Previewing A New Generation Of Ford Galaxy - Design Philosophy | Part Two

Ford Galaxy Showcar

Design philosophy emphasises space and luxury

"The next Galaxy, like the Ford SAV Concept, will feature elements of our evolving 'kinetic' design philosophy," said Smith. "They reflect style with substance, and help to express the vehicle's dynamic driving capabilities."

Full exterior surfaces spanning taut dynamic lines are distinct elements of Ford's new design language and are evident in the Frankfurt showcar.

A high roofline is incorporated into this form language to provide the interior headroom and excellent all-round visibility expected by large people carrier customers.

It employs Ford's overtly pronounced wheelarch lips and strong shoulders to provide a balanced side view that sets off the generous, glassy appearance of the passenger cabin. 18-inch alloy wheels help to provide a solid stance of the vehicle viewed from the side.

Distinctive new look

The front of the new Galaxy preview model has a characteristic angled nose combined with a distinctive new Ford headlamp shape, emphasizing the fresh new Ford face.

The headlamp units incorporate an Advanced Front Light System (AFLS), featuring moving halogen lamps with 12 degrees of swivel that provide an enhanced view for the driver that is particularly useful when negotiating twisty country roads. It also provides directed lighting that assists with specific, low-speed cornering movements such as turning into driveways.

Another notable design feature at the front of the showcar is a split front grille. Spanning the headlamps is a slim upper grille, which is balanced by a deeper lower grille to provide a refined, luxurious appearance entirely in keeping with the car's functional attributes.

The generous glass area flows through to the rear of the car, where a panoramic rear screen ensures excellent all-round visibility. The rear lamps are angled and feature clear lenses to provide a jewelled effect. The wrap around rear tail lamps are sleek and elegant but still allow a practical large tailgate opening ensuring a low load height and giving customers maximum benefit from the spacious interior.

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Published : 13/09/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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