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The covers have been pulled off the new 2015 Ford S-MAX ahead of its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month. The second generation of Ford’s low-slung seven-seater MPV was previewed by a concept at Frankfurt last year.

An evolution of the outgoing model’s design, the styling of the new car has stayed relatively faithful to the earlier concept, with Ford’s now familiar Aston Martin-esque grille, swept-back headlights, small fender vents aft of the front wheels, teardrop-shaped side window profile and wide tail lights.

The only major changes are the addition of door handles, more production-friendly side mirrors, smaller wheels and more conventional front and rear fascias that replace the concept’s chrome-heavy units.

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Inside, the more fantastical features such as the Citroën-like tall windscreen and the gear selector that appears to be nicked from a Jaguar have been dispensed with. It’s still very familiar, however, with a sporty-looking three-spoke steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster and a tall centre console with a large central screen flanked by slim air vents.

New features include adaptive steering, power-folding second- and third-row seats, a hands-free tailgate activated by waving a foot under the rear bumper (as seen on the Kuga), an electrically-adjustable steering column and even heated and ventilated massage seats.

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Safety-wise, the S-MAX now comes with second-row side airbags, perpendicular automated parking, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and automated braking.

Engine options have not been finalised, but they are expected to be a 2.0 litre TDCi diesel with 118 hp, 148 hp and 177 hp outputs, as well as Ford’s new 1.5 litre EcoBoost petrol four with 158 hp and a range-topping 2.0 litre EcoBoost petrol with 237 hp. A six-speed manual and PowerShift dual clutch transmissions will be offered, as well as four-wheel drive for the first time.