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2015-04-20 10:47

HEADED FOR SA: Ford's new B-Max will be available locally towards the end of 2015. Image: Quickpic

PRETORIA, Gauteng - Ford's new B-MAX is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in the third quarter of 2015. The automaker says its new multi-activity vehicle (MAV),  features "a unique design, superb fuel economy and unrivalled small-car technology".

Based on Ford’s global B-car platform, which underpins the Fiesta, the B-Max represents the company’s vision for a premium, compact MAV.

CRASH PROTECTION

Ford SA said: "The B-Max's Ford easy access door system, provides unobstructed entry and exit with hinged front doors and pillarless rear sliding doors, integrating the central body pillars into the doors rather than it being part of the body shell itself."

It has 60/40 split rear seats that can be folded flat with a simple “one-hand, one-motion” mechanism. Ford engineers developed innovative solutions to ensure the B-Max provides high levels of crash protection compared to vehicles with "a more conventional structure".

Though the line-up will be revealed closure to its local launch, the range will be powered by automaker's 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

OPEN WIDE: Easy access will make life easier when performing a school run or loading shopping.  Image: Quickpic

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