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New Ford S-Max unveiled

  • Ford reveals first details of new S-Max
  • CO2 emissions reduced by 7 percent
  • Latest kit should appeal to user choosers

Making its debut at the Paris Motor Show, Ford has revealed its all new S-Max for 2015. The people carrier boasts plenty of new features, plus promises economical engines, a great driving experience and plenty of equipment.

Ford’s diesel offerings for the S-Max will have their emissions reduced by an anticipated 7 percent. Despite this, the 2-litre diesels will remain powerful, making them a cost-effective choice for company car drivers. The 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol Ecoboost powerplants will also be available from launch.

Ford claims to have created the sports activity vehicle niche with the original S-Max, being one the first truly practical vehicles that looked good and was fun to drive. It’s clear that the new car has the same considerations at its core; particularly now the S-Max has been designed with Ford’s ‘Global Design Language’ in mind. The car looks exciting; with sleek lines, LED daytime running lights and a panoramic glass roof as standard. The styling will certainly appeal to image-conscious user choosers.

Ford is also touting the new S-Max as having the driving experience to befit the car’s sporty design. The handling has been improved with Adaptive Front Steering that makes the steering precise at higher speeds, and more agile at low speeds for negotiating tight parking spots.

Not that you’d notice when parking as the S-Max includes Park Assist as standard which can park the car in both parallel and bay spaces. In addition, the car can now extract itself from tight spaces automatically too. This is but one new technological advancement on the S-Max. Key features that will appeal to company car drivers are the introduction of Ford’s SYNC 2 voice recognition system, and driver fatigue reduction technologies.

SYNC 2 will enable drivers to use voice commands to control the multimedia system. This will even find you a restaurant and help you book a table there, play your favourite song and set the temperature hands-free, among other things. The interior has received a user-friendly upgrade too, with Ford promising the S-Max will reduce driving fatigue with a leg-massaging function, enhanced climate control settings and a quieter cabin.

Safety features have not been overlooked by Ford’s tech team either, with the car boasting an array of 'sixth sense' technology. Pre-collision assist is the biggest development, alongside lane departure and traffic sign recognition.

All this should make the S-Max a strong choice for a company car. It packs plenty of useful technology and promises to be comfortable, stylish and economical. Not forgetting of course that this is a very family friendly vehicle, available in five- and seven-seat flavours with 32 loadspace combinations.