The New Ford Kuga
Published Date: 23rd Feb 2016
- New Ford Kuga sport utility vehicle debuts with intuitive SYNC 3 connectivity, hands-free parking in side-by-side spaces and enhanced Active City Stop
- Technologically advanced Kuga is one of five all-new or redesigned Ford vehicles that will compete in the SUV and crossover space in the next three years
- Bold and sporty exterior features new trapezoidal grille, new headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights, and new colours Guard Grey and vibrant Copper Pulse
- New 120 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine expected to deliver improved fuel efficiency; Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive enhances grip, especially in slippery conditions
- Meticulously crafted interior offers simpler controls, and improved comfort with heated steering wheel; Adaptive Front Lighting System tailors Kuga headlight beam to environment
The trend of automotive manufacturers crashing technology conventions continues as Ford debut their new car at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, mainly to demonstrate their new Sync 3 interface.
SYNC 3 brings to life innovative new ways of staying connected on the move,” said Christof Kellerwessel, chief engineer, Electronic and Electrical Systems Engineering, Ford of Europe. “Designed to complement modern smartphones, with an intuitive 8?inch touch screen, SYNC 3 understands more natural speech, is faster, and offers an easier-to-read graphical interface.”
A new Parking Technology, Perpendicular Parking, this feature enhances the Active Park Assist to locate parking spaces alongside other cars as well as parallel to the road and control the steering and angles so the driver only has to control the throttle and brake to park hands-free. Active Park assist was chosen by almost half of all Kuga customers last year as an option.
A new 120 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine replaces the outgoing 2.0-litre TDCi. Offered with front-wheel drive, Ford is targeting a fuel efficiency improvement for the new engine of about 5 per cent to 64.2 mpg and 115 g/km CO2 while producing the same power.
Also available will be a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine with 150 PS in front-wheel drive and Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive versions that achieve 60.1 mpg and 122 g/km CO2; and a 180 PS Intelligent All Wheel Drive version that delivers 54.3 mpg and 135 g/km CO2.
Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in 120 PS or 150 PS front-wheel drive form achieves 45.6 mpg and 143 g/km CO2; and a 182 PS Intelligent All Wheel Drive version delivers from 38.2 mpg and 171 g/km CO2.