The second-generation Ford S-MAX has been spied testing near the company’s testing facility in Michigan. The production seven-seater MPV was previewed by a concept revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year and will be based on the next Mondeo.
Despite the heavy camouflage, it is clear that the S-MAX will feature many key design elements featured on the concept (Ford has a fairly good track record in keeping the design of the production car faithful to the concept), although the roofline appears to have been raised slightly.
Out in front peeks the now-ubiquitous Aston Martin-esque front grille and swept back headlights, while the rear features arrow-shaped tail lights and dual trapezoidal exhaust pipes.
The range of petrol and diesel engines available with the S-MAX will be shared with the Mondeo. The main highlight of the range will be the new 1.5 litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that made its debut in the Chinese-market Mondeo last year. In that application the turbocharged mill produces 177 hp at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.
The production Ford S-MAX is expected to make its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show ahead of its market introduction in Europe early next year.