- Ford offers most powerful diesel Kuga SUV ever; 2.0-litre TDCi engine delivers 180 PS and 400 Nm of torque
- Revised Kuga 2.0-litre TDCi diesel delivers 10 per cent more power, and emits 19 g/km less CO2; 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol emits 11 g/km less CO2 than the outgoing 1.6‑litre EcoBoost
- Auto-Start-Stop and Active Grille Shutter now standard on all Kuga models. SYNC with AppLink for voice-activating apps also is now available
- Ford sold more than 63,000 Kuga SUVs in the main 20 European markets in the first nine months of 2014, an increase of 33 per cent compared to the same period last year
Improvements to the Kuga's diesel and petrol engine range also deliver lower CO2 emissions. Kuga now is offered with more advanced technologies as standard that help reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions, including Auto-Start-Stop and Active Grille Shutter.
"Ford has updated the Kuga range with models that deliver more power and lower emissions. Tiger Eye metallic is a bold new colour not previously seen on any Ford vehicle, and SYNC with AppLink will help ensure drivers can be more connected on the move while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel," said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe.
Ford's 2.0-litre TDCi diesel powered 83 per cent of the Kugas sold in the main 20 European markets* during the first nine months of 2014. Ford has now increased peak power of the engine by 17 PS to 180 PS and peak torque to 400 Nm, up from 340 Nm. This engine choice will deliver the most pulling power ever for Kuga, particularly when combined with Ford's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system that is chosen by most customers.
Ford is introducing its new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to Kuga *, reducing CO2 emissions to 143 g/km from 154 g/km - an improvement of more than seven per cent over the outgoing 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine **. Also, Ford will offer a 120 PS 2.0-litre TDCi option that delivers 122 g/km CO2* - an improvement of 12 per cent.
Smart utility vehicle
Ford SYNC with AppLink, will now enable drivers to voice-activate apps while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. These already include leading music-streaming service Spotify, ADAC, Audioteka, AUPEO!, DIE WELT, Cyclops, Glympse and Radioplayer.
Ford's latest sales data revealed a high take-rate for Kuga's advanced driver assistance technologies: around a third of vehicles were sold with Rear View Camera and more than half featured Active Park Assist technology that helps drivers to parallel park.
On top of the Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter that is offered as standard, Kuga is available also with Adaptive Cruise Control including Forward Alert, which warns drivers if they are travelling too close to the vehicle in front. Another standard technology is the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, which warns if any of the tyres lose significant pressure during a journey. Further available technologies include Hands-Free Tailgate, Blind Spot Information System, Active City Stop, Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Keeping Alert, Auto High Beam, Driver Alert, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Kuga will now be offered in new colours Ruby Red Metallic, Magnetic Metallic and for the first time on any Ford vehicle, Tiger Eye Metallic, as well as a new interior colour, Medium Light Stone. An optional body-styling kit enhances the appearance of the car even further.
Sales of Kuga in Europe have increased by 33 per cent* year-over-year for the first nine months of 2014. From January through September, Ford sold more than 63,000 Kuga models in the main 20 European markets,** up from 47,600 during the same period in 2013. This contributed to a 20 per cent increase in Kuga's share of the medium-sized SUV market to 8.3 per cent from 6.9 per cent between January and August, 2014.
Since Ford's new Kuga was launched in Europe in 2012 more than 200,000 vehicles have been produced at Ford plants in Valencia, Spain and Elabuga, Russia. In addition, sales of Kuga in Russia increased by 97 per cent year-over-year during the 12-month period from Oct. 2013 to Sept. 2014.
Ford's expanding range of SUVs in Europe already includes the all-new EcoSport and also will next year include the charismatic, spacious and smart Ford Edge.
Ford Kuga Engine Upgrades
CO2 improvement over previous engine
|1.5-litre EcoBoost||FWD Manual||150 PS||143 g/km||7.1 per cent (11 g/km)|
|1.5-litre EcoBoost||AWD Automatic||182 PS||171 g/km||4.5 per cent (8 g/km)|
|2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi||FWD Manual||120 PS||122 g/km||12.2 per cent (17 g/km)|
|2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi||FWD Manual||150 PS||122 g/km||12.2 per cent (17 g/km)|
|2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi||AWD Manual||150 PS||135 g/km||9.4 per cent (14 g/km)|
|2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi||AWD PowerShift||150 PS||140 g/km||11.9 per cent (19 g/km)|
|2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi||AWD Manual||180 PS||135 g/km||9.4 per cent (14 g/km)|
|2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi||AWD PowerShift||180 PS||140 g/km||11.9 per cent (19 g/km)|