Arriving on the heels of last year’s S-Max Concept, the new model debuts as a successor to the current model that first appeared in 2006.
As with that first-generation model, this new S-Max is expected to be kept from Australian showrooms, with European sales expected to begin in early 2015.
Styling for the new model builds on Ford’s recently refreshed styling language, with a large Aston-like grille and sweptback headlights dominating the front end.
The bulk of the seven-seater’s design remains loyal to its concept progenitor, with the show car’s rising belt line, tapered roof and wing-like tail-lights all transitioning neatly to production.
Mechanically, the new S-Max shares its platform with the coming new Mondeo, again repeating the formula of its predecessor.
Features with the new people mover include an advanced parking assistant that can drive into parallel and perpendicular parking spots, along with rear cross traffic alert, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring and auto braking.
Powertrains are still to be confirmed, but reports point to 87kW and 132kW 2.0 litre turbodiesel engines matched to six-speed manual and auto transmissions.
Ford’s 117kW 1.5 litre turbocharged engine is expected, along with a top-shelf 176kW 2.0 litre turbo.
Could we see the S-Max in Australia?
Ford's ageing Territory offers a seven-seat layout and the carmaker is unlikely to leap on any model that could take sales away from an Australian-made model.
If the second-generation S-Max does come to Australia, it would enter the family below the much larger Everest 4WD.
It's more likely however that Ford's next-generation Edge SUV, revealed in June, will be the Territory's replacement.
But, as a five-seat only option, the Edge may sit alongside the seven-seat S-Max in a soft-roading pair positioned below the likewise seven-seat Everest.
Watch for more details to come at the Paris Motor Show next month.
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