Geneva 2012: Ford B-Max

Tuesday, 6 March 2012 3:24 PM

Ford B-Max

The new Ford B-Max brings some fresh ideas to the family table

After plenty of pre-production teasing the wraps are finally and fully off the new Ford B-Max family motor, here at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. And here it is with Ford’s latest front-end design style and lavished in a very pleasant bronzy-gold paintjob.

So this is the family-friendly, taller small car that’s aimed directly at UK market competitors the Vauxhall Meriva and the Citroen C3 Picasso. The Ford B-Max is based on the popular Fiesta so it has the basis for a good drive, but as we can it’s a taller and more spacious affair with families and kit in mind.

The most obvious and freshest unique selling point for the new Ford B-Max is what Ford are calling the “Easy Access Door System” which, as the name suggests, is a new, wider and more convenient access system, or sliding door.

The new side door system opens wide on both sides of the B-Max making loading loads or baby seats into the cargo space or rear seats a less back-breaking task. Basically, the central body pillars – or B-pillars – are built into the sliding doors and as such “disappear” as the door slides away, creating a 1.5-metre wide unobstructed opening on either side of the car, and that’s more than twice as wide as Vauxhall Meriva's rear-hinged rear door. The seats throughout the cabin also fold and move with cunning space-saving in mind.

New B-Max sales start towards the end of the year and with frugal new engines under the hood.

By Daniel Anslow

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