Updated Ford S-Max and Galaxy offer added connectivity
Ford has revised its S-Max and Galaxy MPVs with new technology features as well as enhanced design.
Exterior changes bring mild updates to the front-end while the interior now benefits from 18-way adjustable seats, said to have been tested by doctors and recommended to alleviate back pain.
The bigger news comes from the introduction of FordPass Connect on-board modem technology for the first time. This turns the models into mobile WiFi hotspots with connectivity for up to 10 devices, and enables new Local Hazard Information that can inform the driver of hazardous situations in the road ahead before they’re picked up by the driver or vehicle sensors.
Engine line-up remains unchanged following last year’s arrival of Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine in 150hp and 190hp. This is offered with standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed auto.
Updates to driver assistance technologies see Pre-Collision Assist, which can help detect vehicle and pedestrian obstructions earlier, now standard across both ranges while Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go functionality is also available. .
Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system is also offered, providing control of audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple voice commands. SYNC 3 is supported by an 8-inch colour touchscreen that can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures, and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility at no additional cost.
The 2019 Ford S-Max and Galaxy models are available to order now, priced from £30,490 and £33,210 respectively.