Ford S-Max 2nd gen MY-30

The second-generation Ford S-Max, which was spied last December alongside the third-generation Everest SUV on Malaysian roads, is set to be formally introduced very soon, but it’s already on show ahead of its debut – the CD539E is being displayed as a preview at both SDAC’s outlets in Petaling Jaya; I happened to chance upon the MPV when I went to check on a status of a parts order.

Like its predecessor, the first-gen S-Max, the new seven-seat MPV – which made its debut in Paris last year – is available in a solitary 2.0 litre EcoBoost guise, the 240 PS and 345 Nm SCTi unit essentially carried over unchanged from the CD340. The mill, which features auto start/stop, is paired with a SelectShift six-speed auto transmission.

The Malaysian car is a Titanium spec model, which is the mid-level variant in the UK market, and though the 17-inch wheel (and 235/55 aspect tyres) follow the trim’s configuration, the local car features a unique 10-spoke design unit.

Standard kit includes an eight-inch TFT touchscreen infotainment system with SYNC 2, a dual-zone electronic climate control system and rear AC vents, an electronic parking brake as well as a 10.1-inch colour TFT cluster display. An electro-mechanical remote seat fold release function is to be found for second- and third-row seating, and the second-row seats feature an aft adjustable seat track.

A number of otherwise optional items for the S-Max make their way on as standard equipment in the local car. A nine-speaker Sony audio system is one such bit, and replaces the standard eight-speaker Ford audio system found in the Titanium.

The presence of automatic front seat adjustment controls and leather seats on the display unit means that the Malaysian S-Max comes equipped with an optional Titanium X Pack. Aside from the full micro-perforated leather wrap and eight-way driver/eight-way front passenger seat adjustment, the pack brings along adaptive LED headlights with auto levelling.

The front seats also feature heater and cooling functions, and we’re told that an optional built-in massage function has been ticked, the function selectable via the eight-inch touchscreen. There’s no mention of a hands-free tailgate feature, so that is likely not on.

Safety kit includes front, driver’s knee, side and curtain airbags as well ESC, roll stability control, EBD, TCS, hill launch assist and lane departure warning and assist (here, called lane keeping alert/aid). While the UK market runs with nine exterior colour choices, only three are available for the S-Max here, these being Frozen White, Moondust Silver and Magnetic Grey.

Pricing, meanwhile, hasn’t been revealed, but an indicative figure is that the CD539E will retail around the RM230-240k mark, which is quite a bump up from the ask for the first-gen 240 PS variant. Guess we’ll know soon.