SPY SHOTS: Ford B-Max subcompact MPV caught on the road

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Pictured here is the all new 2013 Ford B-Max, based off of the Ford Fiesta platform.

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Previously, the concept variant of the B-Max had been shown off at 2011’s Geneva Auto Show, as Ford’s new competitor for the Opel Meriva. This new round of pictures is the first set that have been captured of the production version of the European market mini-MPV.

Luckily, it appears that Ford has not strayed too far from the original concept that was shown off. The sliding rear doors, in particular, will be very useful, and are sure to help this become a spaceous alternative choice to the Fiesta and Focus for those who want something a little more practical, especially customers with children or simply those who want more cargo space but the same amount of car.

Engine choices will include a 1.0 liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged Ecoboost. Will Ford bring this little people mover to America? Right now, there has been no word, but Ford trademarked the B-Max name in America, as well as the phrase “easy access door system” which seems to refer to the sliding doors on this little MPV. The B-Max will be built at Ford’s plant in Romania, where the Transit Connect is currently built, but if they decide to bring this one to America, it could easily be built at the Fiesta plant in Mexico.

Ford will most likely bring this model to Mexico and the rest of Latin America, where there is a bigger market for smaller MPVs, but if they brought it to America too, they would have a huge opportunity to steal sales from small MPV-like hatchbacks such as the Nissan Versa and the Honda Fit.

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Expect word to come later on from Ford as to whether this will hit American shores or not, but if it does, it will be a pretty big seller.

Source: http://www.speedlux.com/ford-b-max-production-version-spied-for-the-first-time-spy-shots/

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