Ford’s new B-Max is a hit

Ford has revealed that its new B-Max has proved a hit with buyers – shifting 1,000 units in the first week of sale.

Ford B-Max

Ford’s new B-Max

The impressive B-Max picked up 2,500 advance orders before it even appeared in the dealerships. It’s an ingenious creation and uses a unique door system, providing unrivalled access and flexibility, class-leading technology features including SYNC and the most fuel efficient powertrains.

Unusually, most of the B-Max sales are overwhelmingly to private customers (63 per cent) with 22 per cent to Motability customers and the remainder to fleets.

The B-Max offers a unique and ingenious door system which integrates the traditional central “B” pillar structure into the rear doors, creating an opening more than 1.5 metres wide when the

hinged front doors and rear sliding doors are opened. This wider opening enables easy side loading, easier ingress and egress and coupled with the fold flat passenger and rear seats, delivers great flexibility. (Though I have flagged up previously here that removing the B Pillar isn’t a new innovation and I see that Ford no longer say it is).

The Ford B-MAX is equipped with a choice of fuel efficient powertrains. The new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, named “International Engine of the Year 2012” and most recently awarded the Dewar Trophy, is

available with both 100 and 120PS power outputs.  The 120PS engine features Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop system as standard and achieves class-leading CO2 emissions of 114g/km and an average fuel consumption of

57.7mpg.

Other petrol engine options include the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre Duratec engines, the latter is paired with Ford’s PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission.  For those preferring a diesel engine, there is

the 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi with best-in-class CO2 emissions of 104g/km and a 75PS 1.5-litre diesel appearing for the first time in the UK.

The B-Max is priced from £12,995 on-the-road.

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