The impressive engine line-up for the MK2 Ford Galaxy is headed
by an all new 24-valve, 2.8-litre V6. This delivers 17 per cent
more power than the previous 12-valve V6, as well as an eight
percent improvement in fuel consumption and lower emissions. Significantly
higher torque across the range contributes to a notably more sporty
performance, and this is complemented by the two new transmission
options: a close-ratio six-speed manual box and a five-speed ‘Select-Shift’
automatic that also allows for ‘push up, push down’
sequential manual gear-changes.
The newer V6 delivers 204 PS (150 kW), up from 174 PS (128kW),
while maximum torque is both increased and delivered at lower
engine speed: 268 Nm at 3,214 rpm, instead of 235 Nm at 4,200
rpm. In combination with the six-speed manual transmission, the
new engine cuts the 0-62mph acceleration time from 11.8 to 9.9
seconds, and the official ‘combined’ fuel consumption
figure improves from 23.9mpg to 26.2mpg.
The new six-speed manual transmission for the MK2 V6 Galaxy has
close-ratio gearing to suit the engine’s sporty performance.
By providing a better match between engine and transmission across
the range, the six-speed improves the car’s overall performance
feel, as well as benefiting fuel consumption and reducing engine
noise, especially at cruising speeds.
As an alternative to the manual box, the MK2 V6 is also available
with a five-speed ‘Select-Shift’ automatic transmission,
which allows the driver the option of sequential manual gear changes.
To select this mode instead of fully automatic, the gear selector
lever is moved sideways into a special track, then changes are
simply made by pushing the gear-lever briefly forward to change
up, or backwards to change down. A display within the instrument
cluster tells the driver which gear is currently selected.
For safety, it is only possible to engage a new gear when engine
speed and vehicle speed are compatible, and the transmission also
has a failsafe system which will intervene to prevent the engine
over-speeding or under-idling. The kickdown strategy also changes,
so that the transmission only shifts to the next higher gear shortly
before reaching maximum engine speed.
Four powerful, turbo-charged diesel engine options for the MK2
Ford Galaxy feature state-of-the-art high pressure fuel injection
technology to deliver outstanding torque and fuel consumption,
as well as reduced exhaust emissions. The new, 1.9-litre TDi engine
is available in four variants, a 90 PS (66kW) unit delivering
240 Nm torque, a 115 PS (85 kW), which produces an outstanding
310 Nm, a 130 PS (96kW) unit again with 310 Nm torque, and the
most powerful 150 PS (110kW) giving 310 Nm torque, a top speed
of 124 mph and 0-62 mph in 11.9 secs. Their fuel consumption figures
are just 43.5mpg, 42.8mpg, (130 figure) and 44.9mpg respectively
(official ‘combined’ figures, with manual transmission).
main technological advance for these diesels is the addition of
a ‘unit injector system’ to the previous 1.9-litre TDi
engine design. The system delivers fuel at extremely high pressure
during the injection process, up to 2050 bar, and permits very precise
control of the fuel quantity and atomisation. The result is a more
complete mixing of fuel and air, improving combustion to deliver
benefits for both power output and emission levels.
Each cylinder has a unit injector installed directly in the cylinder
head, which incorporates the functions of a fuel injection pump,
a control unit and a fuel injector into a single component. Other
features of the engines include an intercooler and exhaust gas recirculation
system. The 90PS version has a fixed geometry turbocharger, and
the 115, 130 & 150PS a variable geometry one.
All diesels take a six-speed manual transmission as standard, similar
to the V6, but with a wider set of gear ratios for optimised performance
and fuel economy. The 115 PS variant is also available with the
option of the new five-speed ‘Select-Shift' automatic with
manual sequential gear-changing mode.
Ford’s widely acclaimed 145 PS (107 kW) 2.3-litre DOHC
petrol engine completes the line-up for the MK2 Galaxy, with
improvements in a variety of areas. Overall driveability is
enhanced with new engine calibration, emission levels are reduced
following a comprehensive list of actions, vehicle security
is enhanced with a new encrypted immobiliser system, and a new
transmission mounting system reduces powertrain noise. A new
‘soft start’ alternator improves vehicle start-up,
as it is quieter and provides a reduced load during the first
couple of seconds.
The standard five-speed manual transmission has been improved,
while the automatic option has been considerably enhanced, to
provide a four-speed ‘Select-Shift’ transmission
(with manual sequential gear-changing) for the 2.3-litre Ford
Galaxy. Ford’s engineers have paid particular attention
to matching the characteristics of the engine and this new automatic
transmission, to provide a more sporty feel that is emphasised
by the ‘Select-Shift’ change, while retaining the
engine’s good fuel economy.