Ford has unveiled its new B-MAX at the Geneva Motor Show, which will feature an ultra-low CO2 powertrain with a state-of-the-art 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ford EcoBoost petrol engine and Auto-Start-Stop.
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.
Designed to replace larger conventional four-cylinder petrol engines, the three-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine is undergoing final development prior to its production launch.
The B-MAX is based on Ford’s global B-car platform – shared with the new Fiesta. The B-MAX has a unique new body design which eliminates the traditional B pillar and features twin rear sliding doors. This format – which has already been engineered for production – promises best-in-class access to the cabin.
With both front and rear doors open there is outstanding access to the interior, with a huge, clear aperture measuring over 1.5 metres wide. This is around twice the width offered by competitors with alternative door concepts, making it significantly easier to enter or exit the rear seats, attend to children in child seats, or load shopping.
The sensation of space in the interior is enhanced by a full-size panoramic glass roof, which covers the entire roof area.