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Published on September 02, 2016 with No Comments

Kuga by Ford brings in exciting tweaks and a sporty look for an even sharper drive.

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The Kuga is Ford’s new addition to its family of SUV range, sporting a spanking new look, improved driving dynamics, fuel efficiency and safety. The aggressive styling translates to a new honeycomb front grille in gloss black, tinted lights and privacy glass. The interior features a unique leather treatment for the seats, doors and instrument panel complete with bespoke tuxedo stitching and leather extending to the boot floor and tailgate.

This stylish Smart Utility Vehicle is even more capable, more practical and more connected, says Ford. It introduces a segment-first powered hands-free tailgate and debuts Ford’s new intelligent all-wheel drive system and Curve Control. Kuga also comes with enhanced Torque Vectoring Control for the first time, helping deliver best-in class handling.

Drivers will also be able to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple, more conversational voice commands, with Ford’s new SYNC 3 connectivity system. Ford has drawn on more than 22,000 comments and insights gained from research clinics and surveys to ensure the new version is the most customer-centric system to date. SYNC 3 delivers faster performance, simplified commands and supports five additional languages. Simply by pushing a button and saying “I need a coffee,” “I need petrol,” and “I need to park,” drivers can locate nearby cafes, petrol stations or car parks, and find train stations, airports and hotels.

Under the hood, a new 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine is introduced. Offered with front-wheel drive, Ford is targeting a fuel efficiency improvement for the new engine of about 5 per cent to 64.2mpg and 115g/km CO2 while producing the same power.

Also available will be a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine with 150PS in front-wheel drive and Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive versions that achieve from 60.1mpg and 122g/km CO2; and a 180PS Intelligent All Wheel Drive version that delivers from 54.3mpg and 135g/km CO2.

Further refinement comes with enhanced and sophisticated body engineering that help drivers see more clearly on the road. Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System is available for the first time on Kuga and monitors ambient light conditions and automatically optimises visibility by adjusting the beam angle of the new bi xenon headlights to one of seven settings depending on the vehicle’s speed, steering angle and distance to an object in front.

“Sophisticated technologies like our Intelligent All Wheel Drive enhance safety and confidence for our customers,” says Ford. “Intelligent All Wheel Drive measures how the car’s wheels are gripping the road surface and can make adjustments in less than 20 milliseconds – 20 times quicker than it takes to blink.”

The new Ford Kuga is a mong five all-new or redesigned Ford vehicles that will compete in the SUV and crossover space in the next three years.

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