Hybrid gains for Ford's Galaxy and S-Max people carriers

Ford S-Max and Galaxy hybrid

FORD has given its long-serving seven-seaters, the S-Max and larger Galaxy, a hybrid drivetrain for the first time.

It uses the same system as found in other Ford models, meaning it gets a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine and an electric motor, as well as a 1.1kWh battery.

This isn't a plug-in hybrid but a 'self-charging' variety, so the battery is topped up through regenerative braking, with power sent to an electric motor which can then drive the front wheels on their own for very short periods.

This allows the cars to move away from rest silently and aids efficiency at other times that a regular S-Max or Galaxy would be leaning on its engine.

The S-Max and Galaxy bring a claimed fuel efficiency of 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions from 147g/km.

This compares with the diesel-powered S-Max's CO2 emissions of between 169-170g/km.

Ford S-Max hybrid

Installing the hybrid batteries hasn't reduced the practicality offered by either car, with up to 2,200 litres of load capacity available behind the S-Max's first row of seats. The S-Max also has a towing capacity of up to 1,560kg.

The Galaxy, meanwhile, offers 2,339 litres of cargo volume behind the first row of seats and 300 litres of space with all seven seats in place.

Ford says the hybrids cost only £635 more than the equivalent diesel, with prices starting from £36,535 for the S-Max Hybrid and £38,695 for the Galaxy Hybrid.

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