Ford has taken the wraps off the all-new, third-generation Galaxy MPV. It is, essentially, a more generously proportioned version of the S-MAX, with a high-roofed body and seven full-size seats.
Like the S-MAX, the new Ford Galaxy’s chassis is derived from the Mondeo’s platform. Indeed, the Galaxy shares pretty much everything with its sleeker sibling.
So, it has the same range of EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engines – the latter, which will account for the vast majority of sales, range from 118bhp to 207bhp outputs.
The suspension has been upgraded with stiffer front knuckles and a sophisticated integral link rear setup, which should make it one of best handling full-size MPVs around.
Electric power steering combines with Torque Steer Compensation and Active Nibble Compensation(!) to filter out any unwanted feedback. It comes with variable-ratio adaptive steering, as well.
There’s the expected flotilla of safety systems, including Ford’s new Intelligent Speed Limiter, which scans road signs to determine the speed limit and won’t exceed it, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, cross-traffic alert and split-view front camera system for blind junctions.
Of course, practicality is the main consideration with an MPV and the Galaxy has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Second- and third-row passengers get more space; those seats fold flat at the touch of a button; the second-row tilts and slides for back-row access on a button; there’s extra space under the boot floor; so many stowage compartments that you probably won’t ever be to remember where you put anything and myriad seating combinations.
More details will be released before the new Ford Galaxy goes on sale later this year. Prices will probably start around £26,000.