The announcement of the presentation at the IFA in Berlin on September 6 and the salon Frankfurt a new concept Ford also augured well for the arrival of a new model. And indeed, the next renewal program of the American manufacturer in Europe is none other than the S-Max.
As the eldest, the S-Max second generation will debut in concept form. Or rather to show-because both lines of this new S-Max appear to be close to the version of series will be launched during 2014. The success of the outgoing model not pushed by Ford at the audacity. The second generation is quite conservative and resumes the previous volumes, combined with the latest developments in Ford style. Especially visible changes on the front with the large chrome grille.
Inside, the S-Max will continue to offer three rows of seats, with a third on the concept that uses a slim design for easy implementation. The second row is emerging as a 2+1, with central headquarters folds to provide more ease to the passengers’ side. The dashboard is in turn in line with that of the Mondeo. More refine and smooth than those of the lower ranges (Fiesta, C-Max, Focus …).
Under the hood of the concept, not hybridization or specific technology. That here also reflects the proximity of the standard version. We find the 1.5-liter Ecoboost of 177 hp appeared a few months ago on the Mondeo in certain markets (of course not in Europe where it is still not sold …). An engine associated with a dual-clutch controlled via a knob instead of a conventional lever.
Ford wanted to put forward new technologies connected to the latter concept. We probably know more in a few days, but the S-Max already confirms the SYNC system but also MyFord Touch, as well as some new features in terms of driving aids and safety. Starting with a vehicle to vehicle communication system, a warning of risk of collision with pedestrian detection.
Focus of these developments, the seat that measures heart rate and who is capable via SYNC put in touch with medical experts, but also to allow driving aids to hand over the driving if driver feel unwell. At the rear, the safety of the children is not forgotten with a measure of their glucose levels to alert parents of a possible crisis of blood glucose during the sugar nap.