Ford’s Killing Off The B-Max To Make Way For More Crossovers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (without an SUV crawling over it) for the past decade or so, it should come as no surprise that crossovers are quickly pushing minivans out of the market. And now they’ve apparently claimed one more casualty.

Word has it that Ford is discontinuing production of the B-Max in order to make way for more crossovers – specifically the recently revised EcoSport. This according to Automarket, a site based in Romania where the B-Max is made, and brought to our attention by Motor1.com.

Introduced in 2012, the B-Max slots beneath the C-Max and S-Max in Ford’s European lineup of minivans. It’s based on the same sixth-generation Fiesta platform as the EcoSport, but hasn’t been selling nearly as well, as even the European market veers more towards rugged crossovers and away from bulbous minivans.

The second-gen EcoSport also launched in 2012 and has been produced in locations around the world, including Brazil, Russia, China, Thailand, and India. The addition of local production in Romania ought to help the mini crossover take a greater market share in Europe, while the model is introduced to the US market next year following its debut in facelifted form at the LA Auto Show last year.

The EcoSport’s supplanting of the B-Max essentially mirrors (albeit on a smaller scale) the developments in America of over a decade ago, when the Ford Windstar/Freestar was phased out in favor of the Flex crossover.

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  • Rares

    Goodbye B-Max we will miss you
    R.I.P
    Ford B-Max
    2012-2017

    • YUDHA BAGASKARA

      too many deaths right now
      b-max design is basically carried over from pre faceliften previous fiesta

      • Rares

        What do you mean it looks like a fiesta

        • YUDHA BAGASKARA

          interior looks like 2008-12 fiesta

          • haudit

            The EcoSport’s original interior looked like the 2008 Fiesta, but had the build quality of a 1980s Escort.

  • Luc Helterbrand

    That is a real shame. The B-Max is a clever yet practical design and much more aesthetically appealing than the awkward EcoSport which is just another basic CUV pretender. I guess the bean counters are the only ones who matter to the corporate greed at the top of the food chain.

    • Miknik

      Unfortunately, in vast majority of cases, these compact MPVs are more clever/sophisticated designs than their CUV siblings, yet the CUVs sell at considerably higher prices in bigger numbers, so ultimately it is a decision to offer what the market wants.

      However I also must say that ultimately these small B-segment MPVs (this, Meriva, and already killed of Renault Modus or Fiat Idea) ultimately are too small that any MPV magic could actually create enough space for a proper family, if you are a Family on a budget, usually a C-segment estate car or especially likes of a Citroen Berlingo get the job done better for roughly the same money.

      These vehicles mostly sold to pensioners, that like to sit up high, and make zero use of trick rear seats, foldable tables or any other party pieces these offer over a EcoSport/Captur/Mokka, so they can buy the “cooler” CUV right away…

  • haudit

    The EcoSport won’t make any real impact in Europe until they introduce a genuinely new, European-developed model. The current car is far too crude and unsophisticated to be taken seriously against the likes of the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Nissan Juke.

  • no25

    Wow, didnt realize this was where Hyundai got inspired for its new interiors

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