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MPVs, or minivans if you don't like acronyms, come in all shapes and sizes these days and there's now a new protagonist among the most compact of these segments.
The all-new Ford B-Max is built upon Ford Fiesta underpinnings but aims to squeeze the maximum amount of interior space from these compact dimensions with its cab-forward design that results in a short bonnet and tall stance.
Ford calls it a multi-activity vehicle but given its lack of any real ground clearance or crossover capability, we'll just call it a mini-minivan for now.
It'll do that job well by the sound of things, with some features that make it especially versatile and user-friendly.
Among these are rear sliding doors, in which the B-pillars have been integrated to ensure 'wide open' access to the little school-run steed.
Ford has not released much other detail as yet, but promises that the B-Max will boast best-in-class technological features.
Beneath the stubby bonnet you'll find Ford's new 1-litre, three-cylinder Ecoboost turbopetrol engine or a range of Duratorq TDCi diesels.
The small petrol motor, recently released in the European Focus, offers output levels of 74kW and 92kW.
The MPV will go on sale in Europe later this year, where it will compete with the new Opel Meriva. We're still awaiting confirmation from Ford South Africa on its possible local release.
Well, the most similar vehicle in SA is the Citroen C3 Picasso, which costs around R233 000, with maybe the Livina (not grand) at under R200 000. So it will prob be priced R180 000 to R230 000. Everything else currently in SA is either based on old dinosaurs, or much bigger and therefore more expensive like the Scenic or Verso. But knowing Ford SA, this will never make it to SA, or appear a few years later like the Ka, Kuga etc
If it comes to SA the Honda Jazz would become redundant. Up until now the Jazz got away with its space. The B Max will beat the Jazz to a pulp
Bring it to SA only if it is between R150k and R200k
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