• Aug 1st 2007 at 9:33AM
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Alert Autoblog reader, Ku Kim, spotted an odd-looking van in Los Angeles traffic. With his always-handy mobile phone, he snapped a couple of pictures of Ford's new S-Max.

But wait, you say, that's not supposed to be here! You're right. The S-Max is Ford's middle-tier European minivan, uh sorry, MPV. (The C-Max is positioned below it, while the Galaxy is the big MPV above it in the heirarchy.)

Could this lone, white S-Max prowling California streets be validation of our January import prediction? With its 5+2 seating, sportier feel and modern lines, the S-Max might be able to carve some sales out of the MPV segment here, but will have stiff competition from the increasingly more CUVs offered by almost every carmaker, including Ford.

Hopefully, this really is an indication of Ford's intention to bring its (at least perceived) superior European offerings across the pond.

Then again, it could be nothing more than a photo shoot in trendy L.A.

Thanks for the tip and photos, Ku Kim!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Dear God please make it true, enlighten Ford's guys minds to bring this to NA... Ford could even bring this to Brazil to fight the Chevrolet Meriva, Zafira and the Citroen Picasso.
      • 8 Years Ago
      you're not right, Galaxy actually IS the bigger one - it's longer and taller too
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does anyone know what the small box on the Window behind the C-Pillar is?
        • 8 Years Ago
        The little box is the GPS-antenna for the navigation system.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Following Ford US naming protocol, it should be called EscaMax or ExpaMax, or Freemax.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've read several comments both good and bad about the SMax. I am an American working in Bosnia. In Nov. '07 I was given a diesel powered auto trans SMax as my company car. As an American I first thought it was an ugly Eurobox. After driving it for a while I love it. It is a little slow off the line but it moves smartly once the turbo spools up and the revs climb. The interior room is amazingly generous. I drive it all over Bosnia and Croatia and I love it. My car at home in Calif. is a Chevy Tahoe so I love big roomy cars. In comparison the SMax is roomy inside but by American standards small on the outside. It is actually slightly smaller than my wife's Volvo XC-90. It is very smooth and stable on the high speed roads in Croatia and cruises at 150 KPH without a problem. I hope they make this car available in the USA because it will be my next car when they do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this would be a great Mercury, since it doesn't have a rebadged Edge or Freestyle it would be a Mercury only vehicle and could help keep it alive. I love my parents' 06 Mountaineer and would really consider getting this if I had the cash. I'm so glad that I'm going to college in Detroit, I get to see test cars and all that other stuff all the time hopefully. Now all I need is a nice camera...
      • 8 Years Ago
      this MPV would make me seriously consider Ford as an option...i would use it as my daily and it can still acommodate my growing family! Bring Ford...bring over designs that people actually will buy!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whoever is driving needs to learn to close their gas door. Nothing bugs me more than when I see people driving with it open.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in the Washington DC area, and it is not unusual to see Euro vehicles with diplomatic plates. Just this weekend I saw a very sweet BMW 3-series wagon (330td?). I have also seen Toyota MPVs, Smarts, and the occasional Peugeot, plus many more that just slip by anonymously. Back when I had a 02 Protege5, I saw a similiar 323 wagon diesel, which got me excited because I love wagons/hatches, and diesels.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are these for sale yet? Because my guess would be that someone imported it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford has too many CUV/MPV’s now. Edge, Freestyle, Flex. The C-Max, S-Max, Mondeo all need to be brought to Mercury showrooms. Enough of this rebadged crap, either make Mercury a viable brand or get rid of it.
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