Ford B-Max

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Ford B-Max (B232)
Ford B-Max Titanium – Frontansicht, 22. Februar 2014, Ratingen.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerFord Europe
ProductionJune 2012–September 2017
AssemblyRomania: Craiova (Ford Romania)
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV (M)
Body style5-door estate
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformFord global B-car platform
RelatedFord Fiesta Mk VI
Powertrain
Engine1.0 L I3 EcoBoost (petrol)
1.4 L I4 Duratec (petrol)
1.6 L I4 Duratec (petrol)
1.5 L I4 Duratorq (diesel)
1.6 L I4 Duratorq (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,489 mm (98.0 in)
Length4,077 mm (160.5 in)
Width1,751 mm (68.9 in)
Height1,604 mm (63.1 in)
Chronology
PredecessorFord Fusion

The Ford B-Max (stylized as Ford B-MAX) code name: B232, is a mini MPV (M-segment) manufactured by Ford Europe since 2012. Built on the Ford global B platform, it was initially unveiled as a concept car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show,[1] and was officially launched at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.[2]

Production began in June 2012, and marketing of the first units started during late July,[3] it was launched in the United Kingdom on 1 September 2012.[4] 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.[5]

Overview[edit]

The styling of the B-Max continues the Ford Kinetic Design theme, and has rear sliding doors with no B-pillars.[6]

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.[7] This engine has won the "International Engine of the Year 2012" title;[6] the 1.6 litre Duratec engine can be fitted with the PowerShift six speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.[8]

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.[9] The first B-Max was bought by the President of Romania, Traian Băsescu, on 25 June 2012, directly from the Craiova plant.[10] 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 will be the EcoSport as well as the Fiesta Active, transitions from MPV to SUV design.

Technology[edit]

The B-Max features the "Intelligent Protection" system, it also features Ford's Torque Vectoring Control, which improves handling and agility, and the SYNC and Fold Flat systems.[6] Ford's Emergency Assistance feature alerts local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the region, it is available in more than thirty countries, mostly in Europe.[11]

Safety[edit]

Ford B-Max Titanium
Interior

The Ford B-Max was tested by Euro NCAP in September 2012, receiving a five star safety rating.[12]

Test Score Points
Overall: 5/5 stars N/A
Adult occupant: 92% 33
Child occupant: 84% 41
Pedestrian: 67% 24
Safety assist: 71% 5

Reviews[edit]

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”.[13]

What Car? magazine rated the B-Max with 4 out of 5 (later 3 out of 5)[14] stars, giving the car a positive review.[15]

Engines[edit]

Engine Type Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h Top speed Combined consumption CO
2
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[16]
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[17]
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[edit]

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

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