Ford Galaxy set to be seven-seat fleet star

  • New Ford Galaxy promises luxury for seven and clever folding seats
  • Efficient engines and fuel-saving technology should appeal to fleet drivers
  • Safety systems include intelligent speed limiter to help avoid breaking the speed limit

The new Ford Galaxy will go on sale with a range of efficient engines and fuel saving technology, making it a more attractive fleet choice than ever.

With seven full-sized seats, the 2015 car promises more space and comfort as well as new safety kit including an intelligent speed limiter and pre-collision assist.

A flat load floor with the seats collapsed means large items can be carried easily, while the ability to slide and recline the second and third row seats means flexible family use.

More technology as standard in Ford Galaxy

Diesel-focused engine line up

A range of engines includes a 2-litre diesel with 118bhp, 148bhp or 177bhp, and a bi-turbo version with 207bhp.

The petrol line-up consists of a 158bhp 1.5-litre, and a range-topping 237bhp 2-litre engine.

Economy data is yet to be revealed but it’s likely that the 118bhp diesel will be the least expensive to run. The similarly powered 1.6-litre diesel in the current line up produces 139g/km of CO2.

Technology to improve CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency includes an auto stop/start system, active grille shutters that close to improve airflow, and regenerative charging that recaptures energy from coasting or braking.

More practical than ever

To ease the transformation between business and family use, the second and third row of seats can be collapsed from a control panel in the boot, which can also be used to raise the rear-most row.

Under the boot floor there is 20 litres of hidden storage, while passengers benefit from large door bins and under-seat compartments, and 10mm more headroom in the second and third row.

Second-row seats tilt and slide forward in a single action to simplify entry to the rear, where there is a dedicated climate system and controls.

Ease of entry thanks to clever seats

Raft of new safety and convenience systems

New to the Galaxy is an intelligent speed limited which monitors traffic signs to help drivers avoid breaking the law and a pre-collision assistant which can spot pedestrians and help avoid or mitigate accidents.

Other handy kit includes an automatic parking system, a 180-degree camera system, a hands-free tailgate that can be opened by waving your foot under the rear bumper, and adaptive steering technology which will make town manoeuvres easy.

Prices will be revealed before the new Ford Galaxy goes on sale start later this year when we’ll be putting it through its paces.