While it may have walked away from the classic – and fast-shrinking — minivan market, Ford is betting big on the growing “people-mover” niche, with an all-new offering set to make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
The Ford B-Max will be the smallest in the fast-growing array of minivan alternatives from the Dearborn maker, slotting in beneath the C-Max, S-Max and Flex.
Geneva show-goers might get a sense of déjà vu when Ford CEO Alan Mulally lifts the covers next month. A concept version of the Ford B-Max appeared on the PALExpo stage last year. This image offers the first look at the production version.
Ford’s people-movers have, in general, delivered a surprising amount of room in a small package. To further enhance the functionality of the new B-Max, the maker has removed the traditional B-Pillars between front and rear doors – they become part of the doors themselves. With the reverse-opening latest of the rear portals that makes for a positively cavernous opening that eases the way if you’re loading in oversized cargo.