Ford is taking aim at the compact SUV segment with its new Kuga which is an four-wheel-drive crossover vehicle.
It is making its first appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
It shares its styling cues with that of Ford's Iosis X Concept car, which was shown at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.
The Ford Kuga will be available with an intelligent four-wheel-drive system, however, it will be available as a front-wheel-drive only version too.
The Kuga's powertrain will feature Ford's established 2.0-litre TDCi common-rail diesel engine mated to a Durashift 6-speed manual transmission.
Further details of the Kuga powertrain will be released closer to launch in early 2008.
For the production Ford Kuga the coupé-like roof profile of the Iosis X Concept has been adjusted to a slightly higher silhouette.
The luggage compartment is accessed via a split tailgate and this, together with the divided rear lights, ensures the maximum full load width is available for loading and unloading.
Its rear end design also incorporates the graphic elements of Ford's "kinetic design" such as the high mounted tail lamps, facetted rear glass and sculptured rear bumper.
The rear bumper neatly integrates the tailpipes into the contours of the diffuser.