February 20, 2012
Another look at the Ford B-Max 0
After viewing the last version at the Geneva Motor Show, which was a concept car, many experts and journalists are full of praise for the car once again.Most importantly the car will receive Ford’s new 1.0 EcoBoost engine, which offers great performance as well as fantastic economical benefits to the owner.
The new sliding doors
The new Ford B-Max is based upon the same structure as the Ford Fiesta. What’s special about the Ford Fiesta is that it is compact yet practical at the same time. The B-Max can be described as a compact multipurpose vehicle which uses a brand new unique door opening technique, making the car extremely practical. There is no standard central pillar seen amongst normal road vehicles. Everyone is able to enter the vehicle with great ease, giving the car great family creditability.
Still very safe
Ford’s typically strong safety attributes are not lessened by the lack of a central pillar. There is no doubt that Ford will be chasing a five star rating from the Euro NCAP tests. Ford have used Boron steel to surround the front wheel arches as well as the rear hatch in order to make up for the removal of the central pillar.
The boot is big enough for plenty of storage. If that is not enough the seats can be folded flat allowing 2.3 meters in length of storage in total. In terms of structure the Ford B-Max is ultimately solid.
Don’t be fooled by the car’s family guise. It does have the potential to offer a great and responsive drive as is typical with Ford hatchbacks.
Manually operated doors
The doors are manually operated, unlike the Peugeot 1007 which has electric sliding doors which caused great frustration. They are very light and extremely easy to operate.
Intelligently the door will not open when the fuel filler cap is open. This will prevent potential injuries.
The Ford B-Max will not be made to look cheap. There will be a luxurious feel within. Wind noise will be kept down to a minimum. It will feel as if you are sitting within a larger car.
On top of the 1.0 EcoBoost petrol there will also be a 1.6 Econetic diesel, which again will provide excellent fuel economy.
The Ford B-Max will surely be one of the best vehicles available on the market within it’s class when released.