First previewed in concept form a year ago, Ford’s second-generation S-Max has now been revealed ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show on October 2. The new S-Max is yet to be confirmed for the U.S. market but during its development prototypes for the vehicle were spotted near Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

The S-Max is a small MPV that sits above the C-Max compact MPV already sold here and the larger Galaxy MPV which is also about to undergo a redesign. The vehicle rides on Ford’s front-wheel-drive CD4 platform, which underpins vehicles like the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, meaning it could potentially be built at the same plants as its platform mates.

Inside, a seven-seat layout is featured, with both the second and third rows getting power-folding seats. Other convenience features include a hands-free tailgate, electrically adjustable steering column and available massage function for the seats.

Tech goodies include Ford’s new Adaptive Steering system (adjusts the steering ratio and effort required depending on vehicle speed),  an automatic parking system for parallel and perpendicular spots, lane-keep assist and warning systems for blind spot and cross traffic.

Engine options will consist of four-cylinder units, both in gasoline and diesel flavors, all all-wheel drive will be offered on the S-Max for the first time with the arrival of the new generation.

Sales of the new S-Max in Europe commence next summer. To see what else will be on show at the Paris Auto Show next month, head to our dedicated hub.


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