The all-new seven-seater Ford S-Max has been unveiled, ahead of its launch next summer and Paris Motor Show debut next month.
It has pretty much the same footprint as the current MPV, although it is an all-new model. Ford have given it the pseudo Aston Martin nose which seemed work well on Fiesta several years ago but somehow does not suit the S-Max.
The new S-Max will have the underpinnings of the new Mondeo and will include Adaptive Front Steering to ensure it remains ‘best in class’ in the handling stakes. There will also be the availability of all-wheel-drive, a first for the S-Max.
The S-Max will available in either five or seven-seat configurations, and will incorporate Easy-Fold seats, which can be folded flat from the push of a button. The rear seats have been improved incorporating a contour design to improve comfort. Driver’s are catered for with option of powered seats with massaging option and a powered steering column, depending on spec.
The S-Max will be offered with the choice of a 1.5-litre EcoBoost 160PS or a 2.0 petrol EcoBoost 240PS engine and there will be a revised 2.0-litre TDCi diesel line-up, promising low CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy.
On the tech front there are adaptive LED headlights with glare-free higbeam, hands-free tailgate operation, pre-collision-assist, park assist with parallel and perpendicular auto parking, front-split-camera to aid vision at junctions and when pulling out of parking spaces, and a traffic sign recognition system that can automatically limit the top speed the S-MAX to that of speed limit sign.Published 17 September 2014