• Jul 7th 2009 at 9:30AM
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Ford's rakish S-Max people mover may yet come to the States, but we almost certainly won't see it before the facelift seen here takes effect. Caught by long-lensed spy shots for EVO Magazine, this next-generation S-Max mule was caught pulling caravan duty in the Swiss mountains.
According to the U.K. publication, the S-Max's interior is likely to stay the same, meaning that buyers will once again get a choice of five- or seven-seat configurations. The exterior is clearly being tweaked with a new front fascia and grille, as well as reconfigured taillamps featuring LED illumination. Given that the production S-Max first debuted at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2006, this seems like as opportune a time as any to refresh the award-winning MPV.

The engine lineup is expected to remain unaltered, meaning buyers can expect a range of gas and diesel four- and five-cylinder engines as well as manual and automatic transmission choices.

We've been hearing for years now that the sporty S-Max might cross the Pond... is it finally our turn? And if so, would Americans consider it? Have your say in 'Comments.'

[Source: EVO]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd trade in our Toyota Sienna in a second once Ford brings this to the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would definitely make it on to our short list. A little bigger than the 5, but still reasonable. Bring it, Ford!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This could be the only minivan that can be described with the word "awesome" in the same sentence.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a brilliant car. A friend of mine owns one, and it's superb.

      It looks absolutely great too, very comfortable, and still a pleasant car to drive. Pretty fast as well, with the turbodiesel. Does 190 km/u without the least bit of drama at all, as on rails...

      It's a pretty good bestseller here too, I see them literally everywhere. And for good reason. It shows again that good products get noticed by the consumer and just sell very good.

      I mean, this car is simply ideal for normal families, it could be your only car. It's good enough to haul the kids around, but nothing to be ashamed of driving on your own, while still looking like a very cool car. I would buy one if I had a family, as my only car, no problem.
      • 6 Years Ago
      u need to check your eyes
      that hting is as ugly as an Aztek
        • 6 Years Ago
        The good thing about the S-Max is, that it looks fantastic regardless how many times you try to tell us that it's ugly...
        And it drives fantastic as well!
        • 6 Years Ago
        it might dirve just fine and i do not doubt it but it's but ugly

        the STI drives like a dream but it also can't be any uglier
      • 6 Years Ago
      3 thoughts:

      This is going to be great. Because the R-class look has been sooooo successful.

      This is so hot looking that it is blurring the faces of resting cyclists everywhere. Is that Lance Armstrong?!?

      Are they all lowered like that? Look, its nine inches lower that that Passat next to it.

      end of transmission.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The R-class is a behemoth. It's 16 inches longer and 1600 lbs heavier so it's not exactly a good comparison. I'd compare it more to the Kia Rondo or Mazda5 which enjoy relative low but very steady sales.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the ideal family car, not only has it a very usable interior - but it also drives incredible well and looks really good...

      Hopefully Ford see the light and bring it to the US...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would buy one. There's nothing wrong with a fun, frugal 7-seater in my book.
        • 6 Years Ago
        except it's one of the ugliest things i've seen, and I say things cause i don't want to limiit that statement to cars only

        wtf were tehy thinking

        keep that thing accross the pond, unless they redesign that ugly exterior
        • 6 Years Ago
        I can't say I'm too much of a fan of the front either, but I have a Ford Freestyle and a Toyota Camry so I'm more in it for the practically than the exciting visual cues.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The headlights are the worst. It would be better if it was closer to the Iosis Max concept.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm going to have to disagree with most of the posters here. That thing is really, really ugly.

      Don't get me wrong- I'm all for bringing Euro-Fords to America. Most of them look great. And I'm sure the S-Max is a technically great car, but it is not going to sell well in this country. It's an anorexic minivan.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Bloke, agreed.

        It looks great for a minivan. I certainly don't want full size vans with sliding doors. I hate that, they look like industrial vans. If you drive one you're saying that you procreated, and are just waiting to die now...

        But this, it's by far the best in class, good quality and great styling. It's very practical and roomy, but not ugly like most minivans are.

        Me too, every time I see one, I can't help thinking how good it looks. It looks like a normal car. I'd take this over every estate (V70, etc...)

        I can walk down the street here, 150-200m and count at least three of them. They're absolutely everywhere. In europe it's a bestseller for ford, and rightfully so.

        Lets leave the big ugly people carriers to the yanks (chrysler voyager, ...) we'd be fine with our s-max'es. Everyone happy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Whenever I drive by an S-Max I always think how terrific it looks for an MPV.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Selling "well" depends on how many you intend to sell. Mazda and Kia never intended to sell to many Mazda5's and Rondo's in the US; therefore, they are successful and profitable. The S-Max would make a great niche vehicle. I'm betting there are just enough people looking for a fuel efficient 7-seater to make it worth Ford's while. It would make a great replacement for my Ford Freestyle since I only use the 3rd row occasionally.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No way this car is comming here unless the C-Max does well. The C-Max hasn't been confrimed for the U.S. market but there is a "Focus derived vehicle" slated for production in Kansas City I believe. Consumers have already rejected the minivan as evidenced by the shrinking sales for entire segment.

      I'm not trashing their practicality but people have moved on from minivans like they did from the giant station wagons and from SUV's to CUV's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would absolutely consider buying it to replace our 2003 Mazda MPV. We bought the MPV because it was the smallest and sportiest minivan at the time.

      The entire euro ford line up can't get here fast enough. I want to replace my Ford Contour with either the Fiesta or Focus.
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