Now though, the brand has introduced the updated Kuga to the European market with conformation of the local introduction still to be confirmed.
Here’s what you need to know:
- There’s a new infotainment system- The third generation Sync infotainment system in the new Kuga will feature faster performance, simplified commands, an 8-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with selected app compatibility.
- The new model looks different- The new Kuga looks a lot more like a large version of the popular EcoSport model with a large upper trapezoidal grille and a smaller lower grille are flanked by sleek new headlamps incorporating LED Daytime Running Lights and fog lamps. At the rear observers will note re-shaped headlamps while in side profile there is also new alloy wheels.
- The interior has been refreshed- The interior has been simplified, with fewer buttons for the climate control and entertainment system while there is also an electronic parking brake in place of a hand brake.
- There’s a new engine- A new 1.5 litre turbodiesel replaces the old 2.0 litre diesel in the front-wheel driven diesel variants. The new engine is more efficient, with a claimed consumption of just 4.4 litres/100km. There will still be a 2.0 litre diesel model in both front and all-wheel drive variants too while the familiar 1.5 litre turbo petrol motor still does the business in other models.
- It gets adaptive lighting- The updated Kuga will be available with the Adaptive Front Lighting System which monitors ambient light conditions and automatically optimises visibility by adjusting the beam angle of the bi‑xenon headlights to one of seven settings depending on the vehicle’s speed, steering angle and distance to an object in front.
- It gets advanced driving assistance options- Expect options such as all-wheel drive, Curve Control and 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