Ford PowerShift made widely available
Ford has announced it will offer its PowerShift transmission across a wider range of vehicles.
Until now the six-speed semi automatic PowerShift gearbox has only been available in the Ford Focus and C-MAX; however the Kuga crossover, Mondeo saloon and Galaxy MPV have now been added to the list.
The PowerShift transmission is fitted as standard with the new 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine on the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy.
On these three models and on the Kuga, Focus and C-MAX, the PowerShift can also be specified on the 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel engine.
The Ford PowerShift uses two automatically controlled clutches to shift between gears – eliminating the need for a clutch pedal. The company says it combines the ‘fuel efficiency of a manual gearbox with the ease and convenience of a conventional automatic.’
The gearbox avoids the inefficiencies associated with traditional torque-converter automatics, resulting in CO2 emissions as low as 149g/km when coupled with a diesel powertrain.
Diesel models fitted with PowerShift cost around £1,500 more than the equivalent vehicle with a manual gearbox.