This is the new Ford B-MAX, which will replace the Ford Fusion MPV in the European Ford line-up. It’s a B-segment MPV based on the same Ford global B-car platform as the Ford Fiesta, and it’s similar in size too, just 110mm longer than the 5-door Fiesta and a full 320mm shorter than the larger Focus-based C-MAX MPV. It sits 110mm taller than a Fiesta.
The B-MAX doesn’t have a traditional B pillar, and it also features twin rear sliding doors. So when the front doors swing open and the rear doors slide rearward, you get a single large opening into the interior where you can either get into the front passenger chair or the rear passenger bench. The opening measures over 1.5 meters wide. When closed, the door frames interlock and act together to protect the occupants by absorbing energy together like a “virtual B pillar”.
“With its highly popular S-MAX and Galaxy, and more recently the all-new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, Ford has a proven history of bringing innovation and style to the multi-activity vehicle market. The new B-MAX signals that Ford is ready to bring the same bold thinking to the small car market. With its unique door format and dynamic design, the B-MAX sends a strong message that customers looking for a compact, stylish and versatile vehicle will soon have an exciting new choice,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe.
Propulsion is via a new inline 3 cylinder 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine, which is the latest in the range of Ford EcoBoost engines which currently consist of inline-4 and V6 engines. The 1.0 litre unit has direct injection, turbocharging and Ti-VCT variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust. It has auto start-stop as well, but curiously the very basic specs as in horsepower and torque have not been revealed for now. It should be similar to a normally aspirated 1.6 litre though.