For its mid-life makeover, the Kuga gets a more masculine nose job that draws on the latest Ford design philosophy, with a large six-point grille, accompanied by a redesigned bumper and new bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. At the back, Ford’s designer revamped the taillights and re-trimmed the bumper. The new Kuga also gets a wide range of stylish alloy wheels.
Inside, one will notice a large eight-inch touchscreen for the new Sync 3 infotainment system that now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. It also enables pinch and swipe gestures for the first time. Ford also replaced the conventional handbrake with an electronic-brake. There’s a newly designed steering wheel, optionally offered with heated leather as well as fewer, more easily distinguishable buttons and switches across the dash.
The new Kuga will be the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start/Stop standard with either of two EcoBoost engines: a 1.5-litre and a 2.0-litre twin-scroll petrol. The technology senses when the vehicle is sitting idle and shuts off the engine to conserve fuel, resulting in a four percent to six percent improvement in fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic. The engine restarts automatically - in less than half a second - when the driver releases the brake pedal. A new 1.5-litre turbo diesel will also join the range. Customers can expect the Kuga to be offered in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive versions.
No dates have been given by Ford South Africa yet as to when the Kuga will arrive, but we will be sure to keep you posted.