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The Ford Kuga is coming

19.03.2013

SOUTH AFRICANS might not have known the Kuga for too long, but the new one is almost here and is ready to steal the competitions customers.

FORD SOUTH AFRICA has released details about the eagerly awaited all-new Kuga, soon to be launched locally.

The new Kuga will feature EcoBoost engine technology as part of its local line-up for the first time. The 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine will be available in two output levels.

The first 1.6 EcoBoost (in Ambiente and Trend spec) model produces 100kW and 240Nm of torque. Drive goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Ford claims a fuel-consumption figure of only 6.6 litres/100km while emitting just 154 grams of Co2 per kilometre.

The more powerful version, available in Trend and Titanium specifications, delivers 134kW and an identical 240Nm of torque. It features Ford’s PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission, as well as the company’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System with variable torque distribution. This system pre-emptively assesses conditions 20 times faster than it takes to blink an eye, readjusting the power split to give the driver the best combination of handling and traction. This version sips only 7.7 litres/100km with emissions of 154g/km of Co2.

The other engine in the new Kuga range is a 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq diesel, which produces 120kW and 340Nm, which is also mated to the PowerShift autobox and drives all four wheels, with fuel consumption at 6.2 litres/100km and Co2 emissions at 162g/km.

Ford’s ECOnetic technology also features across the range, which includes an EcoMode, gear-shift indicator and active grille shutter that reduces drag and fuel consumption.

The Kuga achieved the highest-ever protection score for an SUV with 88%, which awarded it a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

All models feature seven airbags, Isofix child seat attachments, ABS, EBD, ESP and emergency brake assist. Other optional safety features will include active park assist, blind-spot information system, active city stop, lane-keeping aid and lane-departure warning.

Three specifications will be on offer.

The entry-level Ambiente model features power heated side mirrors, front and rear fog lamps, 17” alloy wheels, auto stop/start (only available on front-wheel-drive models), Ford Keyless push start, EcoMode, SYNC with Bluetooth and voice control, steering-wheel audio controls and cruise control.

The Trend models add auto-folding mirrors with puddle lamps, rear parking sensors, leather sports seats, Sony audio system with nine speakers, a 4.2” TFT screen and dual electronic air-temperature control.

The lavishly equipped Titanium models get 18” alloys, bi-xenon headlamps - which include auto high beam and headlamp levelling, static cornering lights and daytime running lights - real LED tail lamps, rain-sensing wipers and smart keyless entry with hands-free ‘open sesame’ tailgate, which opens by waving your foot under the rear bumper with the key in your possession.

Prices will start at R289 900 for the 1.6 EcoBoost Ambiente FWD, with the range-topping 2.0 TDCi Titanium Powershift AWD retailing at R418 900. All prices include a 4-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty and 4-year/80 000km service plan on the petrol derivatives and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan on the diesel models. Also included is 3-year/unlimited km roadside assistance.

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19.03.2013
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