New Ford makes Max use of access space

Ford's B-Max offers easy access to the interior.

FORD says you can buy its B-Max now for delivery in September. Prices start at £12,995 rising to a high of £17,595.
The global car giant says the B-Max offers drivers a combination of the latest design and small car technology coupled with unequalled economy.
Ford claims the car is competitively priced, and the 1.4-litre base model, the Studio, comes in at £12,995, with Zetec variants priced at £15,600 while the Titanium, which tops the range, costs from £17,595.
The B-Max’s Easy Access Door System offers high levels of access and flexibility. The car has “normal” hinged doors at the front, but sliding doors at the rear, all hung on a new body design which sees the central pillar structure as part of the doors rather than the body shell.
When both front and rear doors are open there is outstanding access to the interior, with a huge, clear aperture more than 1.5m wide. This  makes it significantly easier to enter or exit the rear seats, attend to children in child seats, or load and unload shopping. The sliding rear doors also offer added benefits in crowded streets or narrow parking bays when access via hinged doors could be awkward.
The Studio is available with manual five-speed transmission and the 1.4-litre 90PS Duratec engine. The standard features include: body colour bumpers, adjustable load floor in luggage compartment, adjustable driver’s seat, rake- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, fold flat front passenger seat, one hand one motion fold flat rear seats, electrically-operated door mirrors and one-touch windows, centre rear seat head restraint, remote central locking, Ford Easy Fuel capless refuelling system, low tyre pressure Deflation Detection System, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Intelligent protection System with front, side, knee and curtain airbags.
There is a choice of engines in the Zetec — three petrol and one diesel engine including the new 1.5-litre TDCi and 1.0-litre 100PS EcoBoost. There is a choice of manual and automatic transmissions. All Zetec launch models will include Ford SYNC at no extra cost (usually £250). The standard features on Zetec, additional to Studio, include: 15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, halogen headlights with LED day running lights, front fog lights, leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift knob, interior ambient lighting, sunglasses holder, manual air conditioning, child observation mirror, heated windscreen, DAB digital radio/CD with AUX, USB connection and Bluetooth, fuel computer and Thatcham alarm.
At the top of the range, the Titanium comes with a choice of three petrol engines including 1.0-litre 120PS EcoBoost with stop/start and the 1.6-litre 95PS TDCi engine. Ford SYNC will be standard. Features additional to Zetec include driver’s and centre rear seat armrests, driver’s seat adjustable lumbar support, cruise control, electronic automatic temperature control, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, Ford Power Start Button, front and rear carpet floor mats, Sony DAB digital radio/CD, 16-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels and high gloss upper and lower grille surrounds.
The B-MAX brings new standards of fuel efficiency to the compact MAV class with Ford’s latest petrol and diesel powertrains equipped with low-CO2 ECOnetic Technology. The petrol engine line-up is led by the three-cylinder Ford EcoBoost petrol engine, available in 100PS and 120PS versions. Equipped with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system as standard, the 120PS EcoBoost engine achieves class-leading CO2 emissions of 114g/km and fuel consumption of 57.6mpg. Other petrol engine options include the 90PS 1.4-litre Duratec unit, or the 105PS 1.6-litre Duratec engine which is paired with Ford’s high-efficiency PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission with advanced dual clutch technology.
B-MAX is available with a choice of two Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, each offering high fuel efficiency.  The 95PS 1.6-litre engine delivers CO2 emissions of 104g/km and fuel consumption of 70.6mpg. The 75PS 1.5-litre diesel, closely derived from the 1.6-litre engine, appears for the first time in Ford’s European product range. It achieves CO2 emissions of 109g/km and fuel consumption of 68.9mpg.
The Ford ECOnetic Technology pack fitted as standard to all B-MAX vehicles includes Electric Power Assisted Steering, which requires less energy than hydraulic power assisted steering systems, Gear Shift Indicator to highlight the most efficient gear changing points, and the Ford Eco Mode driver information system which helps drivers adopt a more economical driving style.
Smart Regenerative Charging, which charges the battery at the most economical point in the engine’s operating cycle, is also featured on the 1.0-litre EcoBoost and1.5-/1.6-litre TDCi Duratorq engines. Emergency Assistance is the most advanced system of its type, capable of communicating with emergency services in more than 30 countries and it is provided to customers free of charge for the life of their vehicle. It deploys when the fuel line shuts and/or the airbags deploy. Through the GPS locator in the vehicle, it is able to ensure communications with the emergency services operator in the correct language throughout Europe to provide peace of mind and potentially life-saving technology to Ford B-MAX customers.