2014 Ford S-Max spy shots
While ordinarily a prototype for a new Ford MPV is not all that exciting, this latest test vehicle was spotted near Ford’s headquarters in Detroit.
This suggests that Ford is about to launch a new MPV in the U.S., making it the latest model to fall under the automaker’s ‘One Ford’ strategy where a single vehicle is developed for global markets.
The prototype is still wearing the previous model’s body but up front is the new styling, which despite being heavily masked can be seen to resemble the look of the 2012 Focus Electric and upcoming 2013 Fusion.
In the U.S. the vehicle is likely to be called an S-Max and fill out the needs of families looking for an economical vehicle with third-row seats. The smaller C-Max, while offered with seven seats overseas, only comes as a five-seater here. It’s unclear if Ford will continue to sell both a separate S-Max and Galaxy in Europe like it currently does, though it’s more likely the vehicles will be replaced by this single model now that the C-Max offers seven seats.
It’s too early to determine what powertrains will be available, though expect a similar offering to that found in the 2013 Fusion. This means a range of four-cylinder engines, either naturally aspirated or with EcoBoost technology. It’s likely a hybrid variant will be offered as well.
Development of the vehicle is far from complete so stay tuned for updates as its gestation continues. Currently, the vehicle is expected to debut late next year before going on sale in early 2014.