LONDON – The production version of the Ford B-Max small minivan has kept its pillarless design to offer a 1.5-meter wide opening into the car's cabin.
The B-Max will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March and stays faithful to the concept revealed at the same show last year.
The lack of a B-pillar combined with rear sliding doors gives clear access to the cabin when both the front and rear doors are opened.
"It's a brand new car that responds to the needs of an increasing number of customers who want much more from their small cars," Ford of Europe CEO Stephen Odell said in a statement.
European sales of the B-Max start early autumn. Ford will not sell the model in the United States. It says the B-Max would be too expensive for the U.S. market and it might cannibalize Ford Fiesta and Ford C-Max sales there.
The B-Max is the first car to be built at Ford's new Craiova plant in southwestern Romania.
The factory also makes the company's frugal new 1-liter Ecoboost turbocharged gasoline engine, which debuts in the Ford Focus and will be fitted into the B-Max from November.