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Longer Ford Kuga test mule suggests seven-seats for next generation


Updated in 2016 having been on sale since in Europe in 2013, first spy images have emerged of the third generation Ford Kuga being tested in what appears to be Germany.

While appearing no different from the model that launched locally last year on first glance, the test mule pictured is in fact longer with a noticeable black strip present over the C-pillar, which reports suggest could elude to the next model having seven-seats.

Aside from the absence of any Ford badges and the white masking on the bumpers and tailgate, which could have been done on purpose to disguise its newfound width, the prototype looks identical to the current Kuga, although reports have claimed that the production model could have styling derived from the new Focus.

Like the current Kuga, the newcomer will more than likely also ride on the same platform as the Focus, and feature a similar interior layout as first seen on the new Fiesta. A selection of EcoBoost turbo-petrol and EcoBlue turbodiesel engines would continue to provide motivation, along with a plug-in hybrid model.

Although unconfirmed, Ford is expected to reveal the all-new Kuga sometime in 2020.

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