2012 Ford B-Max prices revealed

The five-seat people carrier, notable for its sliding rear doors for easier access to the rear seats, will cost up to £18,895 for top-level versions in the UK.

The Ford Fiesta-based MPV will come with a choice of three equipment levels including entry-level Studio, mid-range Zetec and range-topping Titanium.

Ford B-Max Studio models will cost from £12,995 and come with a 1.4-litre 90PS petrol engine. Standard equipment on the new Ford B-Max includes tyre pressure monitoring, electronic stability control and front, side, knee and curtain airbags.

The most popular option is expected to be the Ford B-Max Zetec, which comes with a choice of three petrol engines and a single 1.5-litre diesel along with a choice of manual or automatic transmission.

The petrol engines include a 1.0-litre 100PS EcoBoost, the 1.4-litre available with Studio and a 105PS 1.6-litre petrol.

The Ford B-Max Zetec adds 15″ alloy wheels, fog lights, leather trim for the steering wheel, air conditioning, a DAB radio and CD player, Bluetooth and heated windscreen to the standard Studio specification.

At the top of the range the Ford B-Max Titanium includes the new 1.0-litre, 120PS EcoBoost petrol engine and a powerful 1.6-litre 95PS diesel.

The Ford B-Max will not come with a road tax-free option like the Ford Fiesta but the smaller, 1.6-litre diesel delivers 104g/km of CO2 emissions to qualify for free road tax in the first year and £35 in subsequent years.

Ford B-Max Titanium specification includes Ford SYNC which includes voice control and a touch-screen for the infotainment centre.

It also adds cruise control, heated seats, carpet floor mats, 16″ alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers and gloss grille surrounds to add a premium level of specification to the B-Max.

The new 2012 Ford B-Max MPV will be available to order later in the year and the first models will arrive in Ford UK showrooms in September.