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The third-generation of the Ford Galaxy minivan together with its shorter and lower sibling, the S-Max, have been with us (or so to speak) since 2006 having received a mid-life makeover that introduced a new snout and turbocharged four-cylinder petrol mills at the end of 2009.
All the previous iterations of the Galaxy (the seven-seater S-Max is a new addition to the range) were offered in Europe for a period of six years or less before being replaced by a new model, which means that the time for Ford to present a successor is almost here.

This week, our spies in Germany nabbed Ford's engineers trying out a test mule for the next Galaxy MPV. The seven-seater prototype featured a modified front end that was hidden under plastic wraps along with a modified fuel cap, something that suggests Ford may have been testing a new driveline.

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Not quite correct, Sir. The present Galaxy, introduced in calendar year 2006, is the first true Ford minivan in Europe. The first Galaxy was twinned with the Volkswagen Sharan and the SEAT Alhambra, and was introduced in 1995. It was effectively a VW design. It had occasional updates, but nothing major.When Ford went its own way and introduced the Galaxy II, the outgoing model was eleven years old. VW Group continued to build the original Sharan and Alhambra until 2010, an astonishing fifteen years after their debuts.
 

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The seven-seater prototype featured a modified front end that was hidden under plastic wraps along with a modified fuel cap, something that suggests Ford may have been testing a new driveline.
Like the 2013 Mondeo/Fusion, it looks like they moved the fuel filler from the right side to the left side for the next generation Galaxy.
 

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I wish Ford would bring Galaxy/S-Max to the states. I a bit tired of the numerous Toyota and Honda mini-vans (ok Chrysler/Dodge as well) on the streets these days.
 
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