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Old 10/12/09, 03:52 PM
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Ford B-Max

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/au...pace_race.html

The Fiesta-based car – which replaces the much-criticised, slow-selling Fusion – offers style and practicality in a compact package. It will slot into the range below the C-MAX, which will be available with five and seven seats when the next generation version goes on sale in a couple of years’ time. But the B-MAX will take Ford into the rapidly expanding supermini-MPV class.

While the Fusion could never rival the Vauxhall Meriva and Renault Modus, its replacement will have a lot more going for it. And, as we revealed in Issue 1,035, it’s already been given the green light. Production will start at Ford’s recently acquired factory in Romania in 2010.

Yet it faces some very stiff competition. The forthcoming Meriva replacement will be sleek and versatile – so the B-MAX has to be good.As you can see from our pictures, the fresh-faced machine certainly has style. The shape takes much of its inspiration from the stunning new Fiesta. A taller roofline has been added to improve headroom and boot space, but the B-MAX still looks great.

Huge, bold headlights, neat tail-lamps and an eye-catching rising waistline add visual appeal, as do the chunky wheelarches and athletic stance. The newcomer will sit on a slightly longer wheelbase than the Fiesta’s, and although the supermini has been criticised for being short on space, the same can’t be said of the B-MAX. There will be plenty of legroom in the rear and accommodation for at least two tall adults. |

Versatility will be high on the agenda. A development of the C-MAX’s sliding seats is likely, so occupants can vary boot space and passenger legroom. Up front, the cabin’s design and layout will be inspired by the Fiesta, where the emphasis is on quality. And the B-MAX is also likely to get a BMW iDrive-style control system, scheduled to debut first on the new C-MAX. With agile handling, sharp steering and a fine ride, the B-MAX will be great to drive, too.

But the best news comes under the bonnet. We revealed in Issue 1,037 that Ford plans to equip its models with a fresh range of small-capacity, direct-injection, turbo petrol engines. As a result, the B-MAX is expected to use 1.0-litre units with outputs ranging from 89bhp to 108bhp, while there is even scope for a 148bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine.

Diesel fans will be able to specify 1.6-litre TDCi units developing 89bhp and 108bhp. The oil-burner is also set to form the basis of a green Econetic version, offering ultra-low CO2 emissions. Production of the B-MAX is set to start at the Craiova plant in 2010. Ford has said it plans to build 100,000 models in the first year, but the factory has the capacity to increase output if sales demand it.




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liking it!
the rear quarter angle is very similar to honda's fit.
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I was actually thinking Mazda CX-7.

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I like it but I think rear visibility will be small dont you think?
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I was actually thinking Mazda CX-7.

yea, that one fits more!
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Originally Posted by Red Star View Post
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The Fiesta-based car – which replaces the much-criticised, slow-selling Fusion...
Wait what? Do either of those descriptions match the Fusion? And how does a Fiesta based car come anywhere near the same segment as the Fusion? I don't see a single word in this sentence that is accurate...
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Originally Posted by 1chocophile View Post
Wait what? Do either of those descriptions match the Fusion? And how does a Fiesta based car come anywhere near the same segment as the Fusion? I don't see a single word in this sentence that is accurate...
Wrong Fusion.

They are talking about European Fusion.



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the euro fusion is hideous
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I saw few of them in Serbia last summer, they're even worse when you see them in person.
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the euro fusion is hideous
Yep, Ford of Europe's weakest car by a long shot.....the black sheep of the family. Thankfully no longer available now we have the new (and very cool) Fiesta.
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Originally Posted by stangfoeva View Post
the euro fusion is hideous
indeed. compare it to the transit.
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Yep, Ford of Europe's weakest car by a long shot.....the black sheep of the family. Thankfully no longer available now we have the new (and very cool) Fiesta.
yup. but you guys get cool cars like the focus rs so it evens out
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Originally Posted by Red Star View Post
Wrong Fusion.

They are talking about European Fusion.
Urgh, note to self: breakfast burritos do NOT taste as good the second time around!
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