Ford's stylish Kuga SUV took about five years to arrive locally and was launched in South Africa early in 2012. Only one year on and the US automaker will launch the updated version in April 2013 sporting a new design and increased fuel economy.According to Ford, its more fuel efficient has a sharper design and nifty features such as it s "open sesame" handsfree auto boot, all-wheel drive, lane keeping aid and blind spot indication. NEW ENGINESThe range includes a new turbocharged 1.6 EcoBoost petrol engine and a 2.0 turbo diesel. The 1.6 petrol is available in two variants - 110kW manual and 134kW auto.The 110kW front-wheel drive petrol is mated to a six-speed manual. Ford claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.6 litres/100km with an emissions rating of 154 g/km. The 134kW model sports all-wheel drive and the engine is mated to a six-speed auto with selectshift. It uses 7.7 litres/100km and emits 179 g/km of CO2. Both variants produce 240Nm between 1600 and 4000 rpm.Image galleryThe two-litre TDCi Duratorq diesel engine is good for 120kW and 340Nm between 2000 and 3250rpm. The diesel-powered Kuga has AWD and a six-speed powershift auto. Consumption is rated at 6.2 litres/100km with 162g/km CO2. ECO FRIENDLYFurther additions to help reduce the Kuga’s carbon footprint include Eco mode, gear shift indicator and an active grille shutter to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption. Optional goodies include active park assist, blind spot information system, active city stop, lane keeping aid, and lane departure warning.The model line-up sees seven airbags across the range, ISOFIX child seat attachments, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA) and electronic stability control (ESP). There are six models to choose from with three different spec levels. Wheels24 will be attending the local launch in April 2013.PRICINGKuga 1.6 EcoBoost Ambiente FWD R289 900Kuga 1.6 EcoBoost Trend FWD R324 900Kuga 1.6 EcoBoost Trend Auto AWD R364 900Kuga 1.6 EcoBoost Titanium Auto AWD R398 900Kuga 2.0 TDCi Trend Powershift AWD R384 900Kuga 2.0 TDCi Trend Powershift AWD R418 900The Kuga comes with a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, a four-year or 80 000km service plan on petrol models and a five year or 90 000km service plan on diesel derivatives. A three-year or unlimited km roadside assistance plan. Service intervals are at 20 000km on petrol derivatives and 15 000km on diesel models.