S-Max Concept gets new Ford face has it makes its show debut at the Frankfurt motor show
10 September 2013

The new Ford S-Max concept has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show today giving a hefty clue to the production version of the svelte-looking MPV that will replace the currently seven-year-old Ford S-Max next year.

Most recent Ford concepts have used variations on the Iosis naming theme, or latterly the Evos name. This latest concept uses a production car tag - suggesting the design is close to the final version, even though the concept is constructed from composites and individually scanned prototype parts.

The S-Max has always been what Ford design director Martin Smith describes as a “white space” car, one which occupies a previously unidentified market sector. “We invented the sporty MPV,” he says, “and it brought new customers to Ford – the sort of people who won't drive a Galaxy or an estate car. Customers have described the current S-Max as sporting and dynamic, with a ‘dart-like’ profile, so we've set about building more of that into the next generation.

“We want to tell the world we've understood the market. It retains the distinctive shape of the rear window glass, but it has the new face of Ford and more pronounced rear shoulders.”

The S-Max has captured buyers from premium brands, with up to 70 per cent of buyers opting for the expensive Titanium trim. The new concept exploits this with a theme of 'modern luxury'. 

Taking inspiration from themes at the last Milan Furniture Fair, it uses warm, dark, brown colours, metal finishes which change from matt to polished in the same components, and “remarkably expensive” silk carpeting.

The S-Max Concept majors on four sumptuous seats, with a fifth, centre-rear seat folding flat into the floor to create a walk-through cabin. It also features a Ford Sync system able to monitor the occupants' health via heart-rate and glucose sensors in the seats. 

Power would come from a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, part of a new family developed from the 1.0-litre triple.

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28 August 2013

Ridiculously geeky comment I know, but I love the very narrow C pillars.  Is there any chance those will make production, Mr Simister?

It looks lovely, for a people carrier, but I can't help but think that the concept misses the point of the S-Max completely if Ford really meant "The S-Max Concept majors on four sumptuous seats" to be the USP.  Buy a C-Max or B-Max if that's all you want. 

The USP is that it is the best driving (& looking?) true seven seater you can buy.

28 August 2013

'We invented the sporty MPV'

 

I thought the sporty MPV concept was done before, namely the Honda Stream and the Zafira VXR. The S-Max might be the best but it was not the first!

28 August 2013

How annoying is that Audis ad' banner when you try looking at the S Max photos! I want to see the S Max not some pretentious creeps Audi - those ad's cover about 30% of the photos! Remove them Autocar they're so rubbish!

28 August 2013

Looks really good. If the actual car looks like this, then it will be one good looking car. The current smax has dated very well, except the interior. This looks to improve on that

vava1 wrote:

How annoying is that Audis ad' banner when you try looking at the S Max photos! I want to see the S Max not some pretentious creeps Audi - those ad's cover about 30% of the photos! Remove them Autocar they're so rubbish!

no idea about Audi banners. Perhaps you have a virus or unwanted spyware. Or alternatively, if you use chrome, get an app called Adblock. 

28 August 2013

superstevie wrote:

get an app called Adblock. 

I use Firefox and they have an adblock add-on, works a treat on Autocar. I know it's free and they have to advertise but I've found it more annoying recently so decided to block..

This S-MAX concept looks really nice, can't see it looking too different when it arrives next year.


28 August 2013

Ford Design meeting. "How about we take the Fiesta front end and graft it on to the S-Max rear and call it a concept!"

28 August 2013

Provide a 4wd option and I'll also jump ship from a 'premium' brand. Does anyone else find it frustrating that the only "4wd x seven seat x three seats on the second row" option is a LR4 which weighs in more than Hattie Jacques?

28 August 2013

Merod wrote:

Provide a 4wd option and I'll also jump ship from a 'premium' brand. Does anyone else find it frustrating that the only "4wd x seven seat x three seats on the second row" option is a LR4 which weighs in more than Hattie Jacques?

not that these are lightweights, but the Q7, XC90, range rover sport, all have 7 seats. Don't Nissan do the qashqai in four wheel drive and 7 seats? outlander, Santa Fe, and sorento all 7 sweaters too.

i do get your point though, that they don't do four wheel drive people carriers. Guess there's just not the demand. 

29 August 2013

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29 August 2013

superstevie wrote:

Merod wrote:

Provide a 4wd option and I'll also jump ship from a 'premium' brand. Does anyone else find it frustrating that the only "4wd x seven seat x three seats on the second row" option is a LR4 which weighs in more than Hattie Jacques?

not that these are lightweights, but the Q7, XC90, range rover sport, all have 7 seats. Don't Nissan do the qashqai in four wheel drive and 7 seats? outlander, Santa Fe, and sorento all 7 sweaters too.

i do get your point though, that they don't do four wheel drive people carriers. Guess there's just not the demand. 

 

Three seats on the second row? I think not. 

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