Ford’s all-new B-Max will arrive in Europe in the first quarter of 2012. Ford is hoping that this model will enable the company to dominate in the sub-compact MPV segment. It said that its rivals have gotten ahead due to the age of the Euro Fusion. The Ford B-Max would be the second vehicle that Ford Romania will build in its new plant in Craiova.
The first vehicle that it started building is the Transit Connect. The B-Max is the first vehicle to be fitted with the new “Fox” inline-3 EcoBoost engine, which will be produced in the same plant. Ford has already confirmed that this engine will be available in North America.
But what’s on the minds of fans now is if the B-Max will be offered only in Europe. Fans have reason to worry since there have been several developments that hint at this. Months ago, the B-Max name was trademarked with the US Patent Office.
But last week, Ford has trademarked a new mark. According to the patent office, Ford trademarked the “Easy Access Door System,” an integrated sliding door that was first seen on the B-Max Concept at the Geneva auto show.
There are two options for this vehicle. It could be imported from Romania or it could be produced in Mexico together with the Fiesta, which is built on the same platform. According to rumors from South America, Ford may be offering a sub-compact MPV that would go up against the VW Suran and Chevy Meriva by the year 2014.
Currently, the Mexican-built Fiesta is being imported in these countries too. It’s expected that Ford’s Cuantitlan plant will lose this exporting volume as Ford is set to replace the existing Brazilian-made Fiesta with the new one.
It will mean that there’s volume at the plant that may be used for another model. Ford had made sure that the plant in Mexico would be able to build as many as six models simultaneously. Only time will tell if Ford will offer the little B-Max in North America. Recently, Ford canceled the 7-seat C-Max for North America so at this point, anything could happen.