Both MPVs can now be configured with Ford’s 2.0-litre Ecoblue diesel engine, which is available in 118bhp, 148bhp or 187bhp turbocharged forms, or as a range-topping twin-turbocharged unit with 237bhp. This can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Ford says these new engines are quieter and more fuel efficient than the outgoing Duratorq versions, and that the eight-speed auto delivers smoother shifts than the six-speed Powershift system used previously.
The cars also gain an improved blindspot monitoring system that can detect oncoming vehicles from further away and windscreen washers that have been relocated to the wiper arms for more effective cleaning, while those with the automatic gearbox also get adaptive cruise control with a stop/start function. UK-spec cars have also had the electronic parking brake relocated to the driver’s side of the centre console.
The Vignale version of the S-Max and models equipped with the 237bhp twin-turbo engine get active noise cancellation to reduce how much engine noise is audible inside. ST-Line S-Max models gain red brake callipers, and both the S-Max and Galaxy can now be ordered in Chrome Blue and Diffuse Silver colours.
The new diesel models are available to order now, with the S-Max priced from £26,470 and the Galaxy from £31,295.