Last fall, the midsize vans Ford Galaxy and S-Max survived the last in its history, technical update, and now cosmetic. The successors of these models will not.
In the last year became aware of the fact that the current generation of minivans Ford Galaxy and S-Max will be the last one, but American company nevertheless decided to update these less popular models. In the first half of 2019, the Galaxy and S-Max found a couple in Europe, only 19 339 buyers, while a pair of Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan – 23 683. Another conventional competitors include the Renault Espace: the manufacturer positions it as a crossover, but sales is not helping – only sold 5928 units. In General, the mid-size segment MPV has long been considered Europe’s depressed, and it is not surprising that the producers run out of it. In the case of Ford minivans reduction due to the crisis of the European strategy, requiring thinning of the lineup and the closure of several factories.
Last fall, Galaxy and S-Max got more environmentally friendly urea 2.0-liter turbo diesel EcoBlue (available in 150, 190 and 240 HP), and replaced the 6-speed “robot” PowerShift with two clutches came 8-speed hydromechanical automatic transmission. Curiously, the selector of modes of “automatic machine” now made in the form of washer – a decision from which other manufacturers (particularly Jaguar Land Rover) has refused. In addition, within the last year Galaxy/S-Max received a fresh signature multimedia system Ford SYNC 3 with support for smartphone interfaces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
This week, Ford introduced a cosmetic and acquisition of new things for the Galaxy and S-Max. The minivan is now a different design of the front with larger radiator grille and bumper compound with curly squiggles under reduced in size foglights. Available to order several new variants of the design of the rims, and the interior is slightly refined materials.
Luxury Vignale version is now available not only for the S-Max and Galaxy, and for the Trend and Titanium trim levels, there are new orthopaedic front seats with elektroregulirovkami 18. The multimedia system has got FordPass Connect add-in that allows you to share Wi-Fi from ten devices to do remote diagnostics of the vehicle and warn the driver about road hazards, which are outside the field of view of electronic assistants.
The restyled Ford Galaxy and S-Max is already available for order in Europe.