This is the Ford B-MAX a concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show which reveals the shape and innovativefeatures of a new small people carrier due on sale within 12 months. Replacing the underwhelming Fusion â€“ based on the previous Fiesta â€“ the B-MAX is designed to appeal to buyers who are downsizing by offering sharp styling and a luxuryinterior.Key to this is the 'pillarless' bodyshell, which does away with the conventional B-pillar by integrating it into the front and sliding rear doors. Engineers have achieved this by using ultra-high-strength boron steel in the doors and special safetyinterlocks between those panels and the body structure.The removal of the B-pillar gives an impressively large opening measuring more than 1.5 metres wide. This makes accessing the B-MAX a breeze, while the front and rear doors can still be opened independently. Although no production details have been officially confirmed, this layout will feature on the showroom-ready car.<br><br clear="all">
"Sliding doors give us a unique selling point," vice president of marketing, Ford of Europe, Paul Thomas told AutoExpress. "Customer clinic results told us we had to have them on the B-MAX. They appeal to people with children and older people because of the access to the rear."
The unit was first shown in the Start concept at the Beijing expo in 2010, and features direct injection, intelligent variable valve timing and a single turbocharger.
In the B-MAX it drives the front wheels through Ford's six-speed twin-clutch Powershift gearbox. Stop-start helps keep emissionsbelow 90g/km and ensures fuel economy of around 70mpg.
While the B-MAX is primarily aimed at European markets â€“ and isn't strictly a global car under the One Ford banner â€“ it is expected to be sold in South America and Far Eastern markets. B-Max Forum.
Google Ford Evos Pics, a little more desirable than a Meriva equivalent, I think you'll agree.The thickness of the B-Maxes front doors is quite........ substantial ( I think thats the kindest way of putting it! ) despite using a newer type of metal.