2017 Ford B-Max Review - Is Ford's Forgotten MPV still a good buy? - Car Keys
The appearance of the production model was preceded by a concept that was presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The main highlight of the concept was the rear doors, which had a sliding mechanism. When the doors were “wide open,” a giant aperture of one and a half meters in size was formed, which incredibly facilitated access to the seats. They achieved this by leveling the central pillars, although to be more precise, the latter were present - their role was performed by rear doors made of heavy-duty steel. The technology name is Easy Access Door System. Who would have thought that in 2012 the model will reach its potential buyer in almost original form.
The Ford B-Max platform is the simplest - from the already proven Ford Fiesta. This determines the modest dimensions of the car - just over four meters - 11 cm longer than the five-door Fiesta, as much higher than it and 32 cm shorter than the new Grand C-Max.
In front of the car is felt the new family style of Ford. Significant contribution to this is made by the aggressive design of the central air intake, which is complemented by large non-dull lanterns and embossed hood. The bumper has attractive, excitement adjusting, side cuts with foglights inside. Rear: optimally sized faceted optics and well-chosen places for stamping. In general, the model contains in its appearance a bit of dissent, and with a practical bias.
The absence of the B-pillar requires solving a complex engineering problem of ensuring the rigidity of the body, and hence the safety of passengers and the driver. Usually for this purpose reinforce the roof. Here, the power elements of a complex profile are steel beams located at the inner edges of the doors. If the doors are closed, thanks to the profile of the beams, they become in a thrust between the floor and the ceiling of the car. Locks of locks, by the way, are on the ceiling and on the threshold.
In the design of the cabin Ford B-Max reigns "kinetic" avant-garde. Almost oval center console, stands out from the rest with a brilliant black gloss and a whole agglomeration of keys. The honorable top place was taken by a small multimedia display unit, just below it was a musical installation with a disc connector and a large number of buttons, as well as a control joystick. The climate control unit is outside the "oval". The instruments are immersed in a well of irregular shape, digitization is contrast and well readable.
Passenger seat can be folded, which allows you to correctly optimize the space for cargo purposes. The second row is in the standard 60:40 ratio. The maximum amount of luggage - 1496 liters.
For Ford B-Max, there are six engine options - four petrol and two diesel engines, all of which will be focused on low fuel consumption. Engine Duratorq TDCi 1.6 runs on diesel and has a volume of 1.6 liters, four cylinders and turbocharging. Output power reaches 95 hp Fuel consumption 4 liters per 100 kilometers. Another diesel has a volume of 1.5 liters and produces 75 hp.
The gasoline engine EcoBoost is presented in two variations. Both options have a working volume of 1 liter, as well as a direct fuel injection system. But due to the use of different turbo power will be, respectively, 100 and 120 hp The developers promise that the machine’s power consumption will not exceed 4.8 liters per 100 km of track for an instance with 100 hp. on board, and 5 liters for 120 strong modification. The more powerful EcoBoost motor is also equipped with the Auto-Start-Stop system, which turns off the motor when it stops at a traffic light, for example.
The most unpretentious Duratec petrol variants of 1.4 and 1.6 liters will not be able to boast of high-tech turbochargers and direct injections, but the usual scheme with 4 cylinders and 16 valves is very reliable. Power, respectively, 90 and 105 hp
All engines except the most powerful diesel engine are equipped with a dual-clutch robotic gearbox, and only the most powerful diesel engine - PowerShift automatic transmission.
The number and names of B-Max equipment for each market are determined by Ford separately. Some interesting innovations are already delivered as standard. These include Torque Vectoring Control - a system for distributing torque to the drive wheels, which helps to confidently go through the sharpest turns - a kind of imitation of the differential lock. Of the other options worth noting is the Active City Stop system, which automatically stops the car if it detects a fixed obstacle in front of it.
One of the other noteworthy features of the microven is the SYNC infotainment system, which provides the ability to control the music installation using the phone via Bluetooth and other things, via voice commands. However, the most important point of the system is the function of calling an ambulance and the police in automatic mode in case of an accident. This is determined by many parameters, including the deployment of airbags. Sly electronics is able to calculate the coordinates of people in distress through GPS, determine the language of this area and call the necessary services to the accident site.