Ford B-MAX (2012–2017)

Model History

March 2011

Ford B-MAX revealed

Based on Ford’s global B-car platform – shared with the highly successful 2008 Fiesta – the B-MAX is slightly more than four metres in length. The B-MAX is just 11 cm longer than the Fiesta five-door, and is 32 cm shorter than the new C-MAX.

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.

Having folded the 60/40 split rear seats and the front passenger seat to create an extensive flat load floor, the side access is particularly convenient to load bulky items such as flat-pack furniture or even a bicycle. With the front passenger seat folded, the interior is capable of swallowing exceptionally long loads measuring up to 2.35 metres in length.

In developing the B-MAX’s unique integrated B-pillar body design for production, Ford engineers have ensured that it delivers the same outstanding levels of crash protection as Ford products with a more conventional structure. To deliver the required performance in side impacts, the structure of both front and rear doors has been significantly strengthened – with ultra-high-strength Boron steel in key load-bearing areas – so that the door frames work together to absorb energy like a ‘virtual B pillar’.

Special safety interlocks and reinforced latch mechanisms ensure that the doors remain firmly fixed to the roof and floor structure during an impact, and enable the front and rear doors to act together to protect the occupants. When these measures are combined with other structural enhancements to the bodyshell and the latest restraint system technologies, the result is a body design which meets the highest safety standards.

The B-MAX is powered by an ultra-low-CO2 powertrain, featuring a state-of-the-art three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine equipped with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system.

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, the 1.0-litre unit combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing to achieve significant reductions in fuel-consumption and emissions.

June 2011

More details of new 1.0 three-cylinder engine announced. Technically advanced, it is a super-efficient three-cylinder engine that delivers the same performance as a four-cylinder, but with much higher fuel economy and lower emissions.

To achieve this, engineers at Dunton, Essex, Ford's global centre of excellence for small-capacity engines, focused on improving thermal efficiency and reducing friction of the engine's internal moving parts, especially during warm-up. That is when an engine emits higher levels of CO2 and other pollutants. The new engine introduces many new technologies that could be part of the DNA of future Ford engines:

An offset crankshaft that reduces friction. An advanced, Ford-designed split cooling system that allows the cylinder block to warm up before the cylinder head. Faster cylinder block warm-ups save fuel, especially in cold weather

An exhaust manifold cast into the cylinder head. The one-piece assembly lowers the temperature of the exhaust gases. This enables the engine to run in a wider rpm band with the optimum fuel-to-air ratio. The new design also saves weight and allows the engine to operate more smoothly

April 2012

Prices and Range Structure announced from £12,995

The new Ford B-MAX was open for orders for September 2012 delivery from £12,995, bringing UK drivers a combination of ingenious design, economy and advanced small car technology. This innovative new car will be competitively priced with the 1.4-litre petrol engine Studio model starting at £12,995, Zetec models at £15,600 and the top-of-the-range Titanium specification from £17,595.

The unique Ford Easy Access Door System delivers new levels of convenience, access and flexibility. It features conventional, hinged front doors and rear sliding doors, combined with a new body design. This integrates the traditional central pillar structure into the front and rear doors, rather than forming part of the bodyshell itself.

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 is around twice the width offered by competitors with alternative door concepts and makes it significantly easier to enter or exit the rear seats, attend to children in child seats, or load and unload shopping.

Model line-up

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.

Zetec has a choice of 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.

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.

There are 11 exterior colours available on the B-MAX including new Race Red (solid) Tectonic Silver, Burnished Glow and Nautical Blue (metallic finishes).

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-leadingemissions 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 best-in-class fuel efficiency. The 95PS 1.6-litre engine delivers 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 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.

B-MAX Engine Data
Engine Transmission Co2 (g/km) urban extra urban combined
1.4L Sigma 90PS Manual 139 35.8 57.7 47.1
1.6 Sigma 105PS Powershift 149 32.8 55.4 44.1
1.0L ECOboost 100PS Manual 119 42.8 65.7 55.4
1.0L ECOboost 120PS Auto-Start/Stop Manual 114 47.1 67.3 57.7
1.5L TDCi 75PS Manual 109 58.9 74.3 68.9
1.6L TDCi 95PS Manual 104 60.1 78.5 70.6

December 2015

Ford B-Max gets 140PS 1.0 Ecoboost engine option from Spring 2016.

July 2016

Warranty on 6-speed dry clutch Powershifts now extended to 5 years.

July 2016

Ford B-Max highest ranked small MPV in 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study.

What does a Ford B-MAX (2012 – 2017) cost?