Ford has launch the European versions of its new Ecoboost petrol engine in the facelifted S-Max and Galaxy at today's Brussels motor show.
The new turbocharged 2.0-litre motor, badged STCi, delivers 200bhp and 221lb ft, taking the S-Max to 62mph in 8.5sec; that’s over 2.0sec faster than the 2.3-litre model it replaces.
It’s also 25 per cent more powerful than the outgoing unit, with CO2 emissions cut 19 per cent to 189g/km. Combined fuel economy is 34.8mpg, while all STCi models get Ford’s Powershift dual-clutch gearbox.
The 2.0-litre diesel is upgraded too, and comes with three different outputs: 113bhp, 138bhp and 161bhp. The entry-level diesel emits 152g/km of CO2 and has a combined economy figure of 49.5mpg. The Powershift gearbox is an option on these models.
Both models get new lights, including LED tail-lights, while more expensive S-Max models will feature LED daytime running lights as standard. Styling changes include new fascias, bonnets and lower grilles on both models, while the Galaxy also benefits from new fog lights and roof rails.
Inside, Ford has boosted quality by offering new materials and colours. Both vehicles come with Ford’s Fold Flat System for the second and third rows of seats to increase load capacity.
New technology on both models includes a rear camera, Ford’s blind spot information system and a speed limiter device.
The two new models will continue to be built alongside the Mondeo at Ford’s Genk plant in Belgium. Prices have yet to be revealed.