It seems the MPV is enjoying a revival in South Africa. Notable models launched locally this year include the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and more recently, the Volkswagen Golf SV which Thomas Falkiner reported on last week. Now Ford will join the fray with the new B-Max.
According to Ford, the model will challenge ideas about what is possible with a compact vehicle. It is based on the architecture of the B-segment Ford Fiesta. There are not many choices in this small MPV segment. The B-Max will compete with offerings like the Opel Meriva when it lands in the third quarter of this year. Highlights include rear sliding doors, which offer a 1.5-metre aperture – this should be a hit among parents attending to kids in car seats, says Ford. In addition, you get rear seats with a 60/40 split and a “one-hand, one-motion” mechanism. The full engine line-up is yet to be announced, but Ford’s plaudit-gaining one-litre EcoBoost mill is on the cards.
Familiar Ford technologies like the voice-activated Sync system, as well as the MyKey function will also be available, as well as features like a panoramic roof. The B-Max promises to deliver an experience as agile and confident as the Fiesta it is based on.