Ford adds Powershift to four more models

Previously only the Ford Focus and the C-Max were available with the automatic Powershift transmission, designed to be more comfortable and convenient than a manual gearbox.

According to Ford: "PowerShift is the ideal choice for customers who want the comfort and ease-of-use provided by a conventional automatic, but who don’t want to sacrifice the sporty responses, superior fuel economy and low CO2 emissions delivered by a manual gearbox."

The Powershift transmission features electric twin-clutch technology designed to be fast-acting without draining the battery power. Ford also claims it will ‘challenge’ the performance of a conventional automatic transmission.

No clutch pedal is needed on cars fitted with Powershift. Instead, there are two automatically-controlled clutches used by the gearbox to change gears instantaneously.

This can improve fuel economy because there will be no power loss between gear ratios due to the transmission being electronically matched to the engine’s power and torque ratios.

The Ford Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy will feature the Powershift technology as standard on all new 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol models. Powershift can also be specified on all six models as an option with the 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel engine.

Drivers of all six models fitted with the six-speed dual-clutch Powershift transmission will be capable of switching between sport automatic mode or sport mode, where gears can be selected manually by moving the shift lever forwards or backwards.

"We are excited to extend the benefits of the PowerShift transmission to a much broader range of cars and engines within Ford’s line-up," said Pat Oldani, Ford’s automatic transmission manager.

All models with Ford Powershift will cost £1,500 than manual models.