Spied: 2013 Ford B-Max

But while Ford is keeping its B-MAX mules disguised with Fiesta bodywork, the eventual look of the production car is no longer a secret. As our picture gallery shows, the B-MAX was unveiled as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, where it was confirmed that the car will go on sale early in 2012, priced around £13,000.

Set to replace the slow selling Ford Fusion, the production version of this car gets a design inspired by the latest Ford Focus, including a distinctive trapezoidal front grille and bold looking headlamps.

However, it's the B-MAX's innovative pillarless design and sliding doors which give this car it's unique character, as well as a massive side opening of up to 1.5 meters. The design promises make the B-MAX one of the most practical and versatile cars in its class.

Despite this huge entry space, the B-MAX should remain an easy car to drive around town. While the finished version will be both taller and wider than the Fiesta on which it is based, it will be just 110mm longer - meaning tight parking spaces should prove no problem.

Under the bonnet, the car will feature Ford's new EcoBoost petrol engine range, the highlight of which will be the new 1-litre, three-cylinder unit with fuel economy of up to 70mpg.

Inside, the cabin will feature seats for five, and flat-folding rear chairs. A panoramic sunroof will be offered as an optional extra, as will leather seats with colour coded stitching.

Drivers can also look forward to an upmarket cabin, complete with the funtionality of the Ford Focus derived "MyFordTouch" in car technology. This combines the latest entertainment, navigation and phone technologies, as well as a customisable instrument panel.

Top specification cars will even offer advanced technologies like automatic reverse parking systems, and intelligent cruise control - bringing executive car technologies to the supermini class for the first time. For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express

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