Ford B-Max Concept at 2011 Geneva Auto Show
3 March 2011
Photo by Drew Phillips/AOL
The Ford B-Max is a compact minivan concept which rides on the same platform as the Fiesta. Its carcass sits 109 mm longer and taller than the Fiesta, and rear-seat passengers will have a much easier time getting in and out of the back seats thanks to the exclusive door construction.
A pair of sliding rear doors work together with the front doors to create an opening nearly five-feet wide. This is accomplished, in part, by the apparently lack of a B-pillar. Nevertheless, the B-pillar is still part of the B-Max but it's integrated into the front and rear doors. When closed, they work together in the same manner as a traditional support pillar.
The B-MAX is powered by an ultra-low-CO2 powertrain, featuring a state-of-the-art three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine equipped with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system.
This three-cylinder Ford EcoBoost represents the next addition to the global family of Ford EcoBoost engines. Like the 1.6- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engines, which have recently been launched in Ford's European medium and large cars, the 1.0-litre unit combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing to achieve significant reductions in fuel-consumption and CO2 emissions.