Ford has applied kinetic design language to create a compact, sporty and stylish car, the Ford B-Max, which adds its own distinctive character to Ford’s MAV line-up. Much before the new Ford B-Max was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the MAX concept had become the talk-of-the town for its innovative technology. Like a mirror held up to Europe’s economic and political woes, the Ford B-Max is a fine example of the cars automakers have planned for the continent.
Look beyond the wishful thinking about electric cars, the lust-inducing craziness of supercars and the stupendously outrageous SUVs headed for China and you see cars like the Ford B-Max are Europe’s reality in 2012. The realities of Europe are further illustrated by the fact that the Ford B-Max manufacturing will be handled by Automobile Craiova, which became Ford’s Eastern European subsidiary in 2008 after three turbulent decades under Ford of Romanian, French and Korean ownership.
Speaking of the exteriors, the Ford B-Max striking front-end signifies a bold new interpretation of Ford’s signature trapezoidal grille. Other distinctive kinetic design elements in the Ford B-Max specs include strong headlamp graphics, muscular shoulder line with its powerful undercut, a characteristic window line with its kick-up behind the rear doors, and prominent wheel lips. Inside the Ford B-Max, bold graphics and sculptured surfaces develop the themes found in Ford’s latest small and medium cars.
Distinctive features in the Ford B-Max include 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. Ford B-Max MPV is a surprisingly practical Ford microvan based on the subcompact Ford Fiesta, with a pair of sliding doors like an urban version of the late, great Subaru Sumo. But because the Ford B-Max is a car you’ll actually be able to buy this year, it has a turbocharged engine as opposed to batteries, fuel cells and fairy dust.
Under the Ford B-Max hood, Ford will place a 1.0 liter three cylinder EcoBoost engine with both direct injection and turbo; next to this; however, Ford will be offering more conventional petrol and diesel engines from the Fiesta range. While the Ford B-Max 1.0-liter new 3 cylinder cars turbo EcoBoost is a compact, clever unit not unlike what we saw in the Sumo.
Ford B-MAX Preview
Competitors Ford B-Max
Weird as it may sound, the Ford B-Max is rather like the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ: A 1980s idea that has been refined, improved and built more cheaply and efficiently. In that regard, it’s a reality check for the industry: We can dream of hydrogen-powered, hyper-connected glass bubbles whisking us to a cleaner, greener future, but cars like the Ford B-Max are what we’ll actually see on the road.
Ford predicted that the biggest market for minivans and Class B models are France and Italy, therefore, they will be the main market for the Ford B-Max. But Ford also expect to sell well the Ford B-Max in Germany and Britain. New Ford B-Max will have as its main competitors Opel Meriva, Honda Jazz, Citroen C3 Picasso, Veng KIA, Nissan Note, Hyundai ix20. Meanwhile, the Ford B-Max production in Ford of Romanian will depend on the market.
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