2015 Ford Galaxy spy shots
While ordinarily a test mule or prototype for a new Ford MPV is not all that exciting, this latest test vehicle has previously been spotted near Ford’s headquarters in Detroit, although the latest shots show it testing in Europe.
The fact that it has previously tested in the U.S. suggests Ford may be planning a local version, making it the latest model to possibly fall under the automaker’s ‘One Ford’ strategy where a single vehicle is developed for global markets.
The test mule is still wearing the current Galaxy’s body but up front is the new styling, which despite being heavily masked can be seen to resemble the look of the latest Focus and Fusion models.
In the U.S., such a vehicle would likely be called an S-Max and fill out the needs of families looking for an economical vehicle with third-row seats. The smaller C-Max, while offered with seven seats overseas, only comes as a five-seater here. It’s unclear if Ford will continue to sell both a separate S-Max and Galaxy in Europe like it currently does, though it’s more likely the vehicles will be replaced by this single model now that the C-Max offers seven seats.
It’s too early to determine what powertrains will be available, though expect a similar offering to that found in the Fusion. This means a range of four-cylinder engines, either naturally aspirated or with EcoBoost technology. It’s likely a hybrid variant will be offered as well.
Development of the vehicle is far from complete so stay tuned for updates as its gestation continues. Currently, the vehicle is expected to debut late next year before going on sale in early 2015.