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Ford launches front wheel drive version of Kuga

You can now have the chunky looks of the Ford Kuga with the improved economy of front-wheel-drive. Ford is launching a two-wheel-drive version that improves the economy from 44.1mpg to 46.3mpg, and lowers the emissions from 169g/km to 159g/km CO2. The 2.0-litre 136 PS TDCi engine remains.

As legislation changes in April next year, the 2WD Kuga will especially benefit business customers who will be eligible for a 20 per cent annual write down allowance against Corporation Tax for a car with less than 160g/km CO2 (compared with 10 per cent over 160g/km).

Customers will also benefit from the model’s improved fuel economy as it falls into the new sub-160g/km banding for Vehicle Excise Duty.

The front-wheel-drive version is also cheaper to buy as well as run, starting at £18,595 in the base Zetec spec rather than £20,460 for the AWD version.

Meanwhile at the other end of the scale, a 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol-engine joins the range, with four-wheel-drive being retained for this model. Ford is aiming this version at people it believes will be downsizing from large 4x4s. The 6 speed manual version emits 234g/km, and the auto version emits a hefty 244g/km, so making it likely to be a very small seller.