Ford has officially unveiled the second generation S-MAX ahead of its public debut during the Paris Motor Show.
Previewed by the S-MAX Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, the seven-seat MPV features many of the styling cues from the facelifted Focus and Fiesta. Notable changes compared to the outgoing model are the chrome trapezoidal radiator grille and the sculpted headlights.
Based on the latest Ford Mondeo, the new S-MAX comes with some new practical features like the segment’s first power-folding seats on the second and third rows and the hands-free boot lid, first seen on the Kuga. Ford has also equipped the vehicle with new side airbags at the back, an electronically adjusted steering column and heated and cooled massage front seats.
Details about the engine range are not officially confirmed yet, but the new S-MAX will likely be offered with a 118 bhp (80 kW) 2.0-liter TDCI diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The more powerful 148 bhp (110 kW) and 177 bhp (132 kW) versions of the same unit will be available with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
On the petrol side we find the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost with 158 bhp (118 kW) and the 237 bhp (177 kW) 2.0-liter EcoBoost. The MPV is expected to be offered with a four-wheel-drive for the first time.
Full details about the 2015 S-MAX will be released during the Paris Motor Show. Sales of the model will start from summer of 2015 at around 30,000 EUR (24,000 pounds).