Following last year’s announcement, Ford has launched the new S-Max Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid in Europe.
The two MPVs pack the same powertrain as the Kuga Hybrid, namely a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine mated to the brand’s latest-gen power-split transmission, an electric motor and a 1.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that allows them to drive on zero emissions for short periods of time.
The self-charging powertrain puts out 190 PS (187 HP / 140 kW) for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration of 9.8 seconds, 0.7 seconds slower than the Kuga Hybrid, and is backed up by regenerative braking that recovers up to 90 percent of the energy normally lost during deceleration.
On the WLTP cycle, the S-Max Hybrid delivers 6.4 l/100 km (44.1 mpg UK / 36.8 mpg US) and emits 146-147 g/km of CO2. It has a total towing capacity of 1,750 kg (3,858 lbs) in the five-seat variant, and 1,560 kg (3,439 lbs) as a seven-seater. The Galaxy Hybrid returns 6.4-6.5 l/100 km (44.1-43.5 mpg UK / 36.8-36.2 mpg US), emits 148-149 g/km of CO2, and does the 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 10.0 seconds.
As the battery is positioned under the boot floor by rerouting the exhaust system, the S-Max Hybrid offers up to 2,200 liters (77.7 cu-ft) of cargo capacity with all seats folded down, and 285 liters (10 cu-ft) behind the third row. It can haul objects up to almost 1 meter (39 in) tall and more than 1 meter (39 in) wide between the rear wheel housings. The Galaxy Hybrid has a load volume of 2,339 liters (82.6 cu-ft) behind the first row and 300 liters (10.6 cu-ft) with all seats in place.
Both the S-Max and Galaxy hybrids have special interfaces in the available 10-inch digital instrument cluster, standard FordPass Connect modem, remote door lock/unlock, vehicle status and locator, electrically adjustable front seats for the Trend and Titanium trim levels with heating/cooling and massage functions in the Vignale, and optional electric tailgate.
The two hybrid MPVs are put together at Ford’s Valencia plant in Spain.