Making its Frankfurt debut, the Ford S-Max Concept is the design precursor of a new European-focused model that reveals Ford's vision for a future sport activity vehicle intended to replace the current S-Max. Spun from the same global "C/D-platform" architecture that underpins the latest Ford Fusion and Mondeo, this stylish 7-passenger one-off is powered by Ford's latest 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. In addition to delivering better power and economy than the current S-Max, this versatile next-gen people mover also boasts upgraded handling, a bounty of new comfort/convenience touches, enhanced safety features and improved infotainment/connectivity.

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Enriched with supple leather and carbon fiber trim, the spacious and flexible people-centric cabin of the S-Max Concept incorporates the full range of Ford's sophisticated technology portfolio, all built around the SYNC system and MyFord Touch. In addition to a Dual-View Display in the centre console that can simultaneously provide the driver with pertinent vehicle information while allowing the front-seat passenger to watch a movie, the S-Max Concept also incorporates the automaker's ECG Heart Rate Monitoring Seat and Glucose Level Monitoring as well as Ford's advanced car-to-car communications technology that enables the vehicle to "talk" to similarly equipped vehicles.

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Other active/passive safety touches include the Ford Intelligent Protection System with Pre-Collision Assist and an advanced version of Active Park Assist featuring perpendicular parking capability, park out assist and Cross Traffic Alert. In commenting on this latest exercise in possibility thinking, Pim van der Jagt, executive technical leader, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, noted: "With the S-MAX Concept we aimed to demonstrate just how wide a scope of technologies Ford is preparing to deliver for customers in future generations of vehicles."

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