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Ford S-MAX and Galaxy

Ford is to unveil new versions of its S-MAX and Galaxy which debut Ford’s new high-efficiency 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which has 25% more power yet 19% lower CO2 than the previous 2.3-litre automatic powertrain.

These are the first cars to be available with the all-new EcoBoost engine. Both cars also get a new look, new technologies, new interior materials and features, and will be unveiled at the 2010 Brussels Motor Show on 13 January.

The new S-MAX and Galaxy are the first vehicles to offer an all-new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost SCTi engine. Featuring lightweight all-aluminium construction, the latest-generation high-pressure direct injection system, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing, the 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi has an advanced combustion system which brings new levels of performance and fuel efficiency to petrol engines in this power range.

The 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine has a maximum output of 203PS at 5,500 rpm, combined with maximum torque of 300Nm, which is delivered across a broad 1,750-4,500 rpm range. With this new powertrain, the S-MAX achieves 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds (8.8 seconds for the Galaxy) and a top speed of 137mph (135mph for the Galaxy.)

Yet even with this performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are significantly improved. Compared with the previous 161PS 2.3-litre automatic powertrain, CO2 is reduced by 19 per cent to 189g/km, even though the new 2.0-litre SCTi engine has over 25 per cent more power. This translates into a combined fuel economy of 34.8mpg.

At the same time, Ford’s diesel offering for the new S-MAX and Galaxy has been significantly improved. The upgraded 2.0-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi engine, with six-speed manual transmission, can achieve 49.5mpg and average CO2 emissions of 152g/km, and complies with Stage V emission regulations. It’s available in three power levels – 115, 140 and 163PS – for the first time.

The Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission system is available for the first time on Ford’s large car range; it will be standard equipment with the EcoBoost petrol engine and optional with the140 and 163PS versions of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi.

For both vehicles, the Ford FoldFlatSystem comes as standard for the second and third row of seats. They’re also Ford’s first European vehicles to feature the new Blind Spot Information System. This radar-based technology warns drivers of vehicles in their blind spot area. Also, the new Adjustable Speed Limiter Device (ASLD) is designed to help drivers set, and then not exceed, specific speed limits unintentionally – another first for Ford of Europe.

Additional trademark technologies already available on other Ford models are now being made available on S-MAX and Galaxy for the first time. These include the Ford Keyless System and the award-winning Ford EasyFuel capless refuelling system.