The Ford Galaxy and S-Max minivans will have a new gas hybrid powertrain from 2021, as the large minivans continue to fight against the tide of SUVs.
The new Galaxy Hybrid and S-Max Hybrid have a total of 147kW (197hp) and 210Nm (155 lb-ft) from a 2.5L Atkinson cycle I4 with an electric motor, generator, and power split transmission.
Both minivans share their hybrid architecture with the Puma Hybrid SUV, and all have a lithium ion battery mounted in a special crash absorbant structure under the body.
The S-Max Hybrid will be available in 5 or 7 seats, with load space (seats down) if up to 2,200L (77.7 cu-ft) unchanged from the gas and diesel models. The Galaxy Hybrid will have 7 seats as standard, and load space (seats down) will be unchanged at 2,339L (82.6 cu-ft).
Targeted towing capacity is 1,500kg (3,307 lb).
€8 million (US$8.9 million) is being invested in the Valencia, Spain, factory to handle the new Galaxy Hybrid and S-Max Hybrid, while €24 million (US$26.7 million) is being invested at the same factory to make the lithium ion batteries possible.