Ford Reveals All-New Galaxy; Luxurious Seven-Seater Offers First

Ford has taken the wraps off the latest iteration of its Galaxy people mover – the all-new CD390 takes over from the third-gen, which stopped production late last year. The seven-seater features the company’s latest global design language, with a sophisticated grille and slim-line headlamps.

Plenty of engine options for the MPV, and all are Euro VI-compliant. Oil burners are led by a new 210 PS and 450 Nm 2.0 litre TDCi twin-turbo unit, first seen on the new CD391 Mondeo.

The single variable geometry 2.0 litre TDCi turbodiesel, meanwhile, has been given a rework. Available in 120 PS, 150 PS and 180 PS output tunes, the revised mill features a revised engine block, new cylinder head and fuel injection designs as well as a lean NOX trap exhaust after-treatment.

Petrol engine options include the 160 PS 1.5 litre EcoBoost and 240 PS 2.0 litre EcoBoost units. Tech on the MPV includes Smart Regenerative Charging, Auto-Start-Stop and an Active Grille Shutter, which improves aerodynamics and optimises airflow for engine cooling.

Ford Reveals All-New Galaxy; Luxurious Seven-Seater Offers First

Ride and handling has also been improved in the new Galaxy, and changes include a new integral-link rear suspension design that features lighter aluminium lower control arms. The front also gets new aluminium knuckles with enclosed wheel bearings, and these are touted to improve stiffness for sharper response. Vehicle stability is also enhanced with Curve Control and Roll Stability Control systems.

The Galaxy is offered with a self-levelling rear suspension, which maintains an optimal ride height for comfort and handling. A Continuous Control Damping system offers Comfort, Normal or Sport chassis modes, and the Galaxy also now gets EPAS (electronic power assisted steering) for the first time, along with adaptive steering to give the MPV easier maneouvreability in urban areas.

Driver assistance kit includes adaptive LED headlamps with glare-free highbeam, Perpendicular Parking, Active Park Assist, Park-Out Assist, Side Parking Aid, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a front 180-degree split-view camera. There’s also Blind Spot Information System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keeping Alert + Aid and Driver Alert.

Safety kit includes Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and a raft of airbags – second-row seat side airbags are featured on the Galaxy for the first time, in addition to driver and front-passenger, driver-knee and first-, second- and third-row curtain airbags.

Ford Reveals All-New Galaxy; Luxurious Seven-Seater Offers First

The interior is where its all at with this one, and aside from improved materials and a wider choice of trim, plenty in the way of space – the seats are now thinner, and second- and third-row passengers benefit from up to 10 mm more headroom than in the outgoing Galaxy. The third-row seats offers more space than key competitors, with up to 40 mm more headroom.

One-touch access to the third row is provided with easy-entry second-row seats that tilt and slide forward in a single action, and a control panel in the rear luggage compartment enables all five second- and third-row seats to be folded flat at the push of a button. The panel can also be used to automatically raise the third row seats, a feature that Ford says is a segment-first.

Also on, a hands-free liftgate. Elsewhere, there’s a SYNC 2 infotainment system and an optional driver-facing 10-inch digital screen with animated analogue-style speedometer and rev-counter.