The third generation Ford Galaxy went on sale back in 2006 and after a small facelift in 2009, the MPV is ready to enter its fourth generation. Recently, Ford began working on it and the first mule has been caught testing, wearing a completely new front end attached to the body of the current generation.
The next Galaxy will feature a wider track and a completely redesigned front inspired by the company’s Kinetic Design seen in the company’s latest models like the 2012 Focus ,2013 Escape , and the new Mondeo . Under the hood, the future MPV will feature the same engine line-up and gearboxes as the Mondeo , including the latest 2.0-liter Ecoboost with an output of about 240 HP. Also, rumors say that the next Galaxy will be offered with a hybrid powertrain later on.
The new generation Ford Galaxy will be launched by the end of 2012 or in early 2013.
Ford’s range of stylish and versatile seven-seater MPVs now offers an enhanced engine and technology mix.
The Ford S-MAX and Galaxy are the latest to offer the new flagship 175PS TDCi engine.
Developed for performance, the 175PS 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine is the largest displacement and most powerful diesel installation available in Ford of Europe’s passenger cars. It provides a sustained 400Nm of torque at 1,750rpm for effortless overtaking ability combined with exceptional economy.
There is also a 10PS power boost, from 130PS to 140PS, for 2.0-litre diesel S-MAX and Galaxy models equipped with an automatic gearbox. Another new 2.0-litre Ford MPV variant is the S-MAX and Galaxy flexifuel vehicle (FFV) – capable of running on any mix of bioethanol and petrol in the same fuel tank.
Ford S-MAX and Galaxy are more advanced inside as well as out. Wireless Bluetooth® mobile phone connectivity becomes standard across the range.
Ford announced that for the 2009 model year the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy will get a new high performance 2.2-litre diesel engine and sporty new versions of the popular ’Titanium’ series.
the new 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi is the largest displacement and most powerful diesel engine available in Ford of Europe’s passenger cars. It gives a sustained 400 Nm of torque at 1,750rpm and 420 Nm of transient overboost provides the necessary power for brisk and confident overtaking manoeuvres. Maximum power of 175 PS is delivered at just 3,500rpm.
"The ’Titanium’ series features and styling details complement perfectly the ’kinetic design’ elements of both vehicles, and with over 50 per cent of customers ordering this series, we know it is a success," said Adams. "Now, with the sporty Titanium S we have added more overt styling elements and features to create a new and individual series derivative."
Ford’s Galaxy and S-MAX models have been confirmed as favourites in the business world following three wins at the 2007 BusinessCar awards. S-MAX has been voted New Fleet Car of the Year 2007 and Best Mini-MPV by readers of BusinessCar magazine. Galaxy was awarded the top slot in its class with Best MPV. The BusinessCar Awards are nominated by readers of the publication, making them among the most influential in the business car arena. Commenting on the awards for S-MAX, BusinessCar (...) More
The New Ford Galaxy is larger than its predecessor, which was a shared design with Volkswagen ’s Sharan. With the smaller S-MAX taking up the compact MPV side of the market, Ford was able to expand the Galaxy in every dimension without losing sales in size-conscious Europe. The exterior styling is now markedly different, and that was an essential improvement, because the last examples of the current model were beginning to look painfully familiar. There are extensive at the front, side and (...) More
Production of the new Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy began today at Ford’s assembly plant in Genk , Belgium , the latest additions to Ford’s expanding European car line-up. The production milestone was commemorated at a plant ceremony today attended by Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Mini ster of Belgium, Fientje Moerman, Vice President of the Flemish government, and John Fleming, President and CEO, Ford of Europe. The new models, which combine sporty styling with family practicality, go on sale next (...) More