New Ford S-MAX available to order with host of new technologies & engines
The new model also marks the introduction of new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and 207bhp bi-turbo 2.0-litre TDCi engines, with CO2 emissions reduced by up to 7%.
Priced from £24,545, the new seven-seat model is based on the Mondeo platform and brings a sleek and sporty profile with a lower roofline, slim-line lights and a more dynamic stance.
It will also be the first Ford worldwide to offer Intelligent Speed Limiter, a new technology that scans traffic signs and adjusts the throttle to help drivers stay within legal speed limits and avoid fines.
The technology combines the functionality of two Ford technologies: Adjustable Speed Limiter, which enables drivers to manually set a maximum vehicle speed, and Traffic Sign Recognition, which provides drivers with the latest detected speed limit, cancellation signs and overtaking restrictions via the instrument cluster display. In vehicles equipped with onboard navigation, Intelligent Speed Limiter also uses map data for improved accuracy.
Intelligent Speed Limiter allows drivers to set a speed tolerance of up to 5mph above the detected speed limit. The system does not apply the brakes but smoothly controls engine torque by electronically adjusting the amount of fuel delivered. If the S-MAX overruns the set maximum speed because of a downhill gradient, an alarm is sounded. Drivers can temporarily override the system by pressing firmly on the accelerator.
Other new technologies include Glare-Free Highbeam, which retains maximum illumination for other areas. The technology works in conjunction with Ford Dynamic LED headlights with Adaptive Front Lighting System, which can adjust the headlight beam angle and intensity to one of seven settings according to speed, ambient light, steering angle, distance to the vehicle in front and windscreen wiper activation.
A further new development is the Ford Adaptive Steering, which will make it easier to manoeuvre at low speeds and in tight spaces, and provides a more precise and intuitive feel at high speeds.
The S-MAX also debuts new safety technologies, including the Front Split View Camera, which displays in the cockpit the 180-degree view from a camera installed within the grille.
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection technology also is first to segment. This system is designed to detect people in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path, and can automatically apply the brakes if a potential collision is detected and the driver does not respond to warnings.
Pre-Collision Assist scans ahead for vehicles, too, and if an imminent collision is detected it can automatically apply up to full braking force to help the driver mitigate or avoid many types of rear-end collision.
The all-new S-MAX also features technologies that make parking easier, including Perpendicular Parking, Park-Out Assist, Side Parking Aid and Cross Traffic Alert.
Further driver assistance technologies offered with the new S-MAX include Blind Spot Information System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keeping Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control and Driver Alert.
The S-MAX also sees the introduction of Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for the first time alongside new powertrains, including Ford’s new fuel-efficient 158bhp 1.5-litre EcoBoost with manual transmission. This uses integrated exhaust manifold technology to improve efficiency along with the core EcoBoost technologies of turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing alongside a new aluminium engine block.
Other petrol engines include Ford’s 237bhp 2.0-litre EcoBoost with 6-speed automatic transmission.
The diesel line-up sees the introduction of Ford’s new bi-turbo 2.0-litre TDCi engine. Offering 207bhp and 332lb.ft of torque, delivered from 2,000rpm, the new engine is offered with Ford’s six-speed PowerShift automatic gearbox and uses electronically-controlled sequential bi-turbo design for faster engine response.
In addition, Ford’s revised 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine with single variable geometry turbocharger technology is offered with 118bhp, 148bhp and 178bhp. Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, all three variants will offer 56.5mpg fuel efficiency and 129g/km CO2 emissions.
The 148bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre TDCi S-MAX models will be offered with Ford’s six-speed PowerShift automatic gearbox and are available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, which also enables towing up to 2,000kg.
Other changes include Ford’s new integral link rear suspension, designed to significantly improve refinement and ride quality – in particular for rear seat passengers.
And drivers can now tailor their seating position using power adjustment function for steering column reach and rake, and driver’s seat memory function. A heated steering wheel is also offered for the first time.
Interior features also include an optional driver-facing 10-inch digital screen with animated analogue-style instrumentation along with an eight-inch high-resolution touchscreen in the centre console that enables drivers to control Ford SYNC 2 with Voice Control to operate phone, entertainment, climate and navigation systems.
And the S-MAX will for the first time be offered with the Hands-Free Liftgate that can be opened or closed using a kicking motion beneath the rear bumper. Customers will also be able to specify Ford’s Electric Retractable Tow Bar with Trailer Sway Control.
First deliveries of the new model are due in the summer.