Ford S-MAX owners appreciate the safety and convenience of three rows of seating for seven passengers. However, for some potential Ford S-MAX customers, seven seats is two too many.

Today, Ford releases details of the five-seat S-MAX Trend that joins the S-MAX model range for 2008. Ford will debut the new five-seat S-MAX Trend at Auto China 2008 in Beijing alongside the seven-seat S-MAX Flagship.

“The S-MAX is spacious, safe and convenient but not everyone needs seven seats. Introducing a five-seat variant to the S-MAX range makes perfect sense and illustrates Ford’s ability to provide Chinese customers with cars and features they want," said Nigel Harris, General Manager of Changan Ford Sales Company.

Four Model Range, Additional Features for 2008

The five-seat S-MAX Trend is a new variant tailored to meet market demand. It has two rows of seating in line with requests of some S-MAX customers who desire more cargo space.

With the absence of a third-row of seats, the five-seat S-MAX Trend offers 185 litres more of rear cargo space.

2008 introduces additional safety and luxury features across the Ford S-MAX range. Rear parking sensors and footlights are now standard features on all 2008 S-MAX models.

All S-MAX models are equipped with ABS (with EBD).

Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is offered on certain models. The S-MAX Ghia and Flagship models gain front-passenger seat-belt reminder and seat-mounted side airbags to improve side-impact protection for front seat occupants.

More Advantages than a Sedan or an MPV

Award-winning Ford S-MAX with space flexibility, precise driving dynamics and bold, energetic kinetic design reaches a new exciting segment in the SAV market. Compared with sedans, it offers more room with the advantage of flexible seating. Compared to an MPV, S-MAX is naturally more agile, quicker to manoeuvre and delivers more driving pleasure.

The five-seat Ford S-MAX Trend is economical to run. For example, vehicle repair costs and maintenance costs for the five-seat S-MAX Trend are approximately equal with the associated cost of a traditional family sedan.

Flexible Space

Seven-seat Ford S-MAX models feature the Fold Flat System which can be arranged into 32 different seating layouts. S-MAX also has 26 storage areas so finding a convenient place to put stuff is never more than an arm’s length away. These clever features allow the S-MAX to meet the various needs of modern families – for work, school and leisure.

Driving Dynamics

Excellent driving dynamics is a quality every driver will appreciate and S-MAX has it. It responds to driver inputs precisely, remains balanced on-road and is relaxing to drive.

The 2.3-litre engine develops more than 117kW at 6500rpm and delivers peak torque of 205Nm at 4000rpm. The engine uses Variable Camshaft Timing (VCT) to deliver more power over a wider engine speed range. The engine develops 90 percent of peak torque between 2000-5000rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission with driver-select manual mode accompanies the all-aluminium engine. The combination is impressively smooth, quiet and refined.

MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear independent suspension layout is the basis of Ford’s excellent C3P chassis design. Body integrity and structural rigidity enhanced by a front and rear sub-frame contribute to the S-MAX’s precise steering response and outstanding dynamics.

Kinetic Design

Ford S-MAX is the first production model to feature Ford of Europe’s kinetic design form language. Mondeo and next-generation Fiesta also feature distinct and bold kinetic design elements.

The Ford S-MAX is characterized by a distinctively angled nose and dynamic headlamps. Fog lamps are placed inbound and high on the front bumper, giving the vehicle an athletic look. The slim upper grille is complemented by a dominant inverted trapezoid grille below the number plate area. This is a Ford design signature, and adds a touch of aggression to the frontal appearance. At each side of the lower grille area, "gills" resembling cooling ducts give S-MAX a distinct performance identity.

Ford’s kinetic design creates an S-MAX that is visually bold and dynamic. The fast roof line arching into the bonnet, the muscular wheel arches and the distinctive kick-up to the rear window all visually indicate that S-MAX is the perfect Sport Activity Vehicle.

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  (379) posted on 09.27.2010

The S-MAX is noticeable larger the weight of the basic S-MAX is 220lbs higher as of the other two with a pretty good load capacity of 1680lbs (762kg) and a towing capacity of 3750lbs (KIA Rondo only 1000lbs.) That is a other vehicle class.

  (460) posted on 08.5.2010

They couldn’t find any other location to put those little round lamps?! Nobody thought about putting them in the squarish opening in the bumper?!

  (274) posted on 05.6.2010

This model comes with a 217 horsepower turbocharged five cylinder engine.

  (345) posted on 02.11.2010

quite good looking MPV, but mazda 5 is better than this, looks more aggressive and tough.

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