Ford is at it again and by it we mean cooking something up that will take the B-segment by storm. The latest to hit the press ahead of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is a little CUV concept that is based on the popular and global Ford Fiesta. This is actually a trend, one we have seen with the C-Max, which is based on the Focus C-Segment platform. For those readers enjoying their time in the EU, the trend is more significant with the addition of the S-Max, which the Mondeo D-segment take-off. The questions are quite endless, but the biggies are: Will it go into production? What engines will be offered? What will it cost to own one of these bad boys?
Those are all good questions, but since this is a concept we can’t give you a definitive answer. What we do know, courtesy of Car and Driver, is that the B-Max is somewhere near 13 feet in length, which makes it about a foot or more shorter than its larger C-Max cousin. From the approximate length we can guess that the B-Max will be just about four inches longer and taller than the current Ford Fiesta giving it the additional cargo and interior room that consumers would expect in a CUV—or MPV if you are on the other side of the pond. The part of this concept that most likely won’t make it to production is the B-pillarless aperture, which would mostly be due to safety regulations both in the EU and U.S.
Ford B-Max Concept Ahead of 2011 Geneva Motor Show
What about power you say? Sources over at Leftlane News predict that the power will come from a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with Start/Stop technology. They also predict that the 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, currently found in the Fiesta, will be on the option list. We would assume fuel economy would be near if not a little below that of the current Fiesta…so somewhere in the high 30s on the highway—however Ford may push to make the B-Max be the fifth vehicle to be rated by the EPA at 40 mpg.
Bottom line—Ford knows when they have a good thing and they are capitalizing on it. If the vehicle does indeed go into production expect the B-Max to enter the market some time in 2012 as a 2013 model.
[Source: Car and Driver and Leftlane News]