Ford B-Max

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Ford B-Max
Ford B-MAX Concept (front quarter).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Production 2012–present
Assembly Craiova, Romania (Ford Romania)
Body and chassis
Class Mini MPV
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Ford B3 platform
Related Ford Fiesta
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L I3 EcoBoost (petrol)
1.4 L I4 Duratec (petrol)
1.6 L I4 Duratec (petrol)
1.5 L I4 Duratorq (diesel)
1.6 L I4 Duratorq (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,489 mm (98.0 in)
Length 4,077 mm (160.5 in)
Width 1,751 mm (68.9 in)
Height 1,604 mm (63.1 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Fusion
Ford B-Max in profile

The Ford B-Max (stylized as Ford B-MAX) is a mini multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) manufactured by the Ford Motor Company since 2012. Built on the Ford B3 platform, it was initially unveiled as a concept-car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show,[1] and was officially launched at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.[2] Production began in June 2012, and marketing of the first units started during late July.[3] It was launched in the UK on 1 September 2012.[4]

The B-Max is based on the Ford Fiesta, and its main rivals are the Citroën C3 Picasso and the Nissan Note.[5]

It is yet still unknown if the B-MAX will be sold outside Europe (possibly in countries which are less sensitive to import taxes such as New Zealand).

Overview[edit]

The styling of the B-Max continues the Ford Kinetic Design theme, and has rear sliding doors with no B-pillars.[6]

The B-Max is available with the new 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine of the Ford EcoBoost family, that features turbocharged direct injection and start & stop system.[7] This engine has won the "International Engine of the Year 2012" title.[6] The 1.6 litre Duratec engine can be fitted with the PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.[8]

It has three different trim levels: Studio, Zetec and Titanium. The Studio is the basic model and it is available only with the 1.4 litre engine.[9]

The first B-Max was bought by the President of Romania, Traian Băsescu, on 25 June 2012, directly from the Craiova plant.[10]

Technology[edit]

The B-Max features the Intelligent Protection system, which is designed to keep the occupants protected. It also features Ford's Torque Vectoring Control, which improves handling and agility, and the SYNC and Fold Flat systems.[6]

Ford's Emergency Assistance feature alerts local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the region. It will be available in more than 30 countries across Europe and beyond.[11]

Safety[edit]

The Ford B-max was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012, receiving a five-star safety rating.[12]

Test Score Points
Overall: 5/5 stars N/A
Adult occupant: 92% 33
Child occupant: 84% 41
Pedestrian: 67% 24
Safety assist: 71% 5

Reviews[edit]

The Telegraph reviewed the B-Max on 28 August 2012. The reviewer Andrew English gave the car a 4 out of 5 stars, and his verdict was that it "brings something new and useful to the market".[13]

What Car? magazine rated the B-Max with 4 out of 5 (later 3 out of 5)[14] stars, giving the car a positive review.[15]

Engines[edit]

Engine Type Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h Top speed Combined consumption CO2 emissions
Petrol engines
1.0 Ecoboost I3 999 cc 101 PS (74 kW) 169 N·m (125 lb·ft) at 1,400–4000 rpm 13.2 s 175 km/h (109 mph) 4.9 l/100 km (58 mpg-imp; 48 mpg-US) 112 g/km
1.0 Ecoboost I3 999 cc 120 PS (88 kW) 201 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 1,400–4500 rpm 11.2 s 188 km/h (117 mph) 4.9 l/100 km (58 mpg-imp; 48 mpg-US) 112 g/km
1.4 Duratec I4 1,388 cc 90 PS (66 kW) 127 N·m (94 lb·ft) at – rpm 13.8 s 171 km/h (106 mph) 6.0 l/100 km (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US) 139 g/km
1.6 Duratec I4 1,596 cc 105 PS (77 kW) 150 N·m (111 lb·ft) at – rpm 12.1 s 180 km/h (112 mph) 6.4 l/100 km (44 mpg-imp; 37 mpg-US) 149 g/km
Diesel engines
1.5 Duratorq I4 1,498 cc 75 PS (55 kW) 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) at – rpm 16.5 s 158 km/h (98 mph) 4.1 l/100 km (69 mpg-imp; 57 mpg-US) 109 g/km
1.6 Duratorq I4 1,560 cc 97 PS (71 kW) 216 N·m (159 lb·ft) at – rpm 13.9 s 172 km/h (107 mph) 4.0 l/100 km (71 mpg-imp; 59 mpg-US) 104 g/km

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nouvelle ford B-MAX" (in French). The Web Consulting. 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Ford B-MAX Debuts at 2012 Mobile World Congress". Autoevolution. 2012-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Ford vinde în România noul model B-Max" (in Romanian). Capital. 2012-03-22. 
  4. ^ "2012 Ford B-Max". motoring.co.uk. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "2012 Ford B-Max Overview". What Car?. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  6. ^ a b c "New Ford B-Max Brochure". Ford. 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Genève 2011 : Ford B-Max" (in French). Autosblog. 2011-02-28. 
  8. ^ "FORD B-Max (2012 - Present)". Autoevolution.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  9. ^ "Ford B-Max Trim Levels". Ford. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  10. ^ "Ford a lansat astăzi producția modelului B-Max la uzina din Craiova. Traian Băsescu - primul client" (in Romanian). Evenimetul Zilei. 2012-06-25. 
  11. ^ "Ford B-Max va apela automat "112" în caz de accident" (in Romanian). Autobis. 2012-07-23. 
  12. ^ "Ford B-MAX". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  13. ^ Andrew English (2012-08-28). "Ford B-Max Review". The Telegraph. 
  14. ^ "Ford B Max MPV Review". What Car?. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  15. ^ Tullin, Pete. "Ford B-max Review". What Car?. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 

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