The production version of the Ford B-MAX has been revealed ahead of its debut at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March.

But despite Australia’s growing demand for small cars, you won’t find the Fiesta-based compact MPV in local showrooms in the short term, with Ford Australia admitting the B-MAX is not on its agenda at this stage.

Ford Australia’s Sinead Phipps said the local company was focusing its efforts on the similarly sized EcoSport compact SUV, which is also based on the Fiesta platform. The EcoSport is expected to go on sale in Australia around the middle of 2013.

The B-MAX will initially be sold in Europe where there is a larger market for tall, MPV-style compact cars.

 

Like the B-MAX concept (above), which was first seen at last year’s Geneva show, the production model has no fixed B-pillars. Instead, the structurally integral vertical supports are integrated into the edges of the doors. The front doors open conventionally while both rear doors slide backwards, allowing unhindered access to the five-seat cabin.

The B-MAX will be available with the new 92kW/170Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine as well as a number of Duratorq diesel powerplants

Ford says the car will set new standards in design, offer best-in-class technological features, and provide a versatile seating system and class-leading load space.




  • Mark

    disappointing decision by ford. Would be nice to see something different in the market    

  • Kelso

    …not the best example of Ford’s current design language.

  • family man

    Why not for Australia??
    Families need these things. Where have the Mazda 5′s (Premacy’s), Holden Zafiras and Daihatsu Pyzars gone!? 

    Families need spacious utility vehicles that are economical and affordable, NOT half-balled 4WD wannabes that have tiny space inside, pricey and petrol guzzlers.

    Bring out the Golf + ‘s, Mazda 5 ‘s and MPV’s !! It’s about time Australians have realized that they have been deprived of true value cars and conned into buying pricey fake 4WDs and sports sedans just because they look bigger & sexy on the outside.

    • Phil

      Most Australians are too stupid to realise they’ve been conned. Also many of those cars we missed out on don’t have a automatic gearbox – a necessity for most lazy obese Aussies.

      In the meantime, you can still get a VW Caddy or Kia Rondo.

    • Gan Tan

       Kia Rondo, Nissan Dualis+2, Peugeot 3008

  • Sliding Doors Fan

    Please bring this vehicle to Australia Ford.

    We are big fans of sliding doors with young kids.

    We have an ageing Mazda MPV and would love to replace it with something smaller (we don’t need all 7 seats), but we just can’t give up our sliding doors.

    • Phil

      VW Caddy is smaller (but still has 7 seats) and has sliding doors.

  • JD

    what happened to ford global products. 

  • JJ

    Would be nice for B-Max, C-Max and S-Max to be on sale here.

  • James

    Please import it to australia!! I can find at least 10 persons in my circle of friends who would buy that car!! We need mpv’s, i can’t be bothered buying one more 4wd

  • Asd

    What is with Australian car companies and thinking that everyone wants/needs an SUV?

    Haven’t they heard of the baby boom? People want cars that are versatile, without being too big. 7 seats when you need them and plenty of room when you don’t. 

    Not as big as a Tarago/Carnival but with sliding doors.

    Ford now sells 3 SUV’s in Australia but not one MPV. The same with Mazda.

    The current Japanese Mazda MPV is a good fit, so are the Toyota Voxy, Honda Freed.

    The Toyota Avensis is a good size but doesn’t sliding doors and is not exactly fuel efficient?

    VW Caddy is the only thing that comes to mind but is basically a converted courier van.

    • lorraine

      I would like to have a look at it as it read as just what im looking for ,big boot and a sliding doors bring it to Australia

  • Aus_poppa

    After driving thousands of km in Europe in Citroen Picasso – first model – and Renault Scenic, and now the owner of a Mercedes B180 diesel, I believe that these tallish hatches are what most people really need. Have you ever ridden in a Ford S-Max? Now there is one seriously large car – inside, but not outside.

    We can only hope that the coming of Opel will see the return of the Zafira and that someone at Ford will bring in the C Max, which is unlikely as the Kuga is about as adventurious as we are likely to get.