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Ford Mondeo, S-MAX, Galaxy All Given Improved Emissions, Better Connectivity

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The European Ford Mondeo, S-MAX, and Galaxy models – all vehicles that share the same midsize platform – were just given minor updates to improve diesel emissions and infotainment.

According to a release, Ford fine-tuned the engine software for all three models’ shared 2.0-liter turbo-diesel to optimize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. In a Ford Mondeo (pictured) with front-wheel drive and a PowerShift 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, this means a maximum fuel economy of 51 miles-per-gallon, and CO2 emissions around 120 g/km at their lowest – down 5 g/km (4 percent) from before. A similarly-equipped Ford S-MAX can now achieve 47 mpg and 129 g/km (down 7.2 percent from 139 g/km), while the Ford Galaxy is capable of up to 45 mpg and 134 g/km (down 3.4 percent from 139 g/km).

The 2.0-liter TDCi single-turbo four-cylinder diesel is available with either 150 or 180 horsepower. There is now also a bi-turbo option with 210 horsepower on tap.

The other notable change for the Ford Mondeo, S-MAX, and Galaxy is the availability of SYNC 3 infotainment. The automaker says that SYNC 3 offers “faster performance” and “simplified commands” than preceding systems, with support for five additional languages. It utilizes an 8-inch touchscreen interface with pinch and swipe gestures, and features built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for integrated use with either an iOS- or Android-powered smartphone.

“A combination of powerful turbocharged performance, great fuel efficiency and an effortless driving experience has made our 2.0-litre TDCi PowerShift powertrain popular with customers who now benefit from even lower running costs,” says Ford Europe VP of Marketing, Sales & Service Roelant de Waard. “With SYNC 3 drivers can seamlessly integrate their smartphones into the car to make calls, reply to text messages and safely use their favourite apps on the move using simple voice commands.”

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

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