The new Ford B-Max baby MPV will go on sale this September in the UK with a starting price of £12,995. Ford is offering its 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecoboost unit will be offered alongside 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrols, plus 1.5 and 1.6-litre Duratorq diesels. Buyers can choose from three specification levels: Studio, Zetec and Titanium.
All the B-Max’s engine variants mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, except the 1.6-litre petrol car. The 1.6 variant manages the pweor and boosts Ford's six-speed Powershift automatic 'box. Ford claims that with its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, it could reach a fuel economy figure off 55.4mpg (57.7mpg on stop-start-equipped models) and emits just 119g/km and 114g/km CO2 respectively.
The B-Max model is the most environmentally friendly model out there. The B-Max model.is powered by the 1.6 Duratorq TDCi, which has a claimed economy figure of 70.6mpg. it has CO2 emissions of 104g/km CO2. This engine variant is offered only on top-spec Titanium models. The standard Ford B-Max has a fold-flat passenger seat, 'one hand one motion' fold flat rear seats and a DAB.
With a starting price of £15,600, the mid-spec Zetec models are priced from and feature 15-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights, chrome touches to the B-Max’s window and grille surrounds and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob. Meanwhile, the flagship Titanium B-Max cars will have 16-inch alloys, cruise control, rain-sensing lights and windscreen wipers and an uprated stereo with multi-function display.
Sharing underpinnings with the new Ford Fiesta, the B-MAX is the realization of the carmaker’s vision for a premium compact MAV (multi-activity vehicle). Based on global B-car platform, the new B-Max is a stylish B-segment challenger that marries a versatile and roomy interior with a smart stylish exterior.
Compared to its siblings, the new Ford B-MAX – measuring more than 4 meters in length – is around 30 cm shorter than the C-MAX but is around 13 cm longer than the five-door version of the Fiesta. This means that the size of the new Ford B-MAX is good enough to cater to those looking for downsized cars that don’t compromise on interior roominess and passenger comfort.
This was to be expected since the new Ford B-MAX is a new product of an intensive innovation project. In this project, Ford assigned teams to thoroughly observe drivers in their daily routine to truly understand exactly what customers are looking for in a compact car.
One of the main elements of the new Ford B-MAX is its distinct Ford Easy Access Door System, which includes conventional, hinged doors on the front and sliding doors on the rear. To allow this system, Ford integrated the traditional central pillar structure into the front and rear doors. When all of these doors are open, passengers could easily enter the cabin of the B-MAX, thanks to an opening that is over 1.5 meters wide -- around twice the width on rival models with alternative door concepts.
With the Ford Easy Access Door System, occupants could easily enter into or exit from the rear cabin. The rear sliding rear doors likewise allows easy entry/exit in crowded streets or narrow parking areas. Interestingly, opening of the front and rear doors is independent from each other.