Ford S-MAX Hybrid and Ford Galaxy Hybrid announced
Ford is to reveal hybrid versions of its S-MAX and Galaxy MPVs, as part of its plan to launch 14 electrified models by the end of the year. To support this plan, the company will make a €42 million (£35.8 million) investment in its Valencia factory in Spain.
The two electrified MPVs will go on sale in early 2021, using a similar setup to the forthcoming Ford Kuga Hybrid SUV. In the S-MAX and Galaxy’s case, the hybrid system will be mounted under the floor, with no tangible effect on available boot space.
Both use a 197bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine, which Ford claims offers better acceleration than the equivalent EcoBlue diesel. Ford says the two are able to deliver “pure electric and combined petrol-electric propulsion” for a “refined and responsive driving experience”.
Ford is targeting sub-140g/km CO2 emissions thanks to a host of fuel-saving technologies, which include regenerative braking and electrically-driven powertrain cooling. Ford also offers a SmartGauge user interface, which helps drivers to adopt a more economical driving style.
Stuart Rowley, president of Ford of Europe, said: “With electrification fast becoming the mainstream, we are increasing our investment in Valencia to provide even more electrified models and powertrain options for our customers
“By making it easier than ever to transition into an electrified vehicle, we expect the majority of our passenger vehicle sales to be electrified by the end of 2022,” he added.
The S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid will be built in Valencia, alongside the new Kuga Hybrid and Kuga Plug-In Hybrid. Ford has also launched a plug-in hybrid version of its Transit van, while mild-hybrid technology is being applied to the smaller Fiesta and Focus models and a hybrid Mustang is in the works, too.