New Ford range out of this world

It has been a very busy week in Ireland for the Ford brand, with three new model ranges being launched, including the Galaxy and S-Max MPVs. Possibly the most interesting new model from the Blue Oval is the Ford Mondeo Vignale.

Essentially a dickied-up and much-smartened Mondeo, the Vignale owes its name to the legendary Italian Alfredo Vignale, who was one of the first coachbuilders, or carrozzeria, to see a car as something that could be personalised with unique, made-to-measure designs.

Ford says this car is the first in a range of upscale Ford Vignale products — others we will see soon will include the S-Max and the Kuga. The company says each will deliver quality craftsmanship, superior refinement, and exclusive specification.

The Mondeo Vignale is the first model in Europe to offer Ford’s Active Noise Cancellation, as well as enhanced sound insulation, and integral link rear suspension. It will be available in four-door and station-wagon body styles and will deliver what Ford says is a premium specification that includes Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, and high-power biturbo 2.0-litre TDCi and hybrid powertrains.

Prices start at €43,900.

Ford also launched the S-Max and Galaxy model line-ups this week.

Priced from €35,760, the S-Max range comes to the Irish market with, Ford says, a stylish and innovative reinvention of the trend-setting seven-seat sports activity vehicle.

True to the spirit of the original version, the all-new S-MAX offers style, driving pleasure, and advanced features without sacrificing space, flexibility, and fuel efficiency.

The car is a full seven seater and features 32 different seating and load-space combinations, as well as segment-first Easy-Fold second and third row seats. It also brings Ford’s Intelligent Speed Limiter technology to Ireland for the first time.

This system allows drivers to set a speed tolerance of up to 10km/h above the detected speed limit. The system does not apply the brakes but smoothly controls engine torque by electronically adjusting the amount of fuel delivered.

Finally this week, Ford also unveiled the Galaxy MPV. Spacious and refined, it offers luxurious travel for seven passengers.

Ford says the car features the company’s latest global design language with a sophisticated grille and slim-line headlamps. It will offer seven full-size seats, enabling families to easily switch between seating or load space with a segment-first feature that can be specified to raise the third-row seats at the push of a button.

Advanced technologies on the car include the aforementioned Intelligent Speed Limiter and Glare-Free Highbeam, as well as Ford Adaptive Steering technology, which adjusts steering ratio according to speed to optimise manoeuvrability and precision, and Ford’s latest fuel-efficient engines, including the powerful new 210 PS bi-turbo 2.0-litre TDCi diesel.

As well as the bi-turbo option, the engines offered include Ford’s enhanced 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine with single variable geometry turbocharger technology is offered with 120, 150, and 180 bhp ratings and featuring revised engine block, new cylinder-head and fuel injection designs, and lean NOX trap exhaust after-treatment system for cleaner emissions.

The petrol engine option for all-new Galaxy in Ireland will be Ford’s new fuel-efficient 160 bhp 1.5-litre EcoBoost.

In Ireland, new Galaxy will be available in two series: Zetec and Titanium. Powertrains will include the 2.0 litre TDCi 120, 150, 180, and 210 PS units, as well as the 1.5 litre 160PS EcoBoost petrol engine and prices start from €38,760.


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