By on February 28, 2011

Having shown a raft of C-platformed cars, MPVs and crossovers at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford is making big deal out of its smaller B-segment platform at Geneva, with this “B-Max” MPV. Just over four inches longer than a fiesta but over a foot shorter than the C-Max, the B-Max packages pillar-free sliding door entrances into a tiny footprint for this MPV, which is destined for a 2012 launch in Europe (no word on US availability, but don’t hold your breath). And in addition to the Fiesta’s 1.6 NA four-banger, the B-Max will debut Ford’s smallest EcoBoost engine to date, a 1.0 liter with start-stop technology. Just the thing to take on Opel’s suicide-doored Meriva, which is headed to the US soon as a Buick.

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19 Comments on “Ford’s Plus-Sized Fiesta...”


  • avatar

    if they made the rear seats fold-flat for this model, that would make it more interesting as a hatchback than the fiesta.

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    pannkake

    Dear Ford,
    please sell this in the USA.  This type of vehicle is a cheap way for high-functioning paraplegics to drive.  Transfer from wheelchair to seat, then cram the chair in the back (either fold, or dismantle).  I bought a Honda Element for my partner to use for this reason.  She loves it, but the seat is a bit high for the transfer.

    • 0 avatar
      MarcKyle64

      A co-worker with paraplegia modified one of the first Chrysler minivans by taking out the back seat and installing a powerfolding ramp & gate. She’d just roll right up to behind the driver’s seat and transfer.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      As soon as I saw it, I saw an immediate use for picking my wife up at the nursing home, toss her chain in where the second row seats currently sit, and drive off – without having to deal with the bulk of a Chrysler minivan.  I’ll be holding off my new car purchase for awhile, until I hear something more about this one.

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    +1
    This hadn’t occurred to me, but as a former caregiver, I wholeheartedly agree. Most group homes and the like use Econolines or Astros or other large, cheap vans… if you can’t afford a wheelchair lift, the client must be physically hoisted up into a seat (no joke on a big BOF van). This vehicle would make that infinitely easier without all the cost (upfront and in running expenses) that a lift-equipped BOF van requires.
    Good call!

    • 0 avatar
      V572625694

      I’m starting to see what to me is a new kind of wheelchair equipment in the back of pickups — not sure what you call it, but there’s a little jib crane mounted in the bed that apparently allows the driver to swing the the attached wheelchair up and around next to the driver’s door, and an extra step beneath the door so the driver can swing over to the chair more easily. Anything to provide additional mobility for these folks is great, but an F-150 is also carrying a lot of excess weight and space for this purpose.

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    strafer

    If the rear seats can be completely removed, this is exactly the kind of car I need to replace my aging Element.

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    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    Dear carmakers,
    Please sell a car in the US that has a diesel between 2-3l, seats 5-6, that has at least 43″ in front/rear headroom and legroom, for less than $40k.  With a stick or at least 8 gears SMG.

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    colin42

    Nice except like the Opel’s suicide-doored Meriva once it reaches production it would have grown a set of B pillars

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    Mark MacInnis

    No frickin’ way this, or any permutation of design like it, meets the side impact standards of our beloved federal gummint.  So, nice try but NOT coming soon to a dealer near you….

  • avatar
    Philosophil

    I like it.

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    SherbornSean

    Looks great and practical.  If they have resolved the side impact issues by placing the reinforements within the doors, then this would be a logical replacement to a C-class vehicle for many consumers.

    I like that they went with 2 rows that people can actually access and comfortably sit in, rather than a nominal third row that gets used twice a year.

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    zeus01

    Now THAT is an instrument panel that looks like it’s melting. On the other hand, this design, while uglier than the Honda Fit, could certainly lure a few potential Fit buyers away with its almost-comparable utility. Hopefully the absence of a frame between the doors will not result in a host of squeeks, rattles and rigidity issues shortly after the warranty expires.

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    prattworks

    Very cool.  This type of car, with the small displacement direct injection or diesel, is excactly what Ford needs to bring to the US market.  Eminently practical for people or cargo, impressive economy, easy to park and cheap to buy.

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    Z71_Silvy

    Yet another hideous Ford.
     
    Why go through all the effort of making a vehicle if the outcome is so ugly and mediocre?  That has been the case with every new Ford since about 2005.  They really need to hire people that know what they’re doing…from the top down.

  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    I think this is the new Nissan Axxess, right?


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