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

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.”

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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