Ford S-Max and Galaxy revised for 2010Updated versions of Ford's family favourites

17 December 2009

Ford S-Max 2010

Exterior changes to the Galaxy and S-Max (above) are subtle

Ford has released the first details of revised versions of its range-topping people carriers, the Galaxy and the S-Max.

Arriving in 2010 and scheduled to debut at the Brussels Motor Show in January, both seven-seaters get updated looks, interior changes, new technology and new engines.

Ford styling updates

At first glance the visual modifications appear very much of the ‘spot the difference’ kind. But both S-Max and Galaxy get new bonnets, grilles, lights and detail modifications on the outside.

The interiors benefit from material and colour changes for a more ‘luxurious and dynamic feel’, while new lighting options include courtesy lights mounted in the tailgate for better loading visibility in the dark. Top spec S-Max models also benefit from a new overhead storage console, while LED interior lighting is included with the panoramic roof.

The Ford FoldFlatSystem, for the second and third row seats, continues as before.

New safety features

New safety options for the 2010 model year include blind-spot monitoring and new ‘Adjustable Speed Limiter Device’, which, as the catchy title suggests, is a driver controlled speed-limiting system. Both are firsts for Ford of Europe.

Also new to the Galaxy and S-Max are keyless go and the ‘Ford EasyFuel’ capless refueling system.

New Ford EcoBoost engine

However, the most significant change for the 2010 Ford Galaxy and S-Max comes in the form of Ford’s new EcoBoost ‘SCTi’ petrol engine, and improvements to the 2.0-litre TDCi turbodiesel.

EcoBoost is Ford’s new name for turbocharged petrol engines intended to give both extra performance and lower emissions. The S-Max and Galaxy are the first European Fords to get one of these new power units, in the shape of a 2.0-litre turbo with 200bhp.

This is powerful enough to take the S-Max from 0-62mph in just 8.5 seconds (8.8 Galaxy) and on to a top speed of 137mph (135mph Galaxy). Official combined fuel consumption is 34.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 189g/km.

Ford Galaxy 2010 interior

Interiors are said to be more luxurious and now feature 'keyless go'

End nigh for manual gearbox?

Interestingly, the new engine will only be available with Ford’s ‘PowerShift’ transmission - a twin-clutch six-speed automatic gearbox, similar to Volkswagen’s DSG system.

Compared to the previous 158bhp naturally aspirated 2.3-litre petrol automatic combination in these vehicles, EcoBoost offers over 25% more power with a 19% reduction in CO2. Impressive stats.

Diesel improvements

At the same time, Ford has also ‘significantly’ overhauled its 2.0-litre TDCi turbodiesel.

Bringing it up to Euro V emissions standards, this is now available with 113bhp, 138bhp and - for the first time - 160bhp. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, offering up to 49.5mpg combined with 152g/km CO2 emissions. The PowerShift gearbox is optional.

Full pricing and specification details for 2010 Ford Galaxy and S-Max will be announced early in the new year.

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