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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]

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
SuccessorFord Ecosport
Ford Fiesta Active
Ford Puma (2019)

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]

OverviewEdit

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 officially won the title of "International Engine of the Year 2012".[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 were intended as the EcoSport as well as the Fiesta Active, transitions from MPV to SUV design.

TechnologyEdit

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.[6] 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.[11]

SafetyEdit

 
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:       N/A
Adult occupant: 92% 33
Child occupant: 84% 41
Pedestrian: 67% 24
Safety assist: 71% 5

ReviewsEdit

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]

EnginesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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