Both MPVs get a facelift, as well as the firm's new Ecoboost technology
13 January 2010

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.

See the revised Ford S-Max and Galaxy pics

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.

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15 December 2009

Sounds like the 2.2 diesel may now not be offered if the 2.0 has been upgraded to being nearly as powerful? While the 2.0 turbo petrol is welcome, mostly for those who want an automatic choice, when is the 1.6 turbo arriving? That's surely going to be the big petrol seller - the power and torque characteristics would be better than the current 2.0 and with better fuel economy.

15 December 2009

Sound like sensible and worthwhile upgrades to me . A good car gets better.

Now all Ford needs to do is sort out their crazy prices at the moment . Ok you can negotiate big discounts but the taxman is only interested in list prices for releiving you of your hard earned for BIF tax.

For an old skinflint like me though just think how cheap you will get a nearly new one for in 6 months.

15 December 2009

I hope they don't drop the 2.5 turbo from the range! Its a great car and the look from all the 320d reps faces as you blast past is priceless!

15 December 2009

[quote Bigsi]

I hope they don't drop the 2.5 turbo from the range! Its a great car and the look from all the 320d reps faces as you blast past is priceless!

[/quote] plus you can ( if you are clincally insane) get a montune pack which takes the power to over 300bhp!

15 December 2009

[quote Autocar]delivers 200bhp and 221lb ft[/quote]

Same as my old V40 T4! That's progress for you, though, the V40 was a good 1/3 tonne lighter but put out 221 g/km and struggled to get 27 mpg.

15 December 2009

When a car is this good, these small refinements and upgrades are akin to introducing a new model.

The 2.3 always seemed a little awkward in the line-up, and a warm 200bhp version is perfect packaging.

I hope Ford extends the life of the current S-Max, and doesn't rush into another generation that compromises its blend of incredible looks, fine driving experience and practicality.

15 December 2009

I almost bought one a couple of years ago but the relative lack of models with automatic transmission put me off. With the introduction of the dual-clutch transmission this will certainly make me consider one again as the family (3 generations) hold-all.

15 December 2009

Sounds like some good updates to what where already class leading vehicles. The STCi sounds interesting.

15 December 2009

Updates seem interesting, although surely they'd have been able to drop the emissions below that crucial 150 g/km barrier in terms of road tax. I've always liked the S-Max, and whilst I think the changes to the rear were needed (it now looks much slicker and less boxy), I'm not entirely sure on the front end at the moment. Like the daytime running lights, even if they are a bit blingy, but the lower grille looks a bit mouthy to me. Maybe it'll look better up close. Can't really see what's changed in terms of the Galaxy's styling, but I think it's worn well anyway in the first three years or so.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

15 December 2009

[quote Mini1] I'm not entirely sure on the front end at the moment. Like the daytime running lights, even if they are a bit blingy, but the lower grille looks a bit mouthy to me.[/quote]

I thought exactly the same about the lower grill, but other than that, these look like decent upgrades to an already superb car.


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