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Ford B-Max

Not to be confused with Ford C-Max or Ford S-Max.
Ford B-Max
Overview
Manufacturer
Ford Europe
Production
June 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)
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)
The Ford B-Max (stylized as Ford B-MAX) is a mini multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) manufactured by Ford Europe since 2012. Built on the Ford B3 platform, it was initially unveiled as a concept-car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and was officially launched at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Production began in June 2012, and marketing of the first units started during late July. It was launched in the UK on 1 September 2012.
Ford B-Max in profile
The B-Max is based on the Ford Fiesta, and its main rivals are the Citroën C3 Picasso and the Nissan Note.

Overview

The styling of the B-Max continues the Ford Kinetic Design theme, and has rear sliding doors with no B-pillars.
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. This engine has won the "International Engine of the Year 2012" title. The 1.6 litre Duratec engine can be fitted with the PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
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.
The first B-Max was bought by the President of Romania, Traian Băsescu, on 25 June 2012, directly from the Craiova plant.

Technology

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.
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.

Safety

The Ford B-max was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012, receiving a five-star safety rating.
Test
Score
Points
Overall:
5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars
N/A
Adult occupant:
92%
33
Child occupant:
84%
41
Pedestrian:
67%
24
Safety assist:
71%
5

Reviews

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

Engines

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 Nm (125 lbft) 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 Nm (148 lbft) 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 Nm (94 lbft) 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 Nm (111 lbft) 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 Nm (140 lbft) at – rpm
16.5 s
158 km/h (98 mph)
4.1 l/100 km (69 mpg-imp; 57 mpg-US)
109 g/km


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Last updated on 28 August 2015 at 10:10.


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