Ford has revealed the third-generation S-Max with a new, close to production concept.
The updated model of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is designed to offer customers the same level of space and versatility as the original but with sharper design and a significantly better equipped cabin than before.
> Since its launch in 2006, Ford has sold 71,000 S-Max models to date in the UK alone, with sales making up 20 per cent of the European market total.
Product development vice president, Barb Samardzich, said: "When Ford unveiled the SAV Concept in 2005 it immediately captured the public's imagination and inspired us to produce today's S-Max, a true white space vehicle.
"Our new S-Max Concept takes that unique appeal to the next level with Ford's latest design and technology innovations for a new generation."
Under the bonnet, the S-Max Concept features a new UK-built 1.5-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbocharged engine that is said to improve performance and fuel economy, while a host of new technology inside will interest and excite potential customers.
Ford Sync along with MyFord Touch delivers Wi-Fi for passengers, so when coupled with the built-in tablet docking station, they can check emails, watch films or play games on the move.
The futuristic gadgetry doesn't stop there either, the S-Max Concept includes a number of safety and health monitoring devices, which you wouldn't usually expect to find in an everyday road car, or in any car for that matter.
The S-Max Concept has a built-in heart rate monitor, glucose monitor and Wi-Fi communications, which track the health of occupants and allow the car to communicate with other vehicles on the road.
Ford's Electrocardiogram Heart Rate Monitoring Seat records the driver's heart rate and delivers data that you'd only usually be able to record at a hospital or medical centre, and offers the potential to connect with Ford SYNC to alert remote medical experts to unusual activity or even trigger active safety systems to take over in case of emergency.
Similarly, the Glucose Level Monitoring devices can be connected with Ford Sync to warn the driver that a sleeping passenger is suffering a diabetic attack.
Ford's communication manager Oliver Rowe, said: "This device will be very useful for parents who need to monitor their child's health and the S-Max will automatically alert them if a passenger is suffering from an attack."
The S-Max has also undertaken some serious design upgrades, with a high mounted grille, swept-back floating LED headlights and streamlined body curves. However, the S-Max does appear to retain its original signature rear-end styling making a view of the back slightly disappointing.
The S-Max still offers a seven-seat configuration with two foldable seats in the rear that can be accessed from the rear passenger area, so it remains an ideal family workhorse.
Executive design director, Martin Smith, said: "S-Max drivers are passionate and have high expectations - they see their S-Max as a one-of-a-kind vehicle.
"Our mission was to exceed their expectations in every area while respecting the core of what they love about the S-Max."
Rowe added: "Every panel on the car is production intent and any changes made now will be minor details."
The S-Max is set for launch at the end 2014 or beginning of 2015 and according to Ford, it demonstrates technologies customers should expect to see in the future.
Executive technical leader, Ford research and advanced engineering, Pim van der Jagt, said: "With the S-Max Concept, we aimed to demonstrate just how wide a scope of technologies Ford is preparing for future generations of vehicles and customers."