Ford reveals B-MAX small MPV study based on the Fiesta

Ford reveals B-MAX small MPV study based on the Fiesta

Ford's brand-new B-Max concept was designed to be a strong rival to the Opel Meriva and as a replacement for the current European Fusion, previewing the firm's upcoming small MPV, with its international debut at this week's Geneva Motor Show. The most striking feature of the almost production-ready minivan is the new door concept, as it integrates no B-pillar and the twin door host a conventional opening system in the front and a sliding system in the back, while the vehicle was mostly inspired from the Fiesta platform. According to Ford's reports, safety was not at all compromised when developing best-in-class access to the cabin, due to the elimination of the traditional B-pillar. Its aperture measures 1.5 metres, as the front and rear doors are open, which represents about twice the width Ford's competitors offer to their customers. Stephen Odell, CEO of Ford Europe officially announced that the dynamic design and door format were making the Ford B-Max send a powerful message to those customers who wanted a stylish, versatile and compact vehicle. The car is also highlighted by the lack of door handles and, thus, the opening system appears to be remote-controlled. The length of the B-Max is 4 metres, which represents an increase by 110mm as compared to the Fiesta five-door hatch and Ford boasts plenty of room for five passengers. When the passenger seat is folded, a flat load floor will be available and it will provide an extension of up to 2.35 meter in length, with the rear seats also folded 60/40. As regarding its powertrain, the new Ford B-MAX will be fitted with an all-new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that incorporates EcoBoost technology and Ford's Auto-Start-Stop system. Significant reductions of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption were achieved by means of twin independent variable, direct fuel injection as well as turbocharging. While this engine undergoes its final development stage, the engineers aim to replace the larger conventional four-cylinder units in the future.
Within the next two years, the launch of a production version of the B-MAX is likely to happen.


Ford reveals B-MAX small MPV study based on the Fiesta image Ford reveals B-MAX small MPV study based on the Fiesta image
Ford reveals B-MAX small MPV study based on the Fiesta image Ford reveals B-MAX small MPV study based on the Fiesta image
Ford reveals B-MAX small MPV study based on the Fiesta image Ford reveals B-MAX small MPV study based on the Fiesta image