21st-Feb-2012: Ford B Max, the new B platform MPV from Ford’s stable, is going to sizzle in the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. This Multi Purpose Vehicle can be interesting to Indian market also as nearly every car maker is at its heels to roll out a MPV. Ford B-Max mini MPV is a five seater which sports sliding doors and folding seats. Under the hood, Ford B-Max has the strappy 1 litre Ecoboost engine that will house Ecosport compact SUV also. The MPV will surely perform well and will have a host of safety features. Ford B-Max will be rolled out in the European market from the month of September this year followed by the other car markets across the globe, which also includes India. Once it arrives in India, it will be pitched against the Mahindra Mini Xylo and the length of B-Max could be brought under 4 meters.
Ford B-Max is a 5 seater Multi Purpose vehicle that is readying to shed its glory in the Geneva Motors Show. This particular five door MPV is touted to be one of the candidates that might sail to Indian shores in future. Presently, the MPV is notch longer than 4 mts (4.04 m). However, if it makes to Indian market, Ford will definitely consider shortening it so as to save tax on long cars in India. The styling of the B-Max comes from Ford's kinetic design theme and the B-pillars are missing between the doors are the major attraction of the MPV, giving a panoramic view from inside the car.
Ford B-Max will be Ford's fresh subcompact mini MPV, built on the Ford B3 platform. It was first unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show as a concept-car. Production of Ford B-Max will begin in early 2012 and marketing of the first units is expected in April-May 2012 (not in India).It will be manufactured by Automobile Craiova, in Romania, where it will replace production of the Transit Connect. Ford B-Max replaces Ford Fusion in Europe. Ford India has aggressive plans of introducing 8 new vehicles by 2015. Ford B-Max is considered to be one of them.
Moreover, it features rear sliding doors. It is believed that the glass will be shatter resistant and extra tough in case of an accident. Head-designer Stefan Lamm declared at the unveiling of the car that Ford is confident the B-Max will achieve a full five star rating at the Euro NCAP crash testing. The new MPV will have the new 1.0 liter, three-cylinder SCTi engine belonging to the Ford’s EcoBoost family. The engine can belt out 118 bhp of power. It will feature the PowerShift six-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, turbocharged direct injection and start & stop system. The turbo petrol unit sports VVT (Variable Valve Timing) technology.Speculations are rife that Ford B-Max MPV might get an oil burner under the bonnet as it will serve in the European market, which is predominated by diesel cars. It is being said that B-Max might also be packed with a 1.5-litre Duratorq diesel motor with 90 bhp, as boasted in Ford Fiesta saloon in India.
The front passenger seats along with the rear seats are easily foldable, thereby making Ford B-Max MPV a very resourceful car.It can house a lot of luggage including bicycle and household goods.The boot is measured at 397 litres which can be expanded to over 1000 litres. With the absence of B pillar and sliding rear doors, the entry in Ford B-Max has become easy. It is in the air that Ford India will tag it below Ford Ecosport i.e. Rs 6 lakh-Rs 8 lakh. Ford India has it facility near Chennai and a new plant is being constructed in Sanand, Gujarat. Experts suggest that Ford B-Max could be the very first product to roll out from this facility by 2013.
Ford unveiled its new car B-MAX at the 2012 Geneva Motor show. Ford is planning to launch the car worldwide, which also includes India. As per the CEO and president of Ford, Mr. Alan Mulally, Ford B-MAX has been made for numerous car markets and hopefully this car will go into production by the end of 2012. When asked if Ford has any plans to launch Ford B-MAX in India, he said that at this particular time, the company can’t commit anything, but one thing is assured that Ford B-MAX will certainly go around the globe.read more