The 2015 Ford S-Max became official today and it is ready to set a new benchmark in the seven-seat sports activity vehicle segment. As expected, we will see this new vehicle next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and the design is not actually new as this is a production version of the S-Max Concept that Ford showed back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Ford says that its new S-Max debuts the Ford Adaptive Steering technology in Europe for optimized response to driver input. In addition, the new S-Max will be the global Ford model that will feature the Ford Dynamic LED Headlamps with Glare-Free Highbeam.
The interior will offer a sculpted centre console, aluminum accents, stadium style seating design and a full-length panoramic glass roof as well as smart design seats with thinner seat backs in order to provide more legroom.
Ford will offer the S-Max in five-seat or seven-seat configuration and thanks to the Easy-Fold system, each rear seat can be folded flat from a push-button control panel. Meanwhile, Easy-Entry second row seats provide one touch access to third row seating. Under the hood, we find a 2.0-liter TDCi diesel engine that produces 120 hp, bolted to a six-speed manual transmission.
Moreover, there is a revised 2.0-liter TDCi with manual or PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission that produces 150 hp or 180 hp.
S-Max will also receive the new fuel-efficient 1.5-liter EcoBoost petrol engine developing 160 hp and mated to a manual transmission but also a more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost with automatic transmission developing 240 hp. For the first time, Ford will offer the S-Max with its intelligent All-Wheel Drive, as an option of course.