new Ford Galaxy uses its increased exterior dimensions ingeniously
to provide enough space for up to seven adults and their luggage.
Accommodating passengers in a comfortable and flexible manner
is the key to a successful MPV, and in new Galaxy, this is easily
achievable thanks to its three–row seating configuration
combined with the new Ford FoldFlatSystem.
Galaxy's interior is accessed effortlessly thanks to large, wide–opening
doors, while elevated seating positions offered by generously
shaped captain's chairs with armrests convey a "command bridge"
feel for occupants.
Overall, when compared to the original Galaxy, the new model gets
a significant increase in luggage volume of around one–third,
even with all seven seats in place. The capacity is an impressive
435 litres (vs. 335 litres) to the seatback and with the third
row of seats in their forward–most position.
Ford FoldFlatSystem (FFS) for modularity and flexibility –
The new Ford Galaxy is a full seven–seater and is equipped
with the innovative new Ford FoldFlatSystem (FFS) for the five
FFS enables the 2nd and 3rd row seating areas to be easily transformed
into a completely flat load space without having to remove and
store the seats. This allows customers to drive fully loaded to
their destination whilst still having a full complement of 7 seats
available upon arrival – the best of both worlds. In total,
FFS allows up to 32 different seating combinations.
2nd and 3rd row seats are all adjustable and provide spacious
first class travel for up to 7 adults, distinguishing the all
new Ford Galaxy from its competitors. An easy entry, 'tip and
slide' system provides easy access between the 2nd and 3rd rows,
and changing the second–row configuration can easily be
done with a one–step operation. The third row seats require
a simple two–step movement.
The even but slightly inclined floor makes it possible to place
the second seat row higher than the first and the third one higher
than the second. This creates a theatre seating effect, which
ensures that rear passengers have a clear view through the front
Another positive effect of this arrangement for rear passengers
is that by being able to see the forward horizon in focus, travel
sickness may be avoided in many cases.
– New Galaxy is available with a range of high quality and
tactile interior trims that are designed to be durable as well
as attractive. Premium materials such as leather and wood ornamentations
are designed to be pleasing to look at and to touch.
Roof and Overhead Console – The optional panorama
roof is a single piece of glass externally, but inside the vehicle
is effectively separated into four sections – two over the
front seats, and two over the rear seats, with the overhead centre
console running along the centreline of the roof panel from front
The new full–length overhead console includes a child watch
mirror and up to five stowage boxes, allowing kids to stow toys.
The integrated child watch mirror allows the driver to keep an
eye on his rear passengers without the need to turn around. Its
convex shape allows both the driver and front seat passenger to
view all rear passengers, even the one behind the driver –
clearly a major safety benefit.
Short and medium length overhead consoles can also be specified,
depending on model series.
Room for Luggage plus 31 Stowage Solutions –
Families will enjoy the vast amount of stowage offered by new
Galaxy. The Galaxy's luggage capacity expands from a minimum of
308 litres (with the third seat row in its rearmost position)
up to 2325 litres (filled to the roof) with all rear seats folded
flat. Even with all of the rear seats in use, new Galaxy still
offers up to 435 litres of luggage space (to the seatback) when
the third seat row is in its forwardmost position. With all rear
seats folded down its flat load floor stretches 2m in length by
1.15m in width.
Galaxy offers up to 31 different stowage compartments, with a
total capacity of up to 110 litres. These provide clever and safe
room for everyday items like maps, keys, sunglasses, CDs, cassettes,
bottles and cans.
Front door bins extend across the entire length of the doors.
They can accommodate necessities like maps, ice scrapers and paper
tissues, even big, 1.5–litre drink bottles.
Useful especially in summer is the glove box, which offers an
optional cooling feature on left–hand–drive models.
Cool air from the air–conditioning system keeps a water
bottle cool, snug and rattle–free in the glove box, ready
for a refreshing rest stop.
Large drawers underneath the front seats complement new Galaxy's
New Galaxy is great to drive, and delivers passenger car dynamics
to family travel, as well as providing all the advantages of a
The front seats are all–new, and feature a 62mm length increase
in seat adjustment range and 19mm increase in height adjustment.
Optional front seats with 8–way power adjustment can also
be specified. These feature optimised seat cushions, more responsive
seat backs as well as improved foam hardness. These seats are
also available on the top–of the range Ghia version with
variable climate control, as first seen in the Ford Mondeo. This
is the first time this feature has been made available in the
The Galaxy's centre console is short and designed to free up room
between the front seats for a walk–through to the second
row. This also enhances the interior's overall spaciousness. The
centre console also includes a stowage compartment and two cup
The new Instrument Panel–mounted gearlever has been raised
by 105mm to enhance the driver's ergonomic layout.
As with S–MAX, the steering wheel angle has been adjusted
to 28 degrees to contribute to the vehicle's car–like feel.
and switches have been placed conveniently for intuitive operation.
Improved pedal spacing provides safe and comfortable operation
and a footrest for the driver's left foot supplements the
comfort amenities. The specially shaped parking brake lever
adds to the innovative character of the vehicle's interior.
It is formed like a lever used in a ship's command bridge.
Human Machine Interface (HMI) – An
upgraded instrument cluster plus a new steering wheel including
toggle switches for the Ford Human Machine Interface (HMI)
take vehicle ergonomics to a new level.
HMI is standard on all Ford S–MAX and Galaxy models.
It is simple and intuitive to operate. It follows strict,
straightforward and logical rules and combines critical areas
of ergonomic development to optimize the interaction of the
driver with the comfort and entertainment systems.
It also provides the newly developed chime system. This categorizes
each warning sound according to their purpose giving the driver
greater control over the audio warnings that he receives.
Beyond standard features such as the common trip computer
for fuel consumption and speed information, HMI allows the
driver to select individual settings. The system enables a
controlled dialogue between the driver and various support
systems – radio, navigation system, Adaptive Cruise
Control, and mobile phone. The essential functions are shown
in the instrument cluster for quick readability and easy operation.
Some functions like clock setting and language selection for
the display and cluster can also be operated from the steering
Climate Control – Cabin climate is another key factor
for passenger comfort. It is also a safety factor, as an optimal
interior temperature and fresh air add to the driver's ability
to concentrate on the road ahead. To ensure both maximum comfort
and safety, new Galaxy now features an advanced ventilation
and air conditioning system.
A more powerful ventilation system has been adopted, which
features more and larger ventilation openings. The new ventilation
blower system has the capability to provide airflow of 135
litres per minute, an increase of 20 per cent compared with
the first–generation Galaxy. Additional B and C pillar
ventilation openings not only improve interior comfort, but
also increase demisting performance. This ensures quick and
clear 360–degree visibility for a safer drive.
Air conditioning is standard equipment on all new Galaxy models,
and for maximum interior climate control, dual Electronic
Automatic Temperature Control (EATC) is available. The EATC
system features separate temperature controls for the driver,
the front passenger and the second row passengers.
Audio and Communications – New Galaxy
can be specified with a wide variety of high–quality
audio and communications systems, and steering–wheel
mounted toggle switches for the HMI system provide full driver
Depending on market and on series, stereo radio/cassette or
stereo radio/CD players can be selected, including a 6–CD
autochanger. Eight high quality speakers are fitted.
An optional multi–media DVD system can also be specified.
This includes a DVD player located under the front passenger's
seat, two LCD screens integrated into the rear of the front
seat headrests, an infra red remote control and two pairs
of infra red headphones.
Either a Bosch Blaupunkt TravelPilot EX radio navigation system
or a Denso–DVD navigation system can be chosen as optional
equipment. The radio navigation system uses a 4–inch
monochrome display, while the DVD Navigation system features
a full colour 7–inch touchscreen display. Both systems
are MP3 compatible.
A Bluetooth ® hands–free telephone and voice control
system is also available, and comes complete with a dealer–fitted
telephone cradle, which provides battery charging, plus a
neat tri–band antenna fitted to the roof of the vehicle.
A new generation of Sony in–car Hi–Fi components
will be available from autumn 2006. All of the new audio equipment
will be able to communicate with Ford's new HMI–system
and can be operated via voice control.