Ford has taken the covers off its new B-Max compact MPV that’s set to debut next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The vehicle, which is based on Fiesta running-gear, is primarily targeted at European buyers meaning we're unlikely to see it sold in the U.S.

The B-Max is a brand new model for Ford, designed to fill the void below the upcoming C-Max and top-selling S-Max models in the automaker's MPV lineup.

It features the Blue Oval's latest 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which despite only having three cylinders develops up to 123 horsepower. A less powerful 98-horsepower engine will also be offered along with a range of diesel units.

One of the vehicle’s standout features is its new approach to door construction, which has resulted in wide-open access for drivers, passengers and luggage; with the center pillars integrated into the doors themselves.

An indicator that the tall-riding mini may eventually come to the U.S. was the sighting of several B-Max prototypes testing in Colorado during the car’s development. Another sign is that 2011’s B-Max Concept was shown with a gasoline engine. You'd expect such a tiny, Europe-influenced design to be packing diesel power, but it wasn’t.

Whatever Ford has in store for the B-Max should be revealed at the vehicle’s official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Press days for the event don’t commence until March 6, but you can follow our ongoing coverage via our dedicated show page.