Ford S-Max and Galaxy get engine upgrades and extra safety kit

More powerful diesels and a new automatic transmission for Ford’s people carriers

Ford’s 2.0-liter diesel engine that sits inside the S-Max and Galaxy people movers has been updated to comply with the latest Euro 6 and WLTP standards. As a result, the two MPVs can now be had with the 2.0-liter EcoBlue unit in four states of tune: 120 PS (118 hp), 150 PS (148 hp), 190 PS (187 hp) or a bi-turbo variant with 240 PS (237 hp).

Another change in the S-Max and Galaxy lineup is the addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the old six-speed unit. The new auto ‘box is controlled via what Ford calls a Rotary Gear Shift Dial. There’s also a six-speed manual available, and all-wheel drive comes as an option.

On the safety front, there’s now adaptive cruise control with stop & go, which only works with the 8-speed automatic. Moreover, the blind spot detection system (BLIS) can now detect approaching vehicles at a greater distance (up to 18 meters or 59 feet).

Additionally, Ford’s new ClearView Wiper System comes with multiple washer-jets mounted directly on the wiper arm, which improves “visibility in challenging driving conditions while using screen-wash fluid more efficiently,” according to the company.

S-Max and Galaxy models equipped with the bi-turbo 240 PS (237 hp) engine come as standard with Active Noise Cancellation, as well as the S-Max Vignale.

There are two new exterior colors available - Chrome Blue and Diffuse Silver - and the S-Max ST-Line now features red brake calipers.

The Ford Galaxy and S-Max can already be ordered with these improvements across Europe.

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