Ford has made a lot of changes in the new Kuga SUV to keep it in competition with the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, and Hyundai Tucson. The current model is with us since 2012 and the brand are offering a lot of discount offers on the outgoing model before the new model enters the market. A whole raft of new tech has been introduced in the latest Kuga.
The latest version of Ford’s infotainment system that is known as SYNC 3, can control the car’s functions with simple voice commands and operates via sound signals, is also featured in the car. For example, press the SYNC button and say “Park the car.” The satellite navigation will search out the nearest parking locations and help you park the car. The system, available on Titanium models and higher trims also features integrated Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility.
Ford Kuga 2017 EXTERIOR
Outside, the car brings the styling closer to both the larger Edge and smaller Eco Sport. At the front, a large trapezoidal grille features two bold chrome bars across its center, giving the car a much more substantial look. The bumper has been altered too, while the lights are now similar in shape to those found on the Mondeo.
The bonnet with more rounded shape is claimed to reduce the risk of injury to any pedestrians unfortunate enough to come into contact with it. The changes to the sides are more subtle, while at the rear a redesigned pair of tail lights is placed above a new bumper. Alloy wheels are offered in sizes ranging from 17- to 19-inches and a new Copper Pulse paint finish.
Ford Kuga 2017 INTERIOR
When it comes to the interior, the outgoing Kuga model contained from a fussy dashboard design, featured with too many buttons. Ford designers have addressed this issue and improved it with the updated model, which now uses a new eight-inch touchscreen catering for most of the car’s infotainment functions. The screen behaves much like a smartphone, offering the users the ability to pinch and swipe through menus, with large and bold icons that are user-friendly to operate. Simplified air conditioning controls and a redesigned steering wheel are also featured.
The front end features redesigned headlights with adaptive lighting, which automatically adjusts the car’s bi-xenon headlights depending on speed, steering angle and distance from oncoming traffic. This system offers the best view of the road ahead without dazzling other drivers. An improved version of Active City Stop, which readies and applies the brakes if a hazard is detected ahead, now operates at speeds of up to 31mph, up from 19mph previously. Following on from Ford’s semi-autonomous parallel parking system, the Kuga now can park in bay spaces, too. The system also includes Park-Out Assistance, which helps drivers leave a parallel parking space, too.
Ford Kuga 2017 ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
A new diesel engine joins the Kuga range. The 1.5-litre unit produces 118hp and is claimed to return 64.2mpg making it the most frugal choice in the range. That still trails behind the 1.5-litre 71mpg Nissan Qashqai and 69mpg Vauxhall Mokka but is better than rivals from Hyundai and Kia. The most frugal petrol 1.5-litre Eco Boost unit now manages a claimed 45.6mpg – up from the previous 42.8mpg.
Ford Kuga 2017- PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
The prices for the new Kuga are yet to be revealed, but shouldn’t vary wildly from the current model. Expect to pay around £21,000 for the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol in Zetec trim.
The car will go on release in October 2016.