The model does not incorporate the central body pillar (B-pillar) that you would normally find running from floor to ceiling between the front and rear passenger side windows.
Ford was good enough to show us the first images and details of the new B-Max last week, but one of the more interesting features was hidden. The model does not incorporate the central body pillar (B-pillar) normally found running from floor to ceiling between the front and rear doors.
This latest image that has just been released shows feature in full view. Ford calls it "Easy Door Access System."
Interestingly, the B-pillar has not been removed completely. It is still required to create a strong stable body, so Ford has engineered the car to have the pillars integrated into the doors.
"Door systems like this have been a designer's dream for many years," said Stefan Lamm, exterior design director, Ford of Europe. "We have taken the concept from an idea on a designer's sketch pad, to a stylish and versatile product on the showroom floor."
"We set ourselves the challenge of re-imagining the small car," he added. "People are struggling with the spatial challenges of city driving and we wanted to find a new solution."
It results in a 1.5-meter wide unobstructed opening that cannot be matched by any of the American company's rivals current offerings.
The 2013 Ford B-Max will be unveiled the the Geneva Motor Show next month before sales begin across Europe in the summer.