The Ford B-Max (stylized as Ford B-MAX) code name: B232, is a mini MPV (M-segment) manufactured by Ford Europe from 2012 to 2017. Built on the Ford global B platform, it was initially unveiled as a concept car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show,[2] and was officially launched at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.[3]

Production began in June 2012, and marketing of the first units started during late July.[4] It was launched in the United Kingdom on 1 September 2012.[5] The B-Max is based on the Ford Fiesta, and its main rivals were the Fiat 500L, the Citroën C3 Picasso and the Nissan Note.[6]

Overview

The styling of the B-Max continues the Ford Kinetic Design theme, and has rear sliding doors with no B-pillars.[7] 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.[8]

This engine officially won the title of "International Engine of the Year 2012".[7] The 1.6 litre Duratec engine can be fitted with the PowerShift six speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.[9]

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.[10] The first B-Max was bought by the President of Romania, Traian Băsescu, on 25 June 2012, directly from the Craiova plant.[11] In September 2017, production of B-Max ended, due to dwindling demand for the model, as well as a general decline in sales of mini MPVs.

Unusually for a Ford, this model did not receive a mid cycle facelift in order to boost sales, the closest successors were intended as the EcoSport as well as the Fiesta Active, transitions from MPV to SUV design.

Technology

The B-Max features the "Intelligent Protection" system. It also featured Ford's Torque Vectoring Control, which improves handling and agility, and the SYNC and Fold Flat systems.[7] Ford's Emergency Assistance feature alerts local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the region. It was available in more than thirty countries, mostly in Europe.[12]

Safety

Ford B-Max Titanium
Interior

The Ford B-Max was tested by Euro NCAP in September 2012, receiving a five star safety rating.[13]

Test Score Points
Overall: 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”.[14]

What Car? magazine rated the B-Max with 4 out of 5 (later 3 out of 5)[15] stars, giving the car a positive review.[16]

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 N⋅m (125 lb⋅ft) 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 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 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 N⋅m (94 lb⋅ft) 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 N⋅m (111 lb⋅ft) 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[17]
I4 1,498 cc 75 PS (55 kW) 190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft) at – rpm 16.5 s 158 km/h (98 mph) 4.1 l/100 km (69 mpg‑imp; 57 mpg‑US) 109 g/km
95 PS (70 kW) 215 N⋅m (159 lb⋅ft) at – rpm 13.0 s 174 km/h (108 mph) 4.0 l/100 km (71 mpg‑imp; 59 mpg‑US) 98 g/km
1.6
Duratorq[18]
I4 1,560 cc 97 PS (71 kW) 215 N⋅m (159 lb⋅ft) at – rpm 13.9 s 173 km/h (107 mph) 4.7 l/100 km (60 mpg‑imp; 50 mpg‑US) 104 g/km

References

  1. ^ "Ford B-MAX Concept: design images". Car Body Design. 2011-03-03.
  2. ^ "Nouvelle ford B-MAX" [New Ford B-Max] (in French). The Web Consulting. 2011-03-02. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26.
  3. ^ "Ford B-MAX Debuts at 2012 Mobile World Congress". Autoevolution. 2012-02-28.
  4. ^ "Ford vinde în România noul model B-Max" (in Romanian). Capital. 2012-03-22. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  5. ^ "2012 Ford B-Max". motoring.co.uk. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  6. ^ "2012 Ford B-Max Overview". What Car?. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
  7. ^ a b c "New Ford B-Max Brochure". Ford. 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
  8. ^ "Genève 2011 : Ford B-Max" (in French). Autosblog. 2011-02-28. Archived from the original on 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2011-07-04.
  9. ^ "FORD B-Max (2012 - Present)". Autoevolution.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  10. ^ "Ford B-Max Trim Levels". Ford. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
  11. ^ Ionescu, Cristian (2012-06-25). "Ford a lansat astăzi producția modelului B-Max la uzina din Craiova. Traian Băsescu - primul client" [Today, Ford launches B-Max production at its Craiova plant: first client - Traian Băsescu]. evz.ro (in Romanian). Evenimetul Zilei. Archived from the original on 2013-07-28.
  12. ^ "Ford B-Max va apela automat "112" în caz de accident" [Ford B-Max to automatically dial 112 in case of an accident] (in Romanian). Autobis. 2012-07-23. Archived from the original on 2012-12-25.
  13. ^ "Ford B-MAX". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  14. ^ Andrew English (2012-08-28). "Ford B-Max Review". The Telegraph.
  15. ^ "Ford B Max MPV Review". What Car?. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  16. ^ Tullin, Pete. "Ford B-max Review". What Car?. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  17. ^ http://www.ford.de/cs/BlobServer?blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobcol=urldata&blobheadervalue1=attachment%3Bfilename%3D%22Ford_B-MAX-Broschuere.pdf[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ http://www.ford.ro/cs/BlobServer?blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobcol=urldata&blobheadervalue1=attachment%3Bfilename%3D%22Brosura+B-MAX.pdf[permanent dead link]

Sales

Calendar Year Europe[1]
2012 15,871
2013 68,557
2014 53,889
2015 46,147
2016 40,474
2017 43,339
2018 3,545
2019 3

External links

  1. ^ "Ford B-Max European sales figures". carsalesbase.com. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2021-03-28.