Ford has introduced additional particulars of the refreshed Kuga, simply as order books open for patrons. The Renault Kadjar rival receives up to date exterior styling, new engine variants and improved tech.
The brand new Kuga is availabe to order now, with costs ranging from £20,845 for a Zetec mannequin with a 118bhp 1.5-litre Ecoboost turbo petrol engine. You may step as much as Titanium spec from £24,245, with the sporty new ST-Line trim beginning at£25,845.
The flagship Vignale model, with bespoke styling and a extra upmarket inside, begins from £30,795 with the 148bhp 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine and front-wheel drive. It will also be specced with a 178bhp model of that engine (with all-wheel drive), as effectively with the 179bhp 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol with an computerized gearbox and all-wheel drive.
As you’ll be able to see from the pictures, the brand new Kuga advantages from a revised entrance finish with tweaked grille design, restyled LED daytime working lights, and reshaped bumpers with foglamps in a unique place. The again finish is being up to date with a reshaped bootlid and tail-lamp therapy. Prime spec fashions retain the pretend diffuser and twin exhaust retailers, in addition to the back lights within the bumper.
Consumers get a alternative of 17, 18 or 19-inch wheels, plus two new colors: Guard Gray and Copper Pulse. It will also be specced with an electrically retractable towbar constructed into the rear bumper. Ford is hoping that the updates will present the Kuga an additional stage of sophistication.
Inside, Ford says the dashboard has been crafted to supply a extra ergonomic design, though it doesn’t look that totally different from what has gone earlier than. The display screen is greater and there are fewer buttons for the air-con and audio system, whereas the centre console has been cleared up with an digital parking brake. New equipment akin to a heated steering wheel additionally options.
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All auto fashions now additionally function steering wheel-mounted paddles for improved driver enjoyment. Ford’s Adaptive Entrance Lighting system might be out there on the Kuga, too. This reads the highway forward and might adapt the lighting type to match pace, steering angle and distance from the automobile in entrance. Boosting the SUV’s security credentials are Clever four-wheel drive, torque vectoring and ‘Curve Management’, in addition to Cross Site visitors Alert and Lively Metropolis Cease auto braking.
Beneath the bonnet, the large information is the introduction of a extra environment friendly 118bhp 1.5-litre diesel, which Ford says delivers 64.2mpg and 115g/km CO2 emissions. Whereas it doesn’t change another engine, it ought to show a fleet favorite, sitting beneath the 148bhp and 178bhp 2.0 TDCi items. A brand new 1.5-litre turbo petrols can also be supplied with 118bhp, gas financial system of 44.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 145g/km.
The brand new Kuga will sit amongst 5 new or redesigned Ford SUVs due within the subsequent three years. It joins the up to date EcoSport and all-new Edge, with two additional fashions nonetheless to come back.
New Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system
Earlier this 12 months, Ford introduced the European arrival of its SYNC 3 infotainment system. It debuted on the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy, and also will function within the Kuga.
Ford says the set-up lets drivers management their linked units “with extra conversational voice instructions”. House owners can merely inform their automobile “I want a espresso” or “I want petrol”, and the navigation system will direct them to the closest and most acceptable amenities.
SYNC 3 is appropriate with apps together with Spotify and AccuWeather for native forecasts, and it could actually even set up updates through your own home WiFi. The person expertise is simplified, with fewer steps required for the system to operate, plus processing energy is elevated. Ford has additionally added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All SYNC 3 programs get an eight-inch touchscreen, with acquainted pinch-to-zoom performance.
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