Ford has introduced an efficient new hybrid powertrain to its S-Max and Galaxy people carriers.
Said to offer lower CO2 emissions and running costs than the equivalent diesel, the models feature the same setup already available in the Kuga SUV.
This sees a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine combined with a 1.1kWh battery and electric motor to produce a combined 187bhp.Enquire on a new Ford S-Max
Ford says the model has 10 per cent lower CO2 emissions than the diesel model, with the model emitting 147g/km, while returning up to 43.5mpg.
While being a ‘self-charging’ hybrid and not being able to run for any significant distance as an EV, the models are said to be able to travel on electricity for “short periods depending on scenario”. Regenerative braking is also included to harness up to 90 per cent of the energy that would otherwise be lost, too.
Despite the addition of the hybrid powertrain, though, the two cars remain very practical – both featuring seven seats, with the S-Max having up to 2,200 litres of boot space, and 2,339 litres for the Galaxy.
Inside, the models come with a new 10-inch digital instrument cluster with hybrid specific graphics.
The powertrain is available across the S-Max trim levels, but only offered on the top-spec Titanium guise for the Galaxy.
Ford says the hybrids cost only £635 more than the diesel, with prices starting from £36,535 for the S-Max Hybrid and £38,695 for the Galaxy Hybrid. The new electrified models are now on sale.Enquire on a new Ford Galaxy