New Ford S-Max and Galaxy on show
* Makeover for 2010 * New efficient engines * Hi-tech safety systems...
Ford's S-Max and Galaxy MPVs have been given a fresh new look, updated engines and new safety technology for 2010.
Revealed at the Brussels motor show today, the new models are the first to get Ford's efficient 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which comes with the PowerShift transmission as standard the first time this has been used on one of Ford's large cars.
Fresh new look
The S-Max has been given a strongly sculptured bonnet and a new nose, with a glossy black front grille. The lower front bumper incorporates LED daytime running lights on higher-spec models.
A new chrome strip surrounds the glass areas on each side. The rear end has also been tweaked and gets new LED tail lights either side of a satin chrome bar embossed with the S-Max logo.
The Galaxy has had a makeover, too, and its face now has subtle chrome bars in the grille and new-look foglights. Bolder silver roof rails and new rear lights complete the refreshed look.
As well as a new choice of colours and materials, both cars will use Ford's Fold Flat System for stowing the second and third rows of seats.
The S-Max now comes with a multi-functional overhead console, which includes a sunglasses holder and child-watch mirror, as well as a one-piece panoramic roof with powered sun blinds.
Efficient engines, new transmission
Both cars are available with Ford's new 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Built from lightweight aluminium and using direct-injection and turbocharging this delivers 200bhp while being more efficient and cleaner than the 159bhp 2.3-litre engine it replaces.
Average fuel economy is 34.8mph, while carbon dioxide emissions are reduced to 189g/km.
Diesel buyers can choose from three power levels of the 2.0-litre Duratorq engine: 113bhp, 138bhp and 160bhp. Both the 113bhp and 160bhp versions promise average fuel consumption of 49.5mpg and emissions of 152g/km.
The petrol engine comes with Ford's PowerShift transmission as standard, while it is an option on the two higher-powered 2.0-litre diesel models.
Safety and comfort
The S-Max and Galaxy are Ford's first European cars to get a new Blind Spot Information System. Using radar, this warns drivers if a vehicle enters their blind spot area.
An Adjustable Speed Limiter Device (ASLD) helps drivers avoid exceeding a pre-programmed speed limit.
Other improvements include an updated climate control system, the option of keyless energy and Ford's capless refuelling system.
When can I buy one?
The new models will be on sale in April 2010, and prices will be revealed nearer the time.