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2016-02-29 12:59

COMING TO SA: Ford's refreshed Kuga boasts styling and interior tweaks. Image: Quickpic

Barcelona - Ford revealed its refreshed Kuga SUV sporting enhanced tech, design tweaks and a new diesel engine

A rival to the Toyota Rav4, the Kuga benefits from design improvements inside and out.

The Kuga will include Ford’s new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, driver assistance technologies, an ergonomic interior and a new 88kW 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine.

Advanced Ford technologies include:

 • Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive, which adjusts the amount of torque sent to each wheel, optimising handling and traction especially in slippery conditions.
 • Curve Control, which mitigates against loss of control should a driver enter a bend with too much speed.
 • Torque Vectoring Control, which enhances the driving experience by applying a small amount of braking to inside wheels to assist traction and stability when cornering.

Ford South Africa did not confirm when the new Kuga would be launched locally.

  • New design
    The new Kuga shares its design with its EcoSport SUV sibling. The large upper trapezoidal grille and a smaller, lower grille are flanked by new headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights.
    New design <br />
  • Rear-end styling
    Restyled taillights round off a sportier look, while a new range of 17, 18 and 19" alloy wheel designs are available. Two new colours, grey and copper Pulse, are offered throughout the range. The Kuga gains a a power-operated retractable tow-hitch, that automatically stores itself out of sight below the rear bumper when not in use.
    Rear-end styling
  • Engines
    A new 88kW 1.5-litre TDCi joins the range. Offered with front-wheel drive, Ford claims a fuel consumption figure of 4.4l/100 km.

    Also available will be a 2.0-litre TDCi engine with 110kW in front-wheel drive and all wheel drive versions that achieve from 4.7l/100km and a 132kW all-wheel-drive version that delivers 5.2 litres/100km.
    Engines
  • Petrol engines
    Ford’s petrol offerings are a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, in 88kW or 110kW front-wheel drive form, achieves 6.2 litres/100km and a 133kW all-wheel-drive version delivers 7.4 litres/100km.
    Petrol engines
  • Interior
    Ford says the new Kuga's steering wheel has heatable leather to improve comfort in cold weather, while all auto versions feature paddle-shift controls that enable drivers to manually select gears.
    Interior
  • Convenience features
    Expect an an electronic parking brake to free room inside, while a hands-free tailgate, that can be opened or closed using a sliding motion by the owner's feet beneath the rear bumper, is carried over from the previous generation.
    Convenience features

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