Published on : 10 July 20203 min reading time
The new Ford S-Max features a new technology by combining traffic sign recognition with adaptive cruise control. It is enough to make fines for speeding in the past.
The minivan is resisting! The proof with the new Ford S-Max; sophisticated and imposing, the large oval MPV is equipped with numerous technologies for better safety for you and your loved ones: lane change warning, pedestrian detection, emergency automatic braking, automatic parking… The particular novelty on this S-Max is to offer an intelligent speed limiter.
Convergence of technologies
In concrete terms, this “Intelligent Speed Limiter” combines two features of the S-Max: the adaptive cruise control with the panel recognition system. The result is a speed control service that automatically adapts to the speed limits reported on the road. Ford specifies that the panel recognition range works from 30 km/h. When the speed limit is reduced, the technology does not simply tell the car to slow down immediately by applying the brakes hard. On the contrary, it is a measured slowdown achieved thanks to the engine brake. A system that makes sense on descents, taking into account passengers as well as the traffic flow in which the vehicle is located
Thanks to this assistance, speeding tickets are doomed to be extinguished at the wheel of the new S-Max. Especially the ones that got a little stupid.
Ford S-Max, a revolution from the inside
TRIAL – Ford is renewing its large S-Max minivan. Its platform is no longer the same, and it is becoming the standard for the manufacturer’s driving assistance technologies…
The new version of the Ford S-Max first of all launches the quarrel between the old and the new in its own way. It all starts from the dashboard. Presented a few days after the Renault Space, which resolutely opts for a large touch screen control, the new version of the minivan of the American manufacturer is sticking to a more traditional solution. No tablet, therefore, but classic switches and controls, although less numerous than on the old model. Introduced almost ten years ago, the S-Max has been redesigned. But the first change is invisible, because it concerns the structure of the car. It now uses the common “Global CD” platform developed by Ford. The aesthetics of the S-Max does not betray this internal change. Its lines, stretched, have certainly been brought up to date, but its silhouette remains close to that of the old model. Inside, its vast interior space is always in line with what a buyer of a large minivan can expect.
All-wheel drive optional
As for the engines, a large part is diesel, with 2-litre TDCi units with power ratings of 120, 150, 180 and even 210 hp thanks to a dual turbocharger. All the standard consumption of these machines is between 5 l and 5.8 l per 100 km. For those who are loyal to the petrol engine, a new 1.5-litre 160 hp Ecoboost engine with a fuel consumption of 6.5 litres per 100 km in the combined cycle has arrived. Manual or automatic, the gearboxes all have six gears. The 150 and 180 hp diesel models can be equipped with all-wheel drive.
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