October’s Paris Motor Show played host to countless new car launches, with Ford’s S-MAX one of the most significant. With a more upmarket design, the seven-seat MPV will build on the success of the old car, and prove that large, versatile MPVs needn’t be boring to drive.
It’s the same size as before, but boasts more practical features like power-folding second and third row seats, plus a hands-free tailgate. New self-parking tech also allows the car to reverse itself into perpendicular multi-storey bays, as well as parallel spaces.
Ford will offer a range of frugal 2.0-litre TDCi diesels, plus a pair of EcoBoost petrol engines. The pick of the line-up is likely to be the mid-range 148bhp diesel, which should offer a good balance of pace and running costs. There’ll also be a choice of manual and dual-clutch auto boxes, and the option of four-wheel drive for the first time.
Prices aren’t expected to rise significantly, so an entry-level petrol car could start at €30,845. An ultra-luxurious Vignale model is also expected, with high-quality leather seats as part of an upmarket interior.
Source : http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/