The Ford B-Max will become a production car, where it will sit below the larger Ford C-Max in the Blue Oval’s people carrier line up.
The B-Max is based on the same platform as the Ford Fiesta and features an update to Ford’s kinetic styling – designed to make the car look like it is in motion even when it was stationary.
However, it is 11cm taller than the supermini to allow extra head room in the rear for passengers.
One of the more noticeable features of the new five-door B-Max is the introduction of rear sliding doors for the rear seats, allowing easier access in busy city car parks.
The B-Max concept does not have a B-pillar, increasing visibility for the driver and giving the sides a sleeker, more modern look.
At the front of the car, Ford has introduced a large, prominent grille which gives way to a panoramic windscreen and glass roof to create a more open effect in the cabin.
Inside, Ford has demonstrated some of its new technology in the B-Max, including the new SYNC technology which allows voice control of several features, including the entertainment system, satellite navigation and other devices connected via Bluetooth.
“With its highly popular S-MAX and Galaxy, and more recently the all-new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, Ford has a proven history of bringing innovation and style to the multi-activity vehicle market,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.
“The new B-MAX signals that Ford is ready to bring the same bold thinking to the small car market. With its unique door format and dynamic design, the B-MAX sends a strong message that customers looking for a compact, stylish and versatile vehicle will soon have an exciting new choice.”
Ford has suggested the three-cylinder Ford EcoBoost petrol engine complete with Auto-Start-Stop to reduce CO2 emissions.
The 1.0-litre engine is the latest in Ford’s EcoBoost range, which currently comprises a 1.6- and 2.0-litre option.
The Ford B-Max will lead to a production car before being released in the UK.