Ford S-MAX and Galaxy Get New Full Hybrid Powertrains
Ford are introducing a full hybrid powertrain option for its Galaxy and S-MAX MPV models. Both models will be available with the new 4th generation hybrid powertrain, already in use in the Ford Kuga range.
The new Full Hybrid powertrain combines a 2.5-litre petrol engine, a 1.1 kWh lithium-ion battery and electric motor to deliver 187bhp, improved CO2 emissions and full electric driving capabilities for short periods.
Ford say when compared with an EcoBlue diesel like for like model you should see more than a 10 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. For example, an S-MAX model with the new hybrid powertrain can offer fuel economy of up to 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 147g/km (WLTP).
The new hybrids are ‘self-charging’ and a perfect option for those who are not ready or unable to take the plunge into the plug-in vehicle market. Instead, the battery is charged by the petrol combustion engine and regeneration technology during coasting and braking, meaning there is no inconvenience of plugging-in.
Ford have also cleverly located the battery pack below the boot floor so there is no compromise in boot space of the S-MAX or Galaxy, it remains at 2,200 and 2,339 litres respectively. Both vehicles are synonymous with being spacious and practical and the full hybrid powertrains offer improved running costs without sacrificing valuable storage.
Both models feature the latest Ford tech including FordPass Connect which can provide Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices and navigation with live traffic. It also includes remote vehicle information and access via smartphone companion app which offers features like remote vehicle lock/unlock, vehicle locator and vehicle status information. The system can also inform the driver of road conditions ahead and potential hazards and black spots.