cargo floor a bit - and the rear seats would raise too - so that when folded they would be flat with the cargo floor. I hope Ford doesn't go with the option of a large vertically placed battery like the Focus, which eats into cargo space and also makes the floor not flat when the rear seats are folded. My expectation is that Energi will not suffer this fate - esp. because it will have a much smaller battery compared to Focus EV. Energi will probably have cargo space similar to the Escape hybrid and Focus ICE, between 24 and 30 sq ft.
|Energi Internal Dimension Estimates|