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by Brett Davis

Ford has revealed details of the new 2013 Ford B-MAX Concept that the company will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show later this evening. The highlight of the B-MAX design is the absence of a B-pillar which provides easy access to the second row of seats.

The Ford B-MAX concept runs a small MPV layout showcasing sliding rear doors, so even though the car is quite small, access is made easy thanks to these van-like features. A large panoramic glass roof also provides a sense of largeness normally associated with much larger vans and MPVs.

Powering the B-MAX Concept is said to be a range of small, fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines. The smallest of the range will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, linked to a stop/start system. Official specifications of the powerplant are yet to be revealed. Martin Smith, executive design director at Ford Europe, said in statement leading up to the Geneva debut,

“With the B-MAX we set out to create a vehicle that captures the spirit of a smaller S-MAX, we wanted to show that a small car could be very spacious and practical inside, while still having the sleek, dynamic appearance that has made the S-MAX so popular.”

Although the Ford B-MAX will be revealed as a concept model, reports say it will be a model that is likely to join the Ford European line-up sometime in 2013.

We’ll be sure to provide more information on the B-MAX as soon as it is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, later this evening.