Unlike its competing models, such as the Nissan Note and Citroen C3 Picasso, the B-Max manages to pull off a unique hybrid design, fusing everything that’s useful about a city car and a people carrier. Here’s everything you need to know about the revolutionary Ford B-Max.
The Ford B-Max is a slightly lengthened adaptation of the brand’s popular city car, the Fiesta. In fact, one could be forgiven for getting the two confused, so unnoticeable is the variation in shape, size and design.
However, the latest Ford addition to the small people carrier market has been celebrated as an innovative contribution, in the sense that it goes further than simply lengthening a Fiesta.
Reviewing the 2012 release, new and used car dealer [url=”http://www.motorparks.co.uk/”]Motorparks[/url] said of the B-Max: “Its unique design and unrivalled versatility [offer] more ways to use a car just four metres in length […] the smaller sort of people carrier is definitely evolving.”
The useful 30-minute video, which can you watch online [url=”http://www.motorparks.co.uk/technical-data/ford-b-max-10-ecoboost-120-titanium-5dr-hatchback”]here[/url], also identifies the ingenuity of the car’s design, as a perfect fusion between large people carriers and compact city cars: “Imagine the effect of shrinking Ford’s large S-Max people carrier in a hot wash and […] you’ll get a pretty much good idea of what we have here.”
Production of the Ford B-Max is located at Ford Romania, at a site previously owned by Daewoo and purchased by the American manufacturer in 2006. In addition to the B-Max, Ford also produced the Transit Connect range at this site, until the line was moved elsewhere in 2012.
The first B-Max to roll off the production line was purchased by Traian BÄƒsescu, President of Romania. Read more about the production of the model online at [url=”http://www.romania-insider.com/romanian-president-traian-basescu-buys-first-ford-b-max-produced-in-romania/59452/”]The Romania Insider[/url].
Ford’s B-Max is available with a unique 1.0 litre, three-cylinder engine, which was named the [url=”http://www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear/index.php”]International Engine of the Year[/url] in 2012; the engine went on to receive the award in 2013, a first for the competition.
Although this 999cc engine is not currently available in North America, other engines are options, all of which emit less than 149g of CO2 per km. These include:[list]
[*]1.4- and 1.6-litre Duratech petrol engines
[*]1.5- and 1.6-litre Duratorq diesel engines
Features such as the rear sliding doors and automatic braking technology make this a popular car for urban families, reluctant to tackle the bulk and imposing size of a traditional people carrier. Easier to park, more fuel efficient and boasting innovative safety features, the B-Max has been well received by critics and is respected as a strong competitor in its target market.
Technical Spec (taken from the B-Max 1.6 Zetec 5 Door Powershift Hatchback model)
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)
Engine Power – BHP
Engine Power – KW
Engine Power – PS
EC Combined (mpg)
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
EC Urban (mpg)
Standard Euro Emissions
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height (including roof rails)
Width (including mirrors)
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
Gross Vehicle Weight
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
Max. Loading Weight
Max. Towing Weight – Braked
No. of Seats
Turning Circle – Kerb to Kerb
Badge Engine CC
Based On ID
Insurance Group 1 – 50 Effective January 07
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
NCAP Overall Rating – Effective February 09
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
NCAP Safety Assist %
Service Interval Frequency – Months
Service Interval Mileage
Timing Belt Interval Frequency – Months
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
Vehicle Homologation Class