The new Ford Kuga modelyear 2013 – known in America as Ford Escape – is tailor-made for the European market and packs a bunch of advanced technology features to appeal to the sophisticated customers in the green continent. Since its launch in 2008, the Kuga has always been a best seller for Ford, with over 45,000 units sold in UK.
The main highlights of the new Ford Kuga include its Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system, including exclusive Curve Control, which results in a fun and engaging drive under normal circumstances, and mitigating to make behave itself itself only when needed, and the segment first hands-free tailgate that operates with a gentle kicking motion, ideal for shopping trips.
Being a Ford, the Kuga also benefits from a range of efficient EcoBoost engines and Ford SYNC infotainment with Emergency Assist system.
The Kuga’s engine lineup really suits the European market. The 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine 150PS front-wheel drive (FWD) achieves from 42.8mpg and 154g/km CO2. A 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq diesel engine is also available with 140PS in FWD and AWD versions offering from 53.3mpg and 139g/km CO2; and a 163PS version that achieves from 47.9mpg and 154g/km CO2.
Being a five-star NCAP car, Ford Kuga comes with the latest safety technologies and features, including Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System, Active City Stop, Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Departure Warning, Auto High Beam, Driver Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition.
As mentioned it also has the Emergency Assist system, which automatically set up an emergency call and provide GPS co-ordinates, in the local language where the car is being driven – using the onboard GPS and paired phones – the moment it detects airbag deployment or activation of the emergency fuel shut-off.
Prices for the new Ford Kuga starts from £20,895 in the UK.