GENEVA MOTOR SHOW: Ford unveils Fusion replacement
The new model is based on the same platform as the Fiesta but with a higher seating position. Designed for congested urban conditions, the model is just 11 cm longer than the Fiesta five-door, and 32cm shorter than the new C-MAX. However, Ford says it offers unmatched interior versatility.
It's designed without a B-pillar – it also features twin rear sliding doors to deliver best-in-class access to the cabin. With both front and rear doors open, the access space measures 1.5m. The model has been designed for an extensive flat load space and can accommodate loads up to 2.35m in length. There's also a full-size panoramic sun roof.
'With the B-MAX we set out to create a vehicle that captures the spirit of a smaller S-MAX,' said Martin Smith, Ford of Europe’s executive design director. 'We wanted to show that a small car could be very spacious and practical inside, while still having the sleek, dynamic appearance that has made the S-MAX so popular.'
Power comes in the form of an 'ultra-low-CO2 powertrain' using a three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine equipped with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system, which is set to replace larger conventional four-cylinder petrol engines.
'The B-MAX demonstrates Ford’s commitment to providing customers with exciting and innovative vehicles,' said Ford chairman and CEO Stephen Odell. 'We believe that the new concepts and technologies it showcases will have a major impact on the small car market.'