2010 Ford S-Max (above) and Galaxy (below right) – Click either for high-res image galleries

We can debate the relevance of the modern minivan in the North American market until the proverbial cows come home, but the fact remains that in Europe, the MPV still plays a vital role. Few know that as well as Ford does, and now the Blue Oval has unveiled mildly revised versions of its most important people-movers at the 2010 Brussels Auto Show.

Previewed in initial details and photos a full month ago, The visual tweaks to both the Galaxy and its sportier sibling, the S-Max, are admittedly minimal, but keep both looking fresh and in stride with Ford's latest kinetic design language. LED daytime running lights and taillamps are part of the package, and there are a host of new interior trim options, complete with a new panoramic sunroof. Ford's also offering a Blind-Spot Information System (cleverly abbreviated as BLIS), along with the new 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower, direct injection four-cylinder EcoBoost gasoline engine in addition to Duratorq diesels with 115 or 163 hp.

We took a ride in a pre-facelift S-Max on the way to the airport en route back from test driving the new Ford Fiesta in Tuscany and were suitably impressed, so any effort to keep it relevant is good in our books. That's the short of it. If you want the long version, there's a 70-page press release after the jump with all the information you never wanted to know about Ford's latest European people haulers. And for your viewing pleasure, high-resolution image galleries of both are included below.


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PRESS RELEASE

THE NEW 2010 Ford S-MAX and Galaxy:
FRESH DESIGNS, EFFICIENT NEW POWERTRAINS and TECHNOLOGY FOR COMFORT AND SAFETY
  • Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models get a fresh new look for 2010 and introduce a year of technological innovation for Ford of Europe
  • New designs and features enhance the distinctive and individual character of each model
  • Improved craftsmanship plus extensive array of technologies designed to exceed customer expectations
  • Enhanced technologies include new Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) to boost driver and occupant safety and comfort and Premium Sound System
  • S-MAX and Galaxy spearhead launch of Ford's new high-efficiency EcoBoost 4-cylinder advanced turbocharged petrol direct injection engines, 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with Stage V emission rating and additional new 163 PS version
  • Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre SCTi combines 'fun to drive' characteristics with low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions
  • Latest Ford PowerShift transmission enters range: standard with 2.0-litre EcoBoost, optional with 140 and 163 PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi
"The Ford S-MAX and Galaxy were the first Ford vehicles to include elements of our 'kinetic design' styling theme and, more importantly, they began to change the way that many people thought about the Ford brand. As they sit alongside Mondeo at the top of the Ford range in Europe, it is essential that we use these models again as pioneers for the introduction of new and innovative technologies that will characterise Ford's ambitious product launch calendar for 2010. We've given both models a fresh new look and more premium appeal, but it is beneath the skin that the major changes have been made. S-MAX and Galaxy are the first European Ford models to benefit from our global EcoBoost family of direct-injection, turbocharged, petrol engines delivering more power and performance from a lower displacement powerplant, yet with impressive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. And that is just the start of the 2010 S-MAX and Galaxy story."
John Fleming, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe

CONTENTS:
  1. The New Ford S-MAX and Galaxy – introduction Page 4
  2. FRESH Design Page 10
  3. NEW Powertrain technology Page 16
  4. DISTINCT Series; NEW features FOR COMFORT AND SAFETY PAGE 29
  5. Driving Quality PAGE 45
  6. Technical specifications page 48

1. The New Ford S-MAX and Galaxy – introduction


The new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models for 2010 kick off a busy year for new product introductions from Ford of Europe. More significantly, they herald the arrival of a series of new and innovative technologies and features that, as they are introduced throughout the year, will challenge established perceptions of what Ford cars feel like to sit in and drive.

New S-MAX and Galaxy bring a fresh look to Ford of Europe's versatile vehicle portfolio with the latest evolution of Ford's kinetic design cues, new interior materials and features, a range of more efficient powertrains and a host of driver focused technologies for safety and comfort.

These are the first cars to be available with Ford's all-new, high efficiency, 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Producing 203PS (149 kW) it joins a significantly improved 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel, with 140 PS (103 kW), plus a new 163 PS (120 kW) variant. Additionally the latest Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission system is available for the first time on Ford's large car range and will be standard equipment with the EcoBoost petrol engine, optional for both Duratorq diesels.

A range of innovative new safety and convenience features debut in the Ford range on the new S-MAX and Galaxy, including a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®), and new Rear Door Power Child Lock facility.

More Distinctive Outside
With the new S-MAX and Galaxy, Ford's design team has achieved significant changes to enhance each vehicle's individual and expressive kinetic design styling.

The S-MAX quickly established itself as a car without peers - a sporty, high quality and well-equipped crossover that provides all of the benefits of a people mover, but without sacrificing style or driving enjoyment. The new model maintains this tradition and has been thoughtfully updated with significant detail changes to the exterior including a strongly sculptured bonnet and all-new front facia, emphasised by the bolder graphic of the gloss black lower front trapezoidal grille, which give S-MAX a distinctive new presence on the road. A new lower front bumper which, on high series models, includes distinctive LED daytime running lights (optionally available for Trend series), further strengthens the purposeful new stance.

From the side, S-MAX is instantly recognisable and now stands out even more with its side window profile enhanced by a chrome strip, which surrounds the whole glass area to enhance the car's sleek and sporty lines. The rear of new S-MAX has also been re-designed with a more dynamically profiled tailgate and lower facia and new LED tail lights that extend deep into the rear side flanks, creating an even stronger athletic appearance. Boosting its premium appeal and further distinguishing the new car is a horizontal satin chrome bar, which runs between the LED tail lights and is embossed with the distinctive
S-MAX logo.

The new Galaxy also features a re-designed frontal section, which emphasises its premium-ness and, along with a number of significant other detail revisions, enhance its appeal as Ford's luxurious, full-size seven seat people mover.

A new, more sculptured, bonnet combines with the Galaxy's new front facia design – which incorporates a bolder lower trapezoidal grille with inserts featuring subtle chrome bars - and new-look fog lights to emphasise the Ford 'kinetic design' influence. Ghia and Titanium models are differentiated further with chrome bars in the upper grille as well.

The roof incorporates new bolder integrated silver rails for cross bars, while at the rear, distinctive new LED lights and body-coloured lower facia are standard equipment. Ghia and Titanium series models also receive additional chrome detailing on the side mouldings and door handles.

More Luxurious Inside
As with the revised exterior, real attention to detail and high quality execution are key to the new interiors for both models.

Carefully balanced new colour and material choices deliver a luxurious and dynamic feel, which helps differentiate the individual personality of each model to meet particular customer tastes and requirements.

For both vehicles, the Ford FoldFlatSystem comes as standard for the 2nd and, where fitted, third row of seats.

S-MAX high series models get a new multifunctional overhead console with sunglasses holder and child watch mirror, and a new one-piece panorama roof equipped with power sun blinds. For the first time high series S-MAX models, and all models fitted with the panorama roof, get a new LED interior lighting system.

Music lovers will enjoy the all-new Galaxy and S-MAX Premium Sound System option that is based around an eight-channel amplifier with an overall output of 265 Watts, upgraded speaker system, including additional centre channel speakers in the centre of the dashboard and a large sub-woofer fitted behind the left front seat.

Loading through the rear tailgate is also made easier thanks to a new courtesy light fitted into the inside panel on the liftgate that illuminates when it is opened.

New interior colours, graphics and materials are offered across all series, and have all been chosen to create an overall premium feel while also supporting the individual character of each model.

New Powertrains: EcoBoost SCTi, Duratorq TDCi and PowerShift
Ford's new S-MAX and Galaxy offer a broad selection of the latest Ford powertrain technologies which deliver a combination of fuel efficiency and low emissions while maintaining Ford's renowned driving enjoyment.

These are the first vehicles to offer an all-new Ford 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine, which heralds a new era in Ford's petrol engine development. 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 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 SCTi engine has a maximum output of 203 PS (149kW) at 5,500rpm, 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 0-100km/h
(0-62mph) acceleration in 8.5 seconds (8.8 seconds for the Galaxy) and a top speed of
221 km/h (137 mph) - 217 km/h (135 mph) for the Galaxy.

Yet even with this responsive performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions from the new engine are significantly improved. Compared with the previous previous 161PS 2.3-litre automatic powertrain, CO2 emissions are 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 just 8.11 l/100 km (34.8 mpg)* and an extra urban figure of
6.4 l/100 km (44.1 mpg)*.

At the same time Ford's diesel offering for the new S-MAX and Galaxy has also been significantly improved. The 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine family now complies with Stage V emission regulations and is also available with three power levels - 115, 140 and 163 PS (85, 103 and 120 kW) – for the first time. Engineered to deliver refined performance and low cost of ownership, these new Duratorq TDCi engines also deliver impressive fuel economy and CO2 performance. With a combined consumption of 5.7 l/100 km (49.5 mpg)* and an average CO2 emission of 152 g/km the new S-MAX and Galaxy, with six-speed manual transmission, prove that it is possible to combine driving fun and compelling performance with high efficiency.

The efficient and smooth-changing Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission is a perfect match for both the new petrol direct injection and common rail diesel engines. It is standard with the new EcoBoost SCTi and also available as an option with the 140 and 163 PS (103 and 120 kW) versions of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi.

New Features Further Enhance Safety and Comfort
From the outset the new S-MAX and Galaxy were designed and developed to offer customers a first-class travelling experience and to achieve this, an already compelling range of features in the previous models was updated and broadened for even greater safety and comfort.

The new S-MAX and Galaxy are Ford of Europe's first vehicles to feature the new Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®). This radar-based facility encourages a driver to be even more conscientious in checking over their shoulder by warning of vehicles in their blind spot area. Also, the Adjustable Speed Limiter Device (ASLD) was designed to help drivers set and then not exceed specific speed limits unintentionally – another Ford of Europe first.

Taking full advantage of the CAN Bus system capabilities, Ford now also offers an optional Rear Door Power Child Lock system for S-MAX and Galaxy. Where this option is selected, the rear power window deactivation switch in the driver's door panel also combines with rear door power lock activation.

High series versions of the new S-MAX feature extensive applications of LED technology, with LED daytime running lights as standard (optional on the Trend) and LED illumination inside. Versions fitted with the panorama roof also benefit. High series versions of both the S-MAX and Galaxy are also equipped with a powerful courtesy light located on the lower inside corner of the tailgate to illuminate the load area and all versions of both S-MAX and Galaxy come with LED tail lights as standard.

Another new feature to contribute to 'First Class' travelling comfort is the Premium Sound System, which can be ordered for both S-MAX and Galaxy with High-Nav or Sony Audio system. DAB radio is also an optional feature.

The comfort of passengers in both vehicles was also paramount in enhancing the performance of the climate control system, which now features a new ventilated temperature and humidity sensor mounted in the steering column shroud for more sensitive control of the cabin air.

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 Rear View Camera, Ford Keyless System and the award-winning Ford EasyFuel capless refuelling system.

Jörg Beyer, Vehicle Line Director for Large and Luxury Vehicles, Ford of Europe, said: "The sheer number of milestones we have delivered on, with the new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy in terms of vehicle design, powertrain technology and features is big enough to make you think they are all-new vehicles. Our European Ford flagships deserve this treatment – and we are convinced that our customers will certainly appreciate it."


2. FRESH Design

"The S-MAX and Galaxy were the first Ford production models to introduce key elements of the Ford kinetic design language. This styling approach has evolved over the last few years and has really strengthened the Ford brand. Moreover, the core designs for both S-MAX and Galaxy still look great and continue to represent the Ford oval's kinetic design look to the point where we felt that detail changes to both would further enhance their individual personalities. We've made the S-MAX even sportier and we've stressed the upmarket elegance of the Galaxy. Both cars look even more contemporary and are more luxurious inside."
Martin Smith, Executive Director Design, Ford of Europe

Enhanced Exteriors
The Ford S-MAX and Galaxy are both solid proof of Ford's ability to design and develop individual vehicles with very different personalities yet sharing a single platform.

The design changes made to the exterior of each vehicle for 2010 are specifically focused on enhancing the individual appeal of both models – sportiness for the S-MAX and luxury with space for the Galaxy – while giving them a strong, fresh, look and more premium appeal to complement the extensive list of new technologies and features.

Galaxy
The new Ford Galaxy builds on the original intent to combine a luxurious and roomy interior package with flexibility and a dynamic, on-road stance. Viewed from any angle, the new Galaxy is elegant, yet dynamic, but clearly signals its capabilities as a spacious, seven-seat people mover with the premium appeal of 'First Class Travel'.

The new Galaxy is designed to look even more luxurious. Its new, strongly sculptured, bonnet design further extends a key element of Ford kinetic design, the three-dimensional plan view. The front facia and Galaxy's characteristic double front grilles have been significantly restyled to complement the vehicle's new, more premium feel. The smaller upper grille now features three narrow horizontal chrome finish bars (which are black to signify when Adaptive Cruise Control is selected), while a bolder lower trapezoidal grille brings new Galaxy closer to the family feel of Ford's latest kinetic design cars.

High series Ghia and Titanium models boast additional detailing including subtle chrome bar inserts in the lower grille, as well as a new chrome strip in the bodyside moulding and door handles.

Standard LED rear lights on all series add both elegance and improved night visibility, while a new, integrated, roof rail system adds to the upmarket appearance of the new Galaxy and delivers even better functionality.

A total of 10 metallic and two solid colours are available for the Galaxy, including the elegant new 'Parkside' green – a perfect match for the new light Ghia interior.

The overall result of these changes, when combined with existing elements such as the bold wheel arches and side undercut line, is a fresh take on kinetic design for the biggest model in Ford of Europe's passenger car range and underlines Galaxy's original concept to provide 'First Class Travel.'.

S-MAX
The unique combination of sportiness and functionality has continually set the award-winning S-MAX apart from the crowd since its original launch in 2006. S-MAX has proved that you don't need to compromise driving quality when looking for a large family car, and its dynamic styling and extensive list of premium features have attracted many new customers to the Ford brand.

The new S-MAX takes the car's lasting appeal to a new level. It looks even sportier, more purposeful and dynamic, especially at the front. A re-designed and strongly sculptured three-dimensional bonnet design is combined with a new front facia, which features a bolder lower trapezoidal grille finished in high gloss black plus, for the first time on any Ford of Europe model, LED daytime running lights (standard on Titanium/S series, optional on Trend). S-MAX has a distinctive new presence on the road.

The strong side profile, with its pronounced wheel arches and iconic vents, is further enhanced on high series models by a new chrome strip that frames the characteristically-shaped glass area and enhances its sleek and sporty lines.

The rear of new S-MAX has also received a significant re-design, with the dynamically re-profiled tailgate and lower facia. The standard LED tail and brake lights wrap deeply around the side of the car into the rear quarter panels and S-Max is further distinguished by the horizontal satin-finish, brushed chrome, strip that sits between the rear lights, and which is embossed with the S-MAX logo. A diffuser-style central area, highlighting the S-MAX's sporty intentions, is now incorporated into the lower facia design.

For the ultimate expression of 'energy in motion', the S-MAX Titanium S comes with new, specially-designed, 18-inch alloy wheels and a full body kit, clearly signalling its intent as the most stylish 5+2 seat crossover around.

Matching the long list of external enhancements, S-MAX also benefits from a new colour range offering the choice of 11 metallic and two solid colours, which spans the spectrum from elegant to sporty and includes the stunning four-layer Ice White, which is introduced as an exclusive colour for the new S-MAX.

More Luxury Inside
For the interior of both the new Ford-S-MAX and Galaxy, high quality execution and functionality were key objectives for the design team as they set out to extend the premium feel and comfort of the environment for all occupants.

As with the exterior attention to detail, plus the addition of new features and equipment focused on comfort and luxury, were central to the redesign and differentiating the individual character of each model.

S-MAX
To complement its sporty exterior and versatile crossover capabilities, the interior of the
S-MAX was designed to deliver a comfortable yet sporty driving position, combined with a high level of functionality and flexibility. S-MAX has always offered high levels of standard equipment and features, which have contributed to the vehicle's popularity, and the new model extends this appeal.

The Ford FoldFlatSystem comes as standard for 2nd and, where fitted, 3rd row seats and high series models get a new multifunctional overhead console with sunglasses holder and child watch mirror.

New features available include a one-piece panorama roof with optional new power sunblinds, enhanced interior lighting using LED technology and an all-new Premium Sound System based around an eight-channel amplifier, with an overall output of 265 Watts, upgraded speakers with additional centre unit mounted in the dashboard and a large sub-woofer fitted behind the left front seat. Lighting is also enhanced when loading through the rear tailgate thanks to a powerful new courtesy light fitted into the inside panel on the liftgate that illuminates when it is opened.

Interior colours, graphics and materials for the different trim levels of new S-MAX were chosen to create an overall premium feel, while also supporting the vehicle's sporty character. For the Trend version, the centre console is finished in Triton, with either Ebony or Infinity Blue interior colours and matching fabrics. The instrument panel and door appliqués are in a Monofoil Silver graphic. For Titanium versions a high-gloss 'piano black' centre console is combined with brushed chrome graphics for the instrument panel and door appliqué foils. High-quality Alcantara or leather trim and a woven headliner complete the premium appeal.

Also available are two new S-MAX Individual Interior Styling Packs, which include full leather trim in Havana or Ebony - the design characterized by a blend of different leather textures and special cross stitching effects.

For the Titanium S, the interior colour scheme features a sporty black theme underlined by Ebony partial leather seats with contrasting red stitching and a high-gloss 'piano black' centre console. Instrument panel and door appliqués in a dark 'Carbotex' finish further differentiate this more expressive model.

As is now the norm for all new Ford interiors, materials in the new S-MAX have been selected to meet the TÜV Rheinland Group 'Allergy label' standard, and final certification tests are shortly due to be completed.

Galaxy
The Ford Galaxy is Ford of Europe's largest car and provides all the space and luxury a family of up to seven people needs for a safe, comfortable journey.

Central to Galaxy's success is its interior functionality and space. A more upright 'command' driving position, the large glass area and raised seating for all occupants, are key to Galaxy's individual personality and its overall roominess has been enhanced by introducing a re-designed centre console with increased stowage capability and an integrated armrest. A long overhead console, standard on high series models, adds significantly to the extensive stowage opportunities and functionality of the Galaxy.

The seven-seat Galaxy includes Ford's FoldFlatSystem for second and third row seats as standard. A range of new interior trims and environment colours is introduced, designed to contribute to the feeling of 'first class' family space and comfort. As with S-MAX, the Trend version has a centre console executed in Triton and matched with an Ebony environment, with the instrument panel and door appliqués in Monofoil Silver graphic, while the Titanium model combines a high-gloss black centre console with brushed chrome graphics. Unique fabrics for Trend, and Alcantara for Titanium, help to differentiate each series.

Additionally, the Titanium series can be upgraded with Alcantara and partial leather trim or new and enhanced 'Windsor' leather trim. Ebony full leather trim in a special design is also available as part of the new Galaxy Individual Interior Styling Pack - the blend of different leather textures and 'hand stitched' effect giving the Galaxy interior a very special appearance.

The Galaxy range includes a unique Ghia model, which is a contemporary execution of the classic Ford luxury theme. With a high-gloss black centre console and instrument panel, and door appliqués in a stylish black 'Mercury Wood' effect, the customer can choose between Ebony or contrasting 'Biscuit' light Beige interior environments and seat trim colours. With the Ebony option there is a choice of specially designed fabrics or rich, high quality leather, while 'Biscuit' comes exclusively with the new and enhanced Windsor leather trim.

A woven headliner and cloth-trimmed pillars add to the new Galaxy's first class travelling ambience.


3. NEW Powertrain technology

"EcoBoost is Ford's new global family of efficient petrol engines. New Galaxy and S-MAX are the first models in Europe to adopt this technology. The 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi combines petrol direct- injection, turbocharging and twin variable camshaft timing to deliver a great blend of efficiency, low emissions and performance feel. These characteristics are further enhanced by the standardisation of the silky smooth Ford PowerShift transmission. These new powertrain technologies plus our improved 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engines introduce a year of new technology and innovation from Ford of Europe, and will also be available for the Ford Mondeo from Spring 2010."
Graham Hoare, Executive Director Powertrain, Ford of Europe

Ford EcoBoost
Ford Motor Company's latest family of engines features direct petrol injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing to maximise combustion efficiency, resulting in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 20 per cent compared to conventional petrol engines with a similar power output.

"Our new family of Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engines coming in 2010 is a key element of Ford Motor Company's global Blueprint for Sustainability," said John Fleming, Chairman & CEO, Ford of Europe.

"We believe that these engines will provide customers with a genuinely attractive alternative to diesel or hybrid power units, delivering highly competitive fuel economy and cost-of-ownership, along with the responsive performance and wide rev range which have made petrol engines the favoured choice for so many drivers," Fleming added.

The range of 4-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engines for European products will launch with the 2.0-litre unit for new Galaxy and S-MAX early in 2010. The engines will be known as EcoBoost SCTi (sequential charge turbo injection) and, in addition to new S-MAX and Galaxy, the Ford Mondeo will also be available with the new 2.0-litre unit from early in 2010, while later in 2010 a 1.6-litre unit will be launched in the all-new Ford C-MAX.

An additional advanced, small-capacity Ford EcoBoost engine will be introduced later to expand the range of applications within Ford's small and medium car line-up.

Ford Motor Company's global EcoBoost engine family is the cornerstone of the Company's near-term sustainability plan to deliver high-volume, affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles that customers around the world both want and value.

By 2012, the company plans to produce globally 1.3 million EcoBoost engines annually - 750,000 of these in the U.S, where availability of turbo-diesel engines in passenger cars is less widespread. By 2013, Ford expects to offer EcoBoost engines in 90 per cent of its global product lineup

The core strategy behind EcoBoost is downsizing petrol engines to use less fuel, combined with the use of turbocharging and other powertrain technologies to deliver significantly improved fuel economy and torque plus the power of a larger engine.

The EcoBoost revolution is already underway in North America. Ford recently started production there of its first EcoBoost engine, which is also the first gasoline direct-injection twin-turbocharged engine to be manufactured in North America.

This 3.5-litre EcoBoost V-6 offers similar power, but better fuel economy, than V-8 competitors and is offered in the new Ford Taurus SHO with 370 PS and in the 2010 Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and MKT models with 360 PS and a responsive 475 Nm of torque across a broad rpm range.

In addition, Ford has confirmed that its new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine will be available globally, launching in North America in 2010 and, for its first rear-wheel drive application, in the Ford Falcon in Australia from 2011.

"With the 2.0-litre engine catering for applications of 200 PS and above, the 1.6-litre engine spanning the 150-180 PS range, and the small-capacity unit meeting the demand for engines in the sub-130 PS segment, over time we will offer a high-efficiency low-CO2 Ford EcoBoost engine for all of our major European vehicle lines," said Fleming.

Opportunity to Downsize
A key advantage of the Ford EcoBoost approach is the ability to downsize engine capacity, so that larger naturally-aspirated engines can be replaced by much smaller units without sacrificing power output.

The performance boost offered by turbocharging typically results in a 50 per cent increase in torque, so there is a significant opportunity to downsize capacity while still providing a potential performance benefit.

The advantages of downsizing include improved efficiency through reduced internal friction, lower pumping losses, and lighter weight – which also makes the engine warm up more quickly. This helps to ensure that the real-world fuel economy benefits of Ford EcoBoost engines are delivered in all driving conditions, including both city and highway driving.

European Production
Production of the two initial Ford EcoBoost engines for European vehicles will be spread across two different locations within Ford's powertrain manufacturing network. The 2.0-litre unit will be produced at the Valencia Engine Plant in Spain, while the 1.6-litre engine will be made at the Bridgend Engine Plant in the United Kingdom.

The future advanced small-displacement Ford EcoBoost engine will be produced both at the Cologne Engine Plant in Germany and at the new Craiova Engine Plant in Romania.

In Detail: New Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre SCTi
The Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre SCTi petrol engine is an all-new state-of-the-art four cylinder design providing Ford's European medium- and large-car line-up with a new high-efficiency power unit providing power outputs of over 200 PS.

With a lightweight all-aluminium construction, latest generation high-pressure direct-injection system, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing, the 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi features an advanced combustion system, which brings new levels of performance and fuel efficiency to petrol engines in this power range.

Initially to be installed in the new S-MAX and Galaxy, plus the Ford Mondeo, the 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine has a maximum output of 203 PS (149kW) at 5,500rpm, combined with maximum torque of 300 Nm delivered across a broad 1,750–4,500 rpm range.

It is available exclusively with the six-speed Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch automatic transmission, providing drivers with a powertrain which combines outstanding performance and efficiency with supreme refinement.

The S-MAX with the new powertrain achieves 0-100km/h (0-62mph) acceleration in 8.5 seconds (8.8 seconds for the Galaxy), whiletop speed is 221 km/h (137 mph) for S-MAX and 217 km/h (135 mph) for the Galaxy.

Even with such responsive performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also significantly improved with the new EcoBoost SCTi engine. Compared to the previous 161PS 2.3-litre automatic powertrain of the original S-MAX, CO2 emissions are 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 just 8.11 l/100 km (34.8 mpg)*, and an extra urban 6.4 l/100 km (44.1 mpg)*.

Ford EcoBoost Benefits
Ford Powertrain engineers have maximised the economy and emissions improvements delivered in Ford EcoBoost engines by creating a new combustion system, which combines the benefits of three critical elements: high-pressure direct-fuel-injection, advanced turbocharging and twin independent variable valve timing.

While each of these features has potential technical advantages on its own, deploying all three together brings significantly enhanced performance and results in a much more efficient combustion process across the full engine operating range.

This enables Ford EcoBoost technology to provide customers with many of the benefits offered by the latest diesel engines, while retaining the driving character and cost advantages of a petrol unit.

The primary benefits delivered by the Ford EcoBoost design approach include:
  • optimised engine efficiency – fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 20 per cent
  • greater driving enjoyment – strong low-end torque and responsive performance across the full rev range
  • opportunity to downsize – large-engine performance, but with the size, weight and fuel economy of a much smaller unit
The technology featured in Ford EcoBoost engines builds on existing petrol engine knowledge, and offers customers a more affordable alternative to reduce carbon emissions than equivalent hybrid or diesel engine designs.

Optimised Engine Efficiency
The reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions achieved by Ford EcoBoost engines is the result of a combustion system which burns the fuel in the most efficient and cleanest way possible.

At its heart is the latest-generation high pressure direct-injection system which injects fuel into each cylinder in small, precise amounts. The 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine features side-mounted seven-hole injectors which operate at 150 bar, using a system which directs the individual fuel plumes exactly where they are needed for efficient combustion.

Compared to conventional fuel injection, direct-injection produces a cooler and denser charge, enabling the 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine to operate with a higher compression ratio and increased boost from the turbocharger, resulting in improved fuel efficiency and strong low-end performance.

Greater Driving Enjoyment
To maximise driver enjoyment, Ford EcoBoost engines deliver the same strong low-end torque which has made the latest diesel engines so popular, combined with refined and responsive performance across the full engine speed range.

This is made possible by using advanced turbocharger technology, with small, low-inertia rotors that spin at speeds in excess of 200,000rpm. The turbines are carefully selected to ensure that maximum torque can be achieved at 1,500rpm or lower, with the absolute minimum of delay when the driver wants quick acceleration in traffic.

The charge cooling benefit of direct-injection plays an additional part in boosting performance at low engine speeds. Variable valve timing further enhances this through a 'scavenging' effect, which increases air flow through the engine and maximises low-end torque.

Low-Inertia Turbocharger for Responsive Performance
Careful matching of the turbo charger ensures that Ford EcoBoost engines remain powerful and responsive at speeds in excess of 5,000rpm, providing a much wider spread of power than a typical diesel unit.

To maximise driver enjoyment the 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine delivers the same strong low-end torque that has made latest-generation diesel engines so popular, combined with refined and responsive performance across the full engine speed range.

This is made possible by using advanced turbocharger technology with a small, low inertia, rotor that spin at speeds in excess of 200,000rpm. The 2.0-litre engine features a Borg Warner K03 turbocharger with optimised design to ensure that maximum torque is achieved at very low engine revs (1,500rpm), with the absolute minimum of delay (or 'turbo-lag') when the driver wants quick acceleration in traffic.

While the 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi unit has outstanding responsiveness at low engine speeds, careful turbo matching ensures that this has not been achieved at the expense of a wide, flexible power band and effortless top-end performance. For example, the driver can call upon 90 per cent of peak torque between 1,400 and 5,500rpm. This broad spread of power also enables higher gearing to be used, further benefiting fuel economy and refinement.

Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing Enhances Efficiency
The 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine features independently variable timing on both intake and exhaust camshafts, optimising gas flow through the combustion chamber at all engine speeds. The TiVCT (Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing) system plays a significant role in improving engine efficiency and performance, particularly at partial loading.

The use of TiVCT has also allowed Ford's EcoBoost engineers to further enhance low-end torque by exploiting a 'scavenging' effect. Scavenging takes advantage of pressure differences between the intake and exhaust manifolds to increase the flow of cooler, fresh air through the engine at low speeds, generating increased torque and helping the turbo to spin up more quickly.

The TiVCT system uses vane-type actuators driven by oil pressure, and can vary the camshaft angle by 50 degrees on both the intake and exhaust valves.

Optimised Design Reduces CO2 Emissions
The 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine is an all-new design which has been developed with the latest powertrain technology to deliver outstanding performance and reliability.

It has a lightweight all-aluminium construction, with an extremely stiff and light precision sand-cast cylinder block and ladder-type, cast-aluminium, bedplate. The cylinder head is a sixteen-valve DOHC design with chain-driven camshafts operating direct-acting shimless mechanical tappets.

Engine design has been optimised for maximum operating efficiency, with a particular focus on minimising friction and other parasitic losses. Specific features include the use of special low-friction coatings on the piston rings and highly polished surfaces on the tappets.

Because the 2.0-litre SCTi engine is downsized compared with the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine it replaces, this brings additional efficiency advantages from reduced internal friction, lower pumping losses, lighter weight and quicker warm up. This helps to ensure that the real-world fuel economy benefits of the engine are delivered in all driving conditions, including both city and motorway driving.

To ensure that optimum engine performance is maintained at all times, a state-of-the-art electronic management system monitors all key variables including the TiVCT system, turbo boost, electronic throttle position, ignition timing, fuel-injection pressure and delivery, and the knock sensor. The controller operates in real time, taking data samples from the engine thousands of times per second.

Meeting the Toughest Global Emissions Standards
Each element of the advanced combustion system design on the 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine – including the design of the intake and exhaust ports, the combustion chamber shape, the injection spray pattern and the air motion – has been meticulously developed, not only to provide outstanding fuel efficiency, but also to meet the most stringent global emissions requirements.

The engine is fully compliant with the latest European Stage V regulations and has also been designed to meet Californian PZEV (partial zero emission vehicles) or other Federal standards.

A key factor is the engine's ability to heat up the exhaust catalyst extremely quickly during critical cold start conditions. This is achieved by optimising the valve timing using the TiVCT system and using the capability of the fuel injection system to deliver multiple injections per combustion cycle.

Cold start performance is also enhanced by the unique fabricated design of the exhaust manifold, which integrates the turbocharger scroll. The manifold's two-skin design absorbs less heat than a conventional cast manifold, so that more heat is transferred into the catalyst.

Comprehensive Powertrain Range
In addition to the new 2.0 litre EcoBoost SCTi engine, a broad range of different Stage V compliant diesel and petrol powertrains is available for the new S-MAX and Galaxy models.

Significantly Improved 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi
The 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine has been reworked to match Stage V emission regulations and is now available with either 115 or 140PS as well as a new 163 PS version (85, 103 and 120 kW). The two most powerful engines are also available with the optional Ford PowerShift six-speed double-clutch transmission.

To meet strict Stage V emission levels, Ford's Duratorq TDCi engine was comprehensively revised. New solenoid fuel injectors, now with eight smaller holes, work with an injection pressure of 2,000 bar for improved fuel atomisation, compared with the former six-hole piezo injectors and lower 1,800 bar maximum pressure. To align with this new pressure, the combustion-chamber bowl has also been redesigned and a new engine control module, with new calibration, has been fitted to give more flexibility on pilot injections. All of these modifications not only result in lower emissions and CO2 output, but also deliver a reduced injection noise and overall better combustion noise level, despite the higher injection pressure.

An improved turbocharger design with revised inlet duct for faster response, a high-efficiency EGR cooler and a new coated Diesel Particulate Filter (cDPF), also contribute to meeting the latest emission levels, saving fuel and reducing CO2 as well as providing new torque and power levels. Being the most powerful 2.0-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi so far, the new 163 PS (120 kW) engine offers peak torque of 340 Nm at 2.000 rpm.

With this engine and standard six-speed manual transmission, both the new S-MAX and Galaxy deliver a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in under 10 seconds (9.5 seconds for the S-MAX, 9.8 seconds for the Galaxy) and both also break the 200 km/h barrier (205 km/h / 127.4 mph for the S-MAX, 203 km/h / 126.1 mph for the Galaxy).

But the improvements are not only about torque and power. The new 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engines also deliver impressive fuel economy and CO2 performance. With a combined 5.7 l/100 km (49.5 mpg)* and average CO2 emission of 152 g/km both the new S-MAX and Galaxy, with manual six-speed transmission, prove that it is possible to combine driving fun and compelling performance with high efficiency.

With the combination of Duratorq TDCi engine (140 or 163 PS) and Ford Powershift, combined fuel economy is set at a low 6.0 l/100 km (47 mpg)*, with an average CO2 emission level of just 159 g/km.

2.0-litre Duratec HE Meets Stage V In All Versions
As an affordable alternative, a 2.0-litre normally-aspirated petrol engine is also available. The 145 PS (107 kW) Duratec HE was upgraded to Stage V compliance towards the end of last year and for the new S-MAX and Galaxy, a FlexiFuel version – capable of running on E85 bio ethanol or and any blend of E85 with regular super petrol - is also available, meeting this strict emission level.

Ford PowerShift: Easy and Efficient
"With the new Ford PowerShift we are introducing the transmission of the future. This automatic six-speed double-clutch unit provides the efficiency of a manual and the full comfort of an automatic with sophisticated dynamics thanks to uninterrupted torque from the double-clutch technology. It is therefore perfectly suited to the new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy. The Ford PowerShift transmission also provides an excellent basis for integrating future drive concepts."
Patrick Oldani, Manager Automatic Transmission, Ford of Europe

After the successful introduction of the Ford PowerShift transmission in the Ford Focus and C-MAX models in early 2008, this state-of-the-art technology is now extended to the new-generation Ford S-MAX and Galaxy. The new generation six-speed double-clutch transmission combines the efficiency and driving dynamics of a manual transmission with the ease of operation of a premium automatic transmission.

Ford PowerShift is fitted as standard equipment with the new 203 PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine – creating a high-tech combination that will deliver new levels of fuel efficiency and low CO2, but is still fun to drive. Ford PowerShift can also be specified as an option with the 140 and 163 PS power levels of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi common rail turbo-diesel engine. In either case, Ford PowerShift demonstrates clearly that driving pleasure does not have to result in high CO2 emission levels.

The Ford PowerShift transmission, developed by Getrag Ford Transmissions GmbH as a 50:50 Ford/GETRAG joint venture, essentially consists of two layshaft transmissions working in parallel, each with its own wet-clutch unit. Thanks to the layout of the intermediate shafts – one carrying the 'uneven' gears 1, 3 and 5, and the other the 'even' gears 2, 4 and 6 – subsequent gear changes can be prepared by pre-selecting the next gear while in motion and at full power. The change then takes place through the opposed activation of both clutches, this being co-ordinated to avoid torque interruption.

In contrast to conventional automatic transmissions, the basic technical configuration of the Ford PowerShift transmission offers numerous advantages. It does not, for instance, require any complex sub-systems such as torque converters, planetary gear sets, multiple wet-clutches and multiple bands – all of which significantly reduce gearbox efficiency through increased inertia and drag torque effects.

The result is impressive. Ford PowerShift provides the operational ease and convenience of a conventional automatic transmission, coupled with the performance of a manual, while also delivering fast, sporty and notably smooth shifts. A further advantage is its high torque capacity and choice of ratios, which make Ford Powershift an ideal partner for modern high performance diesel engines.

Homologated fuel economy data for the 203 PS 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost SCTi engine paired with Ford PowerShift clearly demonstrates how efficient a modern powertrain combination with automatic transmission can be. The new S-MAX and Galaxy with this state-of-the-art powertrain deliver a combined fuel economy of just 8.1 l/100 km (34.8 mpg)*, with an average CO2 emission of just 189 g/km. With the combination of Duratorq TDCi engine (140 or 163 PS) and Ford Powershift, combined fuel economy is even lower at 6.0 l/100 km (47 mpg)*, with an average CO2 emission level of just 159 g/km, compared to 189 g/km with today's 140 PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi with regular six-speed automatic transmission.

When integrating the Ford PowerShift transmission into the new S-MAX and Galaxy range, particular attention was paid to maximising the abundant available torque of the 2.0 -litre Ford EcoBoost SCTi and Duratorq TDCi engines. The system has been calibrated to deliver a shifting strategy that excludes as far as possible wasteful double-shifts – for example, reverse switching of gears 5-4-3 when high acceleration is required.

"This calibration offers our customers many advantages because the lowering of the relative engine speed level has a particularly positive effect on fuel consumption and driving comfort. And thanks to the high torque reserves of the engine over a broad torque spectrum, we can deliver enthusiastic performance," explains Oldani.

For a driver, using the Ford PowerShift transmission is as simple and easy as a conventional automatic transmission, with a standard automatic gear lever in the centre console and the usual P, R, N and D settings available.

When the D (Drive) setting is selected, the gear lever can also be moved to its right and into another adjacent position which facilitates manual gear selection for greater performance. In fully automatic mode the enjoyment of relaxed driving is the same as for a conventional, high-quality automatic transmission, particularly in terms of start response and 'creep' characteristics.

In developing the new Ford PowerShift transmission and pairing it with the EcoBoost engine, a significant number of special technical solutions were implemented to improve packaging and ease of use.

The transmission hardware is constructed around a parallel arrangement for the double wet-clutch system, which not only offers significant advantages in terms of the cooling of the clutch units when compared to integrated designs, but also contributes - in combination with an all-new connection to the crankshaft, a claw design – to providing a very compact overall length for the transmission unit.

Special efforts to further minimise fuel consumption were implemented with the PowerShift system calibration: the 'neutral idle control' feature reduces drag torque for the engine when the vehicle is stationary with the gear shifter in the D position and the brakes are applied.

Controlled by a brake sensor, the clutch units are partially opened to reduce drag torque when compared to the conventional 'creep' mode with brakes not applied. Another advantage of this set-up is that despite the reduced drag torque, the internal oil circuit of the system still has enough oil pressure to allow a completely smooth and immediate vehicle launch.


4. DISTINCT Series; NEW features FOR COMFORT AND SAFETY

"S-MAX and Galaxy have had very targeted series and high levels of feature availability from the very beginning. Both the stylish sportiness of the S-MAX and the 'first class family space and comfort' approach of the Galaxy are now further upgraded in the latest models with more new features and higher equipment levels to exceed customer expectations."
Klaus Scherzer, Brand Manager Large and Luxury vehicles, Ford of Europe

Series Line-Up
The new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy continue to be two separate and individual models despite being based on one common vehicle platform. To reflect and stress these unique vehicle personalities and to meet the specific needs and tastes of their differing target customer groups, both models have their own tailored series line-ups.

"With Galaxy we've historically seen around than 60 per cent of our customers choosing the high series models, and this rises with S-MAX to almost 70 percent. This is clear proof of the strength of our series line-up for both vehicles and we are convinced that with the enhancements we have made to the new models we will see this trend continue," said Scherzer.

New S-MAX is available as Trend, Titanium and Titanium S series to endorse its unique sporty character. The new Galaxy is available in Trend, Ghia and Titanium series, with Ghia designed to epitomise the model's traditional 'first class luxury' characteristics.

For both vehicles the entry-level Trend series offers a very comprehensive equipment level, including Ford FoldFlatSystem seating practicality, the enhanced Ford Intelligent Protection System featuring seven airbags, standard ESP (in most markets) and a host of other comfort features to enhance the travel experience.

As is usual with Ford vehicles, customers also have the opportunity to tailor their vehicle to specific individual needs and tastes – choosing one of the comprehensive equipment packs available in their market including the 'Titanium X'-pack - by selecting single option items or FCSD (Ford Customer Service Division) accessories, or even by opting for the attractive Ford Individual packs.

Series Choice

Ford S-MAX Trend
Though S-MAX Trend is positioned as the entry level model in the range, it is far from basic in specification. S-MAX Trend customers can expect to find a comprehensively equipped five-seat vehicle with a high level of standard features including Dual EATC climate control, power-operated front and rear windows, front sport bolster seats and full Ford FoldFlatSystem functionality for the second row of seats, and of course the fully advanced Ford Intelligent Protection System, which includes seven on-board airbags. Also fitted as standard equipment are LED rear and brake lights, driver and passenger front seat lumbar adjustment and central locking with two remote "flip" keys.

Ford S-MAX Titanium
S-MAX Titanium emphasises the 'modern techno' appeal of this stylish vehicle. Standard 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome surrounds for the lower grille and side window area provide a premium sporty appearance that is further enhanced by front LED daytime running lights. The Titanium interior is premium both in feel and appearance, with unique optional partial leather, Alcantara or full leather trims, as well as instrument panel and door appliqués with metal finish foils and stainless steel scuff plates for the front doors. These details enhance the car's sporty character, while details like the large overhead console with capacious stowage space, a child watch mirror, enhanced interior lighting with LED technology, powerful new luggage area courtesy lights and front ambience lighting, all add attractive functionality. Also cruise control, a solar reflect windscreen and Ford's unique Convers+ cluster come as standard with Titanium series.

Ford S-MAX Titanium S
The ultimate expression of S-MAX sportiness is the Titanium S. On top of the already extensive Titanium specification, the 'S' adds 18-inch alloy wheels and sport suspension, complemented by a body styling kit with a unique lower front grille, sporty front lower valance panel, rocker panels, a rear spoiler and lower rear bumper with integrated rear diffuser. Unique partial leather trim with contrasting red stitching, a piano black centre console and 'Carbotex' door appliqués as well as dark tinted privacy glass, all contribute to the overall dramatic appearance. The standard Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) also contributes to a comprehensive list of standard features for the S-MAX Titanium S.

Ford Galaxy Trend
The Galaxy Trend offers a high level of standard equipment to support its role as the lead-in model, yet still provides unrivalled family space and comfort. The contemporary mainstream Galaxy Trend comes equipped with the Ford FoldFlatSystem functionality for second and third row seats, a new and standard Integrated Roof Rail system and comfort features including DEATC dual zone automatic air-conditioning, remote-controlled locking with two "flip" keys and reading/map lights for 1st and 2nd seat row occupants. The advanced Ford Intelligent Protection System is also standard on Galaxy Trend and includes seven on board airbags.

Ford Galaxy Ghia
The Galaxy Ghia epitomises a contemporary execution of Ford's classic luxury approach. External differences over the Trend series include chrome finish for the lower grille bars, door lines and bodyside mouldings, as well as chrome door and tailgate handles. Combined with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, the chrome brightwork provides an elegant and premium appearance. On the inside there is a choice of dedicated Ghia trims – available in Ebony fabric or full leather trim, or new 'Biscuit' light beige with full leather trim – and with ebony 'Mercury Wood' effect appliqués for the instrument panel and doors as well as a piano black-finished centre console. An enhanced interior lighting system, with additional reading/map lights for the 3rd row, front ambience lighting, footwell lights and the powerful new luggage area courtesy lights underline the difference. Other additional features include a woven headlining with cloth-trimmed B and C pillars, a full length overhead console including child watch mirror, an additional rear air-conditioning system, a solar reflect windscreen, auto lighting and rain sensing wipers.

Ford Galaxy Titanium
Following requests from customers all over Europe, a Titanium series was developed for the new Galaxy from the outset. The Galaxy Titanium blends luxury with a 'modern techno' feel resulting in an elegant yet contemporary treatment. External features include a dedicated 17-inch alloy wheel design and privacy glass. Inside, the Galaxy Titanium gets brushed metal appliqués, sport seats and the Ford Convers+ HMI (Human Machine Interface) instrument cluster.

New Features for Greater Safety And Comfort
"The S-MAX and Galaxy are Ford of Europe's flagship products and with the new models we set out to take an already very comprehensive equipment and specification list to the next level. We believe the new S-MAX and Galaxy will exceed customer expectations in technology, safety and comfort features."
Nick FitzGerald, Chief Program Engineer Ford S-MAX and Galaxy

The new S-MAX and Galaxy were both designed and developed to offer customers a first-class travelling experience. To meet this target, the already impressive range of features of previous models was comprehensively updated and broadened for even more safety and comfort.

New features – notably a Blind Spot Detection System, Adjustable Speed Limiting Device and Rear Door Power Locks - make their European Ford debut and improve safety and convenience, while features like the new Premium Sound System and Rear View Camera enhance the overall driving experience. Ford's award-winning EasyFuel capless refuelling system is easy to use and designed to prevent potentially expensive mistakes at the filling station.

In Detail: New Features for S-MAX And Galaxy

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®)
The new S-MAX and Galaxy are Ford of Europe's first vehicles to feature a new Blind Spot Information System, known as BLIS®. This radar-based system encourages the driver to be even more conscientious when checking for passing vehicles by alerting them to any adjacent vehicle in the driver's blind spot zones on both left and right sides of the vehicle.

This feature uses two multiple-beam radar modules located on the outer corners of the rear bumper. The radar identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an LED indicator light on the corresponding side view mirror, providing the driver with a warning that a vehicle is passing by. The defined blind spot ranges from the sideside mirror to around three metres behind the vehicle's rear, with a side range of about three metres as well.

The system will automatically operate from speeds as low as 10 km/h – a much broader operational range than other comparable systems currently available on the market.

Adjustable Speed Limiter Device (ASLD)
The Adjustable Speed Limiter Device (ASLD) is another new driver assistance system being given its debut in the 2010 Ford S-MAX and Galaxy range. ASLD can be specified in conjunction with Cruise Control or Adaptive Cruise Control and either the latest 140 and 163PS 2.0-litre diesel and EcoBoost engines. It was designed to help drivers avoid exceeding certain speeds unintentionally and will not only help keep the driver from breaking legal speed limits, but also assist them to avoid reaching speeds that they personally consider inappropriate.

By using enhanced Cruise Control switches on the steering wheel, a driver can freely adjust his personal top speed limit within a range of 30 to 180 km/h. When the vehicle reaches a pre-set top speed limit the engine management system intervenes to prevent further acceleration of the vehicle so that the chosen speed limit is not exceeded.

This system specifically works without brake intervention, so it may be possible for the vehicle to exceed the chosen speed limit on a downhill road, where the drag momentum of the engine is insufficient to limit the speed. In this instance the driver receives an immediate flashing speed indicator warning light in the centre display, combined with an audio warning.

But, even with ASLD in active mode, it is still possible for the driver to override a chosen speed limit if required - to overtake for instance - by pressing on the accelerator. The system recognises the drivers' intent as the throttle is opened wide and the ASLD temporarily de-activates. Once the vehicle speed drops back under the chosen speed limit, the ASLD automatically re-activates again.

ASLD is available, combined with cruise control or Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) systems, on those new S-MAX and Galaxy models equipped with the new Stage V compliant 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi or 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engines. It is planned to make the feature available with other engines in the near future.


Rear Door Power Child Locks
Taking full advantage of the Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus system capabilities, Ford now offers an optional Rear Door Power Child Lock system for the new S-MAX and Galaxy. Where this option is taken, the rear power window deactivation switch in the driver's door panel also operates a rear door power lock. Adding to the regular mechanical rear door child lock, this feature offers S-MAX and Galaxy customers more flexibility and convenience in providing additional safety to rear seated children.

LED Daytime Running Lights
High series versions of the new Ford S-MAX come with distinctive LED daytime running lights as standard. This feature underlines the sporty character of the S-MAX and also provides additional vehicle visibility.

Located on each side between the front lights and bumper vent, this four-LED unit enhances the sporty appeal of the new S-MAX and creates a unique appearance. By making use of latest LED technology the power consumption of the daytime running lights is limited and has virtually no effect on fuel consumption.

The LED daytime running lights are also available as an option on S-MAX Trend or, as with Galaxy models, by using the regular front lights in a dimmed mode, according to local safety requirements, a similar daytime running light effect can be achieved.

LED Tail Lights
All versions of the new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy come with LED tail lights as standard and the S-MAX additionally gets LED brake lights. By applying this bright and long-lasting light technology, the new rear light units contribute clearly to visibility and add an attractive night time appearance.

Enhanced Interior Lighting
LED technology has also found its way to the interior of the new Ford S-MAX. Standard on high series S-MAX and every S-MAX fitted with a panorama roof, the enhanced interior lightin