Ford updates the S-MAX and Galaxy diesels

The Ford S-MAX and Galaxy are now offered for the first time with the company’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine featuring power outputs from 118 bhp to 237 bhp; and with an advanced new eight-speed automatic transmission controlled using a Rotary Gear Shift Dial.

By year end, both Ford S-MAX and Galaxy ranges will add 1.5 EcoBoost 163 bhp petrol engines to their powertrain line-ups.

The improved technology offering includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go functionality when combined with the eight-speed automatic, for negotiating stop-start traffic; an enhanced version of Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) that can detect approaching vehicles at greater distance; and a new Ford ClearView Wiper System for improved visibility.

“Our uniquely stylish S-MAX and hugely practical Galaxy are now even more compelling offerings, with advanced powertrain and driver assistance technologies that make driving in any scenario less stressful,” said Roelant de Waard, Ford Marketing, Sales & Service vice president. “Our 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine and eight-speed automatic transmission deliver the powerful, responsive performance of a petrol powertrain, with optimised diesel fuel efficiency.”

Ford says the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine delivers the power, torque and driving performance of a larger capacity engine alongside the fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions synonymous with a smaller engine capacity.

An integrated intake system with mirror-image porting for optimised engine breathing; low-inertia turbocharger that enhances low-end torque; and high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter and offers more precise fuel delivery, all help meet the latest stringent Euro 6 emissions standards calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Standard selective catalytic reduction emissions after-treatment contributes to improved NOX reduction.

Ford’s 237 bhp bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine features a small, high pressure turbo and larger, low pressure turbo that work in series at low rpm for greater responsiveness and enhanced torque. At higher engine speeds, the larger turbo works alone to produce the boost required to deliver peak power, resulting in smooth and linear acceleration for a more comfortable driving experience.

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