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Ford S-Max

Mon, 06 Feb 2006

Following the unveiling of the SAV concept at Geneva last year comes the production version, the S-MAX. Sharing much in common with the new Galaxy, the S-Max aims to have greater dynamic appeal and retain a closer connection with Ford of Europe's 'Kinetic Design' ethos. Differences include the dropping window-line that pushes back to form a triangular D-pillar and round fog lamps at the front. At the back there is now metal between the rear screen and lamps, while there is also a vent tucked in behind the front wheelarches.

Growing another couple of seats over the SAV concept, the seating layout is described as '5+2' with comfort focussed on the front two rows; the second now elevated by 64mm over the outgoing Galaxy for Land Rover-like 'stadium seating'. Given the more sporting pretensions of the S-MAX, engine options will include the 220PS 2.5-liter turbocharged unit from the Focus ST.