You can now order the all-new Ford Kuga from your local dealer, prices start at £20,895, a reduction of around £1,000 over the outgoing entry model. First deliveries are expected in early 2013, with the top of range model costing £29,795.
The new model is all about fuel reduction and efficiency with improved driving dynamics. There is more boot space, which is increased by 82 litres with the seats up and the option of a hands-free tailgate.
The all-new Ford Kuga is available with the choice of either two petrol or diesel engine. On the petrol front you have the option of either a 150 PS or a 180 PS 1.6 litre EcoBoost unit. Or if you prefer diesel there is the choice of a 140PS or a 163PS 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq diesel engine.
There is a choice of either FWD or AWD (all-wheel drive) dependent on the engine and trim level. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with automatic gearbox available on four-wheel-drive diesel models. The AWD system distributes torque between the front and rear wheels depending on the conditions to give maxium traction.
There will be three trim levels ‘Zetec’, ‘Titanium’ and ‘Titanium X’.
Options will include a parallel parking aid Active Park Assist, and Blind Spot Information System, which indicates with a warning light in the door mirror that a potential hazard is in the driver’s blind spot.
Ford’s voice control system which is standard equipment on some models includes device integration and a connectivity interface called ‘SYNC’. It includes emergency assistance which upon detecting airbag deployment or activation of the emergency fuel shut-off within the car, uses the on board GPS locator and Bluetooth-paired device to set up an emergency call and provide GPS co-ordinates, in the local language of emergency response units. SYNC can also read aloud incoming SMS text messages from compatible mobile phones.Published 4 December 2012