has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and it will be offered with the 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, already available in the Ford Focus and C-MAX.
available from launch in the UK in early 2013
include 140PS and 163PS versions of Ford’s 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine, with Ford Powershift automatic gearbox an option.
The Kuga also has an all-wheel drive system which pre-emptively reassesses conditions 20 times faster than it takes to blink an eye, readjusting the AWD power split to give the driver the best blend of handling and traction.
Dynamics and cornering control are improved by the introduction of the Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) system first found on the new Focus.
Technological improvements include the introduction of a hands-free automatic tailgate which can be opened and closed simply by kicking a foot under the rear bumper.
Ford’s advanced voice control, device integration and in-car connectivity system SYNC will also be available from launch. It will include
, 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, for the emergency response.
A range of driver assistance technologies including the parallel parking aid
Active Park Assist
, and sensor-based 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, will also be available.
The all-new Ford Kuga features 442 litres of boot space (82 litres more than the current model), while the rear seats fold flat at the touch of a button.
The all-new Ford Kuga launches worldwide under the
One Ford strategy
, including in North America, where it is badged Escape. The Kuga is one of 10 cars to be built on the same medium car segment platform as the Ford Focus.