The new 2013 Ford B-Max which revealed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, offers a combination of unique design, fuel economy and among the advanced small car technology in Europe. The new car also features hinged front and sliding rear doors integrating the central body pillars, Ford Easy Access Door System, provides unobstructed entry and exit.
The new Ford B-Max achieves fuel economy and the lowest CO2 emissions for both petrol and diesel engines. The new B-Max model will be the first European car offering SYNC, Ford’s voice activated, in-car connectivity system featuring Emergency Assistance. And also the first car in the segment to provide the added reassurance of the Active City Stop system to help drivers avoid low speed collisions with stationary or slower moving traffic in front.
In the terms of dimensions, the new Ford B-Max is just over 4 meters in length, about 11 cm longer than the Fiesta 5-door and 32 cm shorter than the new Ford C-Max.
The Ford B-MAX combines the Ford Easy Access Door System with a flexible and easy-to-use seating system. The 60/40 split rear seats can be folded flat with a simple ‘one-hand, one-motion’ mechanism. The front passenger seat can also be folded, creating an extensive flat load floor from front to rear, capable of swallowing exceptionally long loads measuring up to 2.35 metres in length.
The generous access makes it particularly convenient to load bulky items through the side doors, such as flat-pack furniture or even a bicycle. An adjustable load floor in the boot creates a flat load space when the rear seats are lowered, with extra room underneath for valuable items to be hidden from view.
Drivers benefit from a higher ‘command’ seating position in the Ford B-MAX, whose overall vehicle height is 12cm taller than the Fiesta. This also significantly improves rear seat legroom and headroom.
The interior style of the new Ford B-Max features the slim, wing-like section of the upper instrument panel which reaches out to the door panels, and the prominent centre console, which flows down between the front seats.
High quality, contemporary materials emphasize craftsmanship and detailing, highlighting that small, practical cars can also be comfortable and well-equipped. An optional full-size panoramic glass roof enhances the sensation of space.
The new Ford B-MAX offers fuel efficiency to the compact MAV class with Ford’s latest petrol and diesel powertrains equipped with low-CO2 ECOnetic Technologies.
The petrol engine line-up is led by the three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine, available in 100PS and 120PS versions. Equipped with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system as standard, the 120PS EcoBoost engine achieves CO2 emissions of 114g/km and fuel consumption of 4.9l/100km (57.6mpg). Other petrol engine options include the 90PS 1.4-litre Duratec unit, or the 105PS 1.6-litre Duratec engine which is paired with Ford’s high-efficiency PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission with advanced dual clutch technology.
The Ford B-MAX is available with a choice of two Duratorq TDCi diesel engines. The 95PS 1.6-litre engine delivers CO2 emissions of 104g/km and fuel consumption of 4.0l/100km (70.6mpg). The 75PS 1.5-litre diesel, closely derived from the 1.6-litre engine, appears for the first time in Ford’s European product range. It achieves CO2 emissions of 109g/km and fuel consumption of 4.1l/100km (68.9mpg).
ECOnetic Technologies fitted as standard to all Ford B-MAX vehicles include Electric Power Assisted Steering, which requires less energy than hydraulic power assisted steering systems, Gear Shift Indicator to highlight the most efficient gear changing points, and the Ford Eco Mode driver information system which helps drivers adopt a more economical driving style. Smart Regenerative Charging, which charges the battery at the most economical point in a journey, is also featured on the 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5/1.6-litre Duratorq engines.