Ford hoping to maximise space with new B-Max
Announced as surprise entrant to the compact MPV segment in April this year, Ford has revealed final spec and price details of its new B-Max.
Available in Europe since 2012, the B-Max rides on the same platform as the Fiesta, and slots in below the recently launched Transit Connect as the Blue Oval’s smallest people carrier offering.
Measuring 2 489 mm with a length of 4 077 mm and height of 1 604 mm, the Romanian built B-Max is said to offer new levels of convenience, flexibility and access with a unique rear door setup.
Dubbed Easy Access Door System, the B-Max does away with the traditional B-pillar in place of having the doors integrated into central body pillar and not merely hanging from the bodyshell as a conventional MPV. Strictly a five seater, the layout also features a 60/40 rear split as well as underfloor rear storage area.
Locally, the B-Max will initially only be available with Ford’s multi-award winning 1.0 EcoBoost three cylinder engine in two states of tune, and in three spec levels. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard fare on all models.
Serving as the base model, the Ambiente produces 74 kW and 170 N.m of torque with 0-100 km/h taking 13.2 secs and top speed coming in at 175 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.1 L/100 km and emissions just below the tax threshold at 119 g/km.
Completing the range, the mid-spec Trend and range topping Titanium features the same amount of torque as the Ambiente, but with power now being rated at 92 kW.
Performance figures suggest both will reach 100 km/h in 11.2 secs before topping out at 189 km/h. Fitted as standard with start/stop, combined fuel consumption drops to 4.9 L/100 km and emissions to 114 g/km.
Standard spec on all models includes seven airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, Hill Start Assist, auto lock/unlock doors, body coloured bumpers, tailgate handle and grille, electric windows with one touch up/down function all around, manually adjustable driver’s seat, steering wheel audio controls and daytime running lights.
Adding to the list, the Trend foregoes the Ambiente’s six-speaker sound system with SYNC Voice Control and Bluetooth, for a 4.2-inch TFT display with two extra speakers, leather covered steering wheel and handbrake lever, full trip computer, 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, body coloured doors handles, front foglights and rear parking sensors with reverse camera.
Sitting at the top of the range, the Titanium further adds keyless entry/go, heated leather front seats, LED ambient lighting, auto-dim rear view mirror, heated and folding mirrors as well as LED daytime running lights and front parking sensors.
A four year / 120 000 km warranty and 60 000 km service plan over a similar distance is standard on all three models.
|1.0 EcoBoost Ambiente||74 kW / 170 N.m||R221 900|
|1.0 EcoBoost Trend||92 kW / 170 N.m||R246 900|
|1.0 EcoBoost Titanium||92 kW / 170 N.m||R271 900|
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