To compensate for the
inclusion of the B-pillars in the doors, Ford says that the structure of
front and rear doors has been strengthened for side impact protection, with ultra-high-strength Boron steel in key load-bearing
areas so the door frames work together to absorb energy like a virtual
engine options with a power range from 75 to 120 PS.
The European arm of the
American cars and trucks manufacturer adds that special safety interlocks
and reinforced latch mechanisms help the doors to remain fixed to the roof
and floor structure during an impact, so they act together to
help protect the occupants, in addition to the other structural enhancements to
the bodyshell and the restraint systems.
The B-Max will be launched
with four petrol (gasoline) and three diesel engine options. The petrol
engines start from the three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost,
available in 100PS (74 kW, 99 bhp) and 120PS (88 kW, 118 bhp) versions.
The latter comes with a standard Auto-Start-Stop system with CO2 emissions of 114g/km and fuel consumption of
4.9 litre/ 100km (57.6 UK mpg, 48 USA mpg, 20.41 km/litre).
panoramic sun roof option can enhance the perception of
interior space, especially in a subcompact car like the
Other petrol engine
options include the 1.4-litre Duratec unit (90PS, 66 kW, 89 bhp), or the
1.6-litre Duratec engine (105PS, 77 kW, 104 bhp) with Fordís PowerShift
six-speed automatic transmission with dual clutch technology.
Two Duratorq TDCi engines
will be available: the 95PS (70 kW, 94 bhp) 1.6-litre engine delivers CO2
emissions of 104g/km and fuel consumption of 4.0l/100km (70.6 UK mpg, 58.8
US mpg, 25 km / litre), or its derived version the 75PS (55 kW, 74 bhp)
1.5-litre diesel, which appears for the first time in Fordís European
product range. Its CO2 emissions are at 109g/km
with a fuel consumption average of 4.1l/100km (68.9 UK mpg, 57.4 USA mpg,
24.4 km / litre).
Fuel saving and emissions
reducing ECOnetic technologies
fitted as standard to all B-Max vehicles will include Electric Power Assisted
Steering, Gear Shift Indicator to highlight the most efficient
gear changing points, and the Ford Eco Mode driver information system
which helps adopt a more economical driving style. Smart
Regenerative Charging, which charges the battery at the most economical
point in a journey, is also featured on the 1.0-litre EcoBoost and
1.5/1.6-litre Duratorq engines.
The new B-Max will also
feature Fordís voice-activated, in-car connectivity system, SYNC, with its
Emergency Assistance function which helps the passengers to call emergency
services in the event of a crash. The Emergency
Assistance can communicate with
emergency services in more than 30 countries and should be provided to customers
free of charge for the life of their vehicle (to be checked later depending
on markets and equipment versions). Through the GPS locator in
the vehicle, the system can communicate with the emergency
services operator in the spoken language throughout Europe.
The SYNC system (see also the Focus
MyFord system and the SYNC
system previous mentions at autopressnews.com) is an advanced voice
control, device integration and connectivity interface. It enables users
to connect mobile phones and music players by Bluetooth or USB, make
hands-free telephone calls and control music and other functions using
voice commands. It can also automatically transfer contacts details from a
connected Bluetooth device (a smartphone for instance) to the vehicle, as
it allows calls to contacts to be
activated using straightforward voice commands and reads text messages
aloud from phones connected using Bluetooth MAP.
Ford expects that the SYNC
system, which is already well established in the U.S., to be adopted in more than 3.5
million new vehicles in Europe by 2015.
The Active City
Stop system will be another interesting
feature to be available with the B-Max (again, standard and optional features will be announced, with
the prices, nearer to the launch date), as it helps avoid low speed collisions with the car in front,
when it is stationary or moving slowly.
First launched on the compact (lower-medium) Ford Focus
last year, Active City Stop monitors traffic ahead and applies the brakes
if it detects a risk of collision with a vehicle in front. Ford says that
its system can prevent collisions at speeds up to 15km/h (9.3 mph) and
reduce the severity of impacts at speeds as high as 30km/h (18.6 mph).
Other equipment items will include the Hill Launch
Assist, which stops the car rolling back during hill starts or when
parking on a slope, in addition to a rear-view camera to help in parallel
parking, an eight-speaker Sony audio system, Key Free system, Ford Power
Button and leather upholstery.