New B-Max arrives in SA: Prices, gallery

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 FORD'S NEW MAV: Ford's new MAV, the B-Max, as arrived locally powered by the automaker's award-winning 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine. Image: QuickPic

Ford’s new B-Max, launched in Gauteng, represents the automaker’s vision for a premium compact multi-activity vehicle (MAV).

Based on Ford’s global B-car platform, shared with the Fiesta, the B-Max boasts, the automaker says, "unobstructed entry with hinged front and sliding rear doors and integrates the traditional central pillar structure into the front and rear doors, rather than forming part of the bodyshell."

The new B-Max is available in three derivitives (Ambiente, Trend, Titanium) with a single engine choice – 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol.

AWARD-WINNING ECOBOOST

All the B-Max versions are powered by Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine tuned to two different outputs; Fitted to the entry-level Ambiente, it produces 74kW, while in the Mid-range Trend and range-topping Titanium it delivers 92kW. Both versions have a peak torque of 170Nm.

GALLERY: 2015 Ford B-Max

Fuel consumption is rated at a claimed 4.9 litres/100km with emissions of 114 g/km for the 92kW versions.

The compact MAV is fitted with Ford’s Sync (voice-activated, in-car connectivity), Sony audio system, keyless entry, power start button, MyKey functionality, reversing camera and leather-trimmed upholstery (top of the range version).  

THE RANGE

The entry-level Ambiente has steel rims, power windows (front and rear with one-touch operation), power steering, manual aircon with pollen filter and immobiliser is fitted. The new B-Max is equipped with a six-speaker audio system with Sync, Bluetooth steering wheel controls, USB and Aux.

The Trend derivative adds a Thatcham anti-theft alarm, Ford’s MyKey functionality, parking sensors, a secondary 12-volt power socket, trip computer, Eco-Mode, eight-speaker audio linked to a 4.2” TFT colour screen and cruise control.

Externally, the Trend is distinguished by the addition of 15” alloy rims, front fog lights and colour-coded elements.

The range-topping Titanium has a power start button, leather trim, heatable front seats (with lumbar support and built-in armrests), auto climate control, a multifunction steering wheel, auto-dimming rear view mirror, LEDs, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, rear privacy glass, parking sensors and sunroof.

SO, WHAT’S UNIQUE?

The B-Max has an aperture of more than 1.5m wide courtesy of Ford’s easy access door system. Its 60/40 split rear seats can be folded flat with a simple "one-hand, one-motion" mechanism, reports Ford. The front passenger seat can also be folded.

Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver knee), ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist, electronic stability programme, hill assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Prices:
B-Max 1.0 EcoBoost Ambiente - R221 900
B-Max 1.0 EcoBoost Trend - R246 900
B-Max 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium - R271 900

Options:
Metallic Paint - R 750

The B-Max is sold with a four-year or 120 000km warranty, four-year or 60 000km service plan, three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 20 000km.