The seven-seat Ford S-Max has been a huge hit in Europe since its introduction in 2007, and the Blue Oval is looking to keep up the momentum with a five passenger Ford S-Max, dubbed the Trend, for the growing China market. The S-Max will have an additional 185 liters of cargo capacity sans third row, and the eliminated seating will also make the crossover lighter. Power will come from Ford's corporate 2.3-liter engine mated to a six speed automatic transmission.

While it's cool that Ford is offering the S-Max in China, the hot-looking people hauler already has fold-flat seating, which means the move to ditch the third row is all about removing costs. Hey, at least the S-Max is available in China. In the States we have to make due with the Taurus X.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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