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Ford S-Max concept

Wed, 28 Aug 2013

Ford has released details of its S-Max concept ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

Building on the success of the current-generation S-Max, the concept (surely more a pre-production show car than a true concept) continues the low, long and sporty twist on the SUV recipe that has made it such a hit in Europe. So it retains the monovolume outline with a soft transition from hood to windscreen and the tapered roofline.

If the themes are familiar to the outgoing car, so too are the new elements, shared with other recent Ford products, particularly its key grille and lamp graphics, as well as the 'muscles' above each wheel that fade over the strong, upward-rising belt line. A chrome highlight surrounds the greenhouse, which tapers backwards to a sharp point at the rear, which is echoed by a similar brightwork strip along the rocker.

The headlamps use OLEDs, which Ford says offers "greater flexibility in terms of positioning and design, fast response and color range".

The cabin appears to be more of a step forward for Ford, with a less frenetic theme than cars such as the Focus and C-Max, with far calmer IP volumes and a clearer, less cluttered layout. It also features an update to Ford's Sync infotainment system.

Color and trim features deep brown fabrics along with light grey, used on the leather scalloped seats that feature carbon fiber detailing. It apparently also features an innovative rooflining design to maximize space.

Gallery: Ford S-Max concept >