Ford is hard at work developing a successor for its Galaxy MPV sold overseas and a test mule for the vehicle has been spotted. 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 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. Of course, Ford also is working an MPV sized between the C-Max and Galaxy; called the S-Max
, this one is more likely to be sold locally.
It’s too early to determine what powertrains will be available on the Galaxy, 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._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.