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.
cc, Manual, Petrol, 15.0 kmpl
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Ford Motors is a USA based automobile manufacturer, which has established itself globally with their splendid vehicles. It has a lot of vehicle splendid vehicles in the country's car market and all are doing an impressive business. Now the automaker has announced about the launch of its multi purpose vehicle, which will christened as Ford B Max. However, the company has not reveal the exact date of launch, but it is expected that it will come sometime this year. It is slated that this MPV will come with the same engines, which are running on the roads of United Kingdom. Apart from the power train, it will come with the same features, which are available in the global market. It is one of the most peppy and enthralling vehicle series from their stable. The company is selling this vehicle with both EcoBoost and diesel engines option for the buyers to choose from. It is anticipated to come in several variants. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine comes with a displacement capacity of 998cc. It has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 98.6bhp in combination with 170Nm of torque output. On the other hand, its 1.5-litre TDCi power plant can displace 1498cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using DOHC based valve configuration. This motor can churn out a peak power of 74bhp and yields a maximum torque of 185Nm. These engines are mated with both manual and automatic transmission gear box, which distributes the engine power to its front wheels. The company has given it an advanced braking and reliable suspension mechanism, which keeps it well balanced and stable. Its braking mechanism is further enhanced by ABS along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from wheel locking in case of sudden brakes are applied. It has a decent ground clearance along with a long wheelbase, which makes it capable for dealing with bumpy roads.
For giving a stress free driving experience, the company has bestowed this multi purpose vehicle with a lot of protective features. It has a rigid body structure with crumple zones that protects the occupants in case of any crash. The dual front SRS airbags are given for additional safety in case of any collision occurs. It has an advanced engine immobilizer for preventing the vehicle from theft. Apart from these, the cabin is also incorporated with seat belt with pretensioner and load limiter, central locking system, rear doors with child safety lock, a high mounted stop lamps, rear defogger and many other such aspects. At the same time, the manufacturer has done up its internal cabin with utmost care and fitted it with a driver oriented cockpit featuring an intuitive instrument and switch layout. Its seats are ergonomically designed and integrated with adjustable head restraints, while driver and front co-passenger seat are electrically adjustable. For enhancing the ambiance of its cabin, it will be bestowed with an advanced music system, which is integrated with various input options along with four speakers. In addition to these, it also has an efficient air conditioning unit, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, day/night internal rear view mirror, a large boot space, courtesy lights, sunglass holder and many other utility based aspects.
On the other hand, the company has designed this MPV with an attractive body structure, which makes is look captivating with several styling aspects. It is equipped with a trendy headlight cluster that is powered by halogen headlamps and side turn indicator. The bold radiator grille is embedded with a prominent logo in the center. The nicely crafted wheel arches are fitted with a set of steel or alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. Apart from these, it also has body colored ORVMs, wraparound taillight cluster, side moldings, body colored bumpers and many other such aspects. All these features put together makes it one of the most comfortable, safest and good looking vehicles in it segment. This vehicle will compete against the likes of Toyota Innova, Honda Mobilio, Relault Lodgy, Maruti Ertiga and others in this segment.
It is expected that this upcoming vehicle will get a lot of striking features, which gives it a captivating look on the roads. To begin with the side profile, it is elegantly designed with body colored outside rear view mirrors and door handles. These external wing mirrors are electrically adjustable and fitted with side turn indicator. The company has given it flared up wheel arches that are fitted with a set of steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres that ensure a superior grip on any road conditions. It also has body colored protective moldings that prevents it from minor damages. The B-pillar and window sill are finished in black color, which enhances the look of its side profile. Coming to its front fascia, it is designed with a number of features. The slanted bonnet has a few expressive lines and is embossed with a prominent company insignia, which gives the frontage a distinct look. It has an attractive radiator grille, which is fitted with quite a few chrome plated slats. This grille is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster that is incorporated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Its top end variant is expected to come with day time running lamps as well. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper that is fitted with a wide air dam for cooling the engine. It is accompanied by a protective cladding for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. This air dam is surrounded by a couple of bright fog lamps that adds to the visibility, especially in bad weather conditions. The large windscreen is made of green tinted glass and it is accompanied by a couple of intermittent wipers. On the other hand, its rear end has a curvy boot lid, which is fitted with a thick chrome strip and embossed with variant badging. The body colored bumper has a pair of reflectors and it also has a luminous tail light cluster that is incorporated with reverse light along with brake light and turn indicator. Its sporty rear spoiler is equipped with a high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety of this vehicle. It also has a sporty rear spoiler and a roof mounted antenna, which adds to the overall appearance.
The overall length of this hatchback is about 4077mm along with a decent height of 1751mm, which ensures enough head room for all occupants. It has a total width of 2067mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. Its large wheelbase measures about 2648mm and it also has a decent ground clearance, which makes it capable for dealing with bad road conditions. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 10.4 meters that is rather good for this segment.
The internal section of this yet to be launched MPV series is designed in two tone color scheme and it is incorporated with a lot of refined aspects. The company has given it a smooth dashboard, which completes the overall look. It is equipped with AC vents, glove box and a three spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switches. It also has a couple of 12V power sockets in its center console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices that adds to the convenience level. In terms of seating, it is going to be blessed with ergonomically designed seats, which are well cushioned. These are integrated with adjustable head restraints. The driver seat comes with lumbar support along with four way adjustable function. The seats of high end trim are covered with leather upholstery, while other gets premium fabric upholstery. The rear seat comes with split foldable function, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. The top end variant has its inside door handles and central console garnished with royal black metallic paint, while the same have Pegasus and Castro Silver finishing in the base and mid range trims respectively. The instrument panel houses an advanced trip computer, which features distance to empty, average consumption, average speed, outside temperature display, average fuel economy and so on for keeping the driver updated. Other than these, it includes quite a few utility based aspects that turns out useful to its passengers during their journey. The list includes cup holders in floor console, coin holders in center console as well as cup and magazine holders in front and rear door trims. Besides these, it has a storage compartment on driver and front passenger's side, while there is a spacious glove box compartment that is good enough for placing small things. Its leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob along with chrome accentuated inside door handles gives the cabin a classy look. There is an advanced music system fitted in the center console, which offers best in-car entertainment to its passengers.
As per speculations, this multi purpose vehicle is blessed with a lot of features, which will gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. There is a manual HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system installed in the base variant, while the remaining trims have an automatic AC unit. The entry and mid level variants are going to bestowed with electrically adjustable external mirrors, which are also foldable in the top end trims. For the convenience of its driver, it has a multifunctional steering wheel, which is mounted with audio and call control buttons. It also has an auto cruise function that helps in maintaining a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. The infotainment system is one interesting feature, which keeps its passengers entertained throughout their journey. It has an advanced music system that supports Bluetooth connectivity. It is equipped with CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, Aux-in port, i-Pod connectivity and USB interface. The reverse parking sensors in the high end trim helps the driver in parking it easily. It has all four power operated windows with one touch operation on the driver's side. The 100 percent foldable rear seat is useful for bringing in more luggage inside. Other aspects such as guide-me home headlamps, foot well lamps, cruise control function, push button start with keyless entry, fuel computer, digital clock are also available. The instrument cluster includes a digital tripmeter, driver seat belt warning lamp, distance to empty indicator, tachometer, low fuel consumption as well as headlamp on warning notifications. Apart from these, it is also expected to be fitted with ambient lighting, rain sensing wipers, electric boot release, height adjustable seat belts, adjustable rear headrests, intelligent rear demister and a tilt steering wheel.
This vehicle has enough front and rear headroom. At the same time, it has a front leg room of 1094mm, which gives rather comfortable driving experience. This vehicle has a spacious boot compartment of 476 litres, which can be increased up to 1062 litres by folding its rear seat. The fuel tank has the capacity of storing up to 53 litres, which is quite good for planning longer drives.
With the help of a five speed manual transmission gear box, the EcoBoost motor helps in achieving a maximum speed in the range of 160 to 170 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 10 seconds from a standstill, which is rather thrilling for the passengers sitting inside. On the other hand, its diesel engine can achieve a top speed of 155 Kmph and it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in about 12 seconds.
As per the news, this vehicle will come in both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine comes with a displacement capacity of 998cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using DOHC based valve configuration. It can churn out a maximum power of 98.6bhp in combination with 170Nm of torque output, which is going to be rather good for Indian road and traffic conditions. It is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system, which allows the vehicle to deliver a power packed performance. At the same time, the 1.5-litre TDCi engine comes with a displacement capacity of 1498cc. This power plant can churn out a peak power of 74bhp and yields a maximum torque of 185Nm. These are cleverly mated with both manual or automatic transmission gear box, depending on the variants.
The 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine of this MPV is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system, which allows it to deliver a decent fuel economy. It enables the motor to generate 15.5 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions and 18.3 Kmpl on the bigger roads, which is rather good for this class. At the same time, its 1.5-litre diesel motor is integrated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system that allows it to gives out 18.5 Kmpl under the city traffic conditions and its mileage goes up to 25.2 Kmpl on the expressways.
The petrol engine can the capacity of churning out a peak power of 98.6bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a maximum torque output of 170Nm between 1400 to 1500rpm. On the other hand, its diesel engine can produce 74bhp of power output at 3750rpm in combination with 185Nm of commanding torque output in the range of 2000 to 2750rpm.
This model series is bestowed with an advanced entertainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and six speakers that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. It supports CD/MP3 player, Aux-in port, USB interface along with an option for pairing mobile phones. It also has satellite navigation system that adds to the comfort level. At the same time, the owners can customize the vehicle with several exterior and interiors accessories. The list of aspects includes rear spoiler, bonnet protector, mud flaps, weather shield, boot scuff guard, carry bars, ski carrier, illuminated scuff plates, floor carpets and mats, leather seats, first aid kit, safety triangle and fire extinguisher.
Like any other car model in Ford's portfolio, this upcoming vehicle is also expected to gets a reliable braking system along with a proficient suspension mechanism, which keeps the vehicle well balanced and stable. Its front axle is assembled with an independent McPherson strut with offset coil spring, while the rear gets multi link control blade with large dampers. Both these axles are further assisted by gas filled shock absorbers. Its front wheels are equipped with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while rear ones have been equipped with a sturdy set of drum brakes. This braking mechanism is further augmented by ABS along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from skidding especially on slippery roads. At the same time, it has a power steering system, which deliver an appropriate level of comfort, while driving. It comes with tilt and telescopic adjustment function, which makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
This upcoming model series has been equipped with quite a number of advanced safety features that protects the occupants as well as vehicle. All the variants in this model series is going to be integrated with energy absorbing bumpers and crumple zones along with door reinforcements, which absorbs most of the impact caused in case of any untoward collision. In addition to these, it has anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, remote programmable key entry with greeting lamps, child lock for rear doors and a central locking system for added security. The presence of three point ELR (emergency locking retractor) seat belts for all passengers adds to the advantage and it also comes with driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. It is incorporated with an engine immobilizer unit that restricts any unauthorized access to the vehicle. The base level trim is equipped with a driver airbag, while the other two variants have dual front airbags that further bolsters the safety quotient. Apart from these, it is also expected to be fitted with adaptive cruise control with adjustable speed limiting device, rear parking sensors, a pair of bright fog lamps, reverse camera, central locking system, rear defogger and many other such features.
It is expected that the neatly carved wheel arches are equipped with a set of 16-inch steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are covered with 205/60 R16 sized tubeless radial tyres. The company has also given it a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It will be a standard aspect across all the variants.
1. Lots of innovative safety features is a big plus point.
2. Rear view camera with parking sensors is an advantage.
3. Roomy internal cabin with good seating arrangement.
4. Good engine performance with decent acceleration and pickup.
5. Innovative comfort features adds to its advantage.
1. Turning radius is quite high.
2. Fuel economy of petrol engine is not up to the mark.
3. Ground clearance can be made better.
4. Many other safety and comfort features can be added.
5. Diesel engine noise, vibration and harshness can be reduced.
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