Ford of Europe has revealed the new Ford S-MAX Concept. The design study intends to reveal the brand’s vision for future sport activity vehicles.
“When Ford unveiled the Sport Activity Vehicle Concept in 2005 it immediately captured the public’s imagination and inspired us to produce today’s S-MAX, a true white space vehicle,” said Barb Samardzich, Product Development vice president, Ford of Europe. “Our new S-MAX Concept takes that unique appeal to the next level with Ford’s latest design and technology innovations for a new generation.”
The new S-MAX Concept employs the latest Ford global design language with a high mounted grille, swept-back headlamps and a lower fascia that incorporates design elements which are styled to appear as if floating within the lower front aperture and above the spoiler.
The characteristic S-MAX profile has been further refined with the front bonnet sweeping into the sharply raked front screen, which in turn flows into the arc of the roof to create the glass graphic. This silhouette surrounds an interior that offers four to seven-seat configurations.
“S-MAX drivers are passionate and have high expectations – they see their S-MAX as a one-of-a-kind vehicle,” said Martin Smith, executive design director, Ford of Europe. “Our mission was to exceed their expectations in every area while respecting the core of what they love about the S-MAX.”
Further exterior design cues include a feature line running along the flank to create an impression of length and speed, broadened shoulders, and headlamps featuring Organic LEDs – the latest lighting that offers improved flexibility in terms of positioning and design, fast response and colour range according to Ford’s designers.
On the inside, shapes and forms combine in a high-set instrument panel that cuts back in the centre console for added space. Dual-View Display in the centre console shows different images to the driver and passenger using the same screen, ensuring the driver receives relevant information without being distracted, while the passenger can enjoy a movie at the same time. The interior roof design increases the feeling of spaciousness.
“The fine detailing and visible craftsmanship in areas such as the instrument panel air vents reward the driver,” said Smith. “Each and every element of the interior stands up to close inspection with intricate and thoroughly considered design.”
Thin Seat Technology is employed in the third row of seats, enabling the seats to be raised and lowered in a single action with reduced effort. The second row’s centre seat folds into the vehicle‘s floor for added practicality.
Underneath, the S-MAX Concept’s powertrain features the all-new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine from Bridgend Plant, S Wales, with turbocharging and twin-independent variable camshaft timing.
“The new S-MAX Concept is not only a unique proposition in terms of its uncompromised styling, versatility and driver-focused dynamics, but also through its innovative technologies delivering superior safety, well-being and seamless integrated connectivity,” said Pim van der Jagt, executive technical leader, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.