Ford has released the first images of its new S-Max concept, ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

While it is officially being referred to as a concept, much of the design will be carried over into the forthcoming showroom model.

Currently there is no confirmation on when a customer version will be made available, but Ford have confirmed that it will use a new 1.5-litre turbocharged Ecoboost petrol engine, which will likely be offered with a range of frugal diesel motors.

The exterior of the S-Max concept showcases a swept-back design, imparting a look of athleticism rarely seen in a functional people mover.

The front end has been re-worked to fit in with the current Ford brand identity, and it wears the same Aston Martin-aping grille as the Fiesta supermini.

Inside, the concept features four heavily sculpted seats, with a fifth that folds flat into the floor to create a lengthy loading space. Expect their design to be toned down somewhat for the production version.

Hidden with the well-appointed and sumptuously trimmed interior are number of options that would shame even top-tier limousines from Mercedes and Audi. As well as heart rate monitors built into the seats, which can activate on-board safety systems should the driver lose consciousness, the S-Max concept features a glucose level monitoring system, to warn parents if their sleeping child is having a diabetic attack.

More traditional technology includes a tablet docking station and Ford SYNC, which allows Internet application access through a compatible smartphone.

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Daljinder Nagra


August 29, 2013

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