Taking its cue from the Vignale Concept unveiled in Milan during April 2014, the second-generation Ford S-MAX bears the good looks seen in all the recently launched models from the Blue Oval and has a noticeably more upmarket and premium feel inside.
The popular seven-seat MPV is said to have a more dynamic and fuel efficient driving performance than ever before – thanks to a new chassis, new engines, and the choice of four-wheel drive – and an even more practical, comfortable and spacious interior.
The new chassis is slightly lower than before, although it is the same size as the previous generation car, and the front suspension has been redesigned while a new integral link rear suspension has been used. More swept back lines, less glass, and a more aggressive-looking front end make more of an impact. Sharing a platform with the upcoming Mondeo means sharper steering, with more agile, responsive handling.
Petrol engines will include a fuel-efficient 1.5-litre EcoBoost producing 158bhp and 2.0-litre EcoBoost producing 237bhp. The 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines provide a choice of 118bhp, 148bhp or 178bhp, with a six-speed dual-clutch Powershift automatic gearbox option for both the 148bhp and 178bhp versions.
Inside the second and third rows are improved with power-folding seats, separate air conditioning, and side airbags, as premium materials have been used to make the space feel more luxurious and sophisticated.
The latest Ford technology includes the SYNC 2 infotainment system, dynamic LED headlamps with glare-free highbeam, a digital instrument panel, electric parking brake, a hands-free tailgate (as seen in the Kuga), Adaptive Steering, Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System, Lane-keeping System, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and more. There are even heated and cooled contoured seats that offer an Active Motion massage function.