In 2012 Ford introduced its latest addition to the family: the Ford B-Max. It is the little brother of the C-Max and S-Max. The Ford B-Max is full of new technology and innovative solutions. Especially the Easy Access Door System, which allows entry and exit is made easier still, the B-Max to put on the card.
In 2008, the Ford B-Max was announced. It will be the successor to the Ford Fusion. The Fusion is not the success story has become what one might have expected it. Because the Ford C-Max and S-Max on the other hand are successful, Ford has chosen the C-Max to increase slightly, which one in the segment below it creates space for a small MPV. That is the Ford B-Max!
The Ford B-Max, together with the Ford Fiesta B-segment within the range of Ford. It has been put to Ford two outgoing models on the market, it is not inconceivable that riders of the Fiesta will shift to the B-Max. The Ford B-Max actually provides slightly more space, partly due to the extra 11 inches in length and the high seating. So if you and your family from the Ford Fiesta ??'ve grown ?? it is no shame to look at the Ford B-Max. The B-Max looks namely smooth and elegant. There you can be seen.
A direct competitor is the Opel Meriva. The German carmaker has the Opel Corsa and Opel Meriva a similar offer in the B segment. Where Ford managed to release two models of which the driver of the hatchback may be stimulated by the mini-MPV, looks at Opel less of it. Experts look at the two Opel models also two different audiences and see the riders of a Corsa not fast in a Meriva steps. That's a plus for Ford.
Due to the length of more than 4 meters, high seating, using high-quality materials, efficient use, and flexible design, the Ford B-Max a full car. He is also appealing for riders who want to take a step back from a larger car to a smaller car but do not want to compromise on comfort and solidity. There one aims at Ford a little. The Ford B-Max can also play against the Volkswagen Golf Plus.
Ford has chosen to equip the Ford B-Max with technology and systems that you will not immediately expect in a car in the B segment. This decision is partly based on the reasoning that the B-Max has to be a valuable alternative for drivers who ?? s coming from bigger cars and opt for a smaller, more economical model. That is a trend that you see emerge, partly because of the crises and environmental awareness. They want to be happy or keep the same features. Ford called the B-Max equipped with the advanced interface for voice control, device integration and connectivity with devices that gave the name to Ford SYNC. SYNC connects you via the mobile phone and music players via Bluetooth or the USB port on the integrated audio system. You can operate the phone and radio with your voice. Optionally available is a Sony audio system with eight speakers, the Key Free system, Ford Power Button, a rearview camera, a panoramic roof over the entire lengst of the roof and the Active City Stop system.
Where the Opel Meriva features opposite-opening rear doors, Ford opts for a completely new way of opening the door: Easy Access Door System. It has hinged front doors combined with sliding rear doors. These doors can be opened independently of each other. The B-pillars, which ensure the security and stability of the car, are integrated into the doors. With the doors closed, they offer the same safety as conventional B-pillars. Due to the omission of the fixed B-pillar produced when the doors open an access of 1.5 meters. This offers advantages when getting in and out, or in, for example child seats.
When Ford Easy Access Door System has integrated B-pillar in the door. This is an innovation that improves ease of use, but which raises questions raised in the area of safety. To refute this, Ford has done very much tested to make sure that safety is not at stake with this new system. The system meets the most stringent requirements in terms of safety. It has been tested five years, including three years spent on the rear doors. There are 5000 virtual and real crash tests done 40.
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The Ford B-Max is available with four different gasoline engines. A completely new engine is the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. By combining direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin independent variable camshaft valve timing delivers the 1.0 liter engine the same power as a 1.6 liter engine. This 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine can deliver 100 or 120 hp, and is still very economical in fuel consumption of 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. The engine is equipped with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system for more efficient with the fuel to go. In addition to these two 1.0-liter EcoBoost engines are the 1.4 liter engine and 1.6 liter. And of course there are also two diesel engines: a 1.6 liter or 1.5 liter. The diesel engines are variants of the Ford Duratorq TDCi diesels. Especially the 1.6 diesel engine is very economical and green ?? ?? . Besides manual transmission, there is also an automatic Powershift available.
The Ford B-Max measured lengthwise just over 4 meters. He stands on the same base as the Ford Fiesta but is longer than shorter than the Ford Fiesta and the Ford C-Max. The car is equipped with a flexible system to fold down the seats. This is known from the Ford C-Max. In a trice the back seat and the passenger seat are folded down. So you get a transport cargo space from front to back in the car and you can even things up to a length of 2.35 meters!
The Ford B-MAX is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012 in the Dutch showroom. The indicative pricing for the 100 hp 1.0 EcoBoost Trend model with three cylinder engine is ?? 17 895, -. Thus, the Ford B-Max is slightly more expensive than its predecessor, the Ford Fusion. You then also get more car for.