Ford Outlines New Features for S-MAX
This week, Ford made its all-new S-MAX available for order and touted a number of new and innovative features that would be available therein.
Chief among these new features is an Intelligent Speed Limiter—a first-of-its-kind technology that allows drivers to set a maximum traveling speed and uses a camera to read road signs and adjust accordingly. This, ostensibly, allows those driving the S-MAX to avoid ever having to pay a speeding ticket again.
“Speed limiting technology was last year specified on around two-thirds of Ford vehicles for which it was available— proving popular with drivers who want to ensure they avoid incurring speeding fines by unintentionally exceeding the speed limit. Intelligent Speed Limiter makes that even easier,” said Stefan Kappes, active safety supervisor, Ford of Europe.
The S-MAX will also feature Glare-Free Headbeam, which works with Ford Dynamic LED with Adaptrive Front Lighting System to prevent inadvertently blinding oncoming drivers with the bright lights of high beams.
Additionally, the S-MAX will use features such as Ford Adaptive Steering, Electric Power Assisted Steering, Torque Vectoring Control, Pull-Drift Compensation, Active Nibble Compensation, and Torque Steer Compensation.
New exterior and interior styling, available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, and the choice of a 1.5-liter EcoBoost or a 2.0-liter TDCi engine will likely make the S-MAX a popular choice among European customers looking for a capable people-mover when it arrives this summer.
“All-new S-MAX defies the notion that a versatile seven-seat family car cannot also be stylish, rewarding to drive and technologically advanced,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “Intelligent Speed Limiter is one of those technologies that people will wonder how they did without—not just because they avoid speeding fines but because driving becomes that much less stressful.”