FORD’S stylish new Kuga model will cost more than £1,000 less than the current version when it arrives early next year.
It means the latest generation of a model that has sold 45,000 in the UK since 2008 will be priced from £20,895 when it arrives early next year.
Like its predecessor, the all-new Kuga will feature a three-series line-up of Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X and Ford says all like-for-like models are lower in price with significant additional standard skit.
The top-selling 2.0-litre TDCi 163PS version, at £25,545, is £355 less than the outgoing model, with new standard equipment including fold-flat seats, reclining rear seats, adjustable load floor, Ford SYNC with Audible Text Messaging and Emergency Assist, Visual AWD Monitor, electronic power steering, Hill Start Assist and enhanced cruise control with active speed limiter.
There’s also a hands-free tailgate along with better handling thanks to Ford’s new intelligent all-wheel drive system and enhanced torque vectoring control.
Engine choice comprises 150PS and 180PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol units and 140PS and 163PS 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq diesels.
All wheel drive diesel models are available with Ford’s PowerShift transmission while the front wheel drive diesels now boast CO2 emissions from 139g/km.
Technologies like the parallel parking aid Active Park Assist and sensor-based Blind Spot Information System, which indicates with a warning light in the door mirror that a potential hazard is in the driver’s blind spot, will also be available.
And there’s also 82 litres more boot space than the current model, while the new Fold Flat Seating system enables more than 200 litres of extra space.
Ford says the new Kuga will herald the start of a comprehensive SUV line-up in Europe and will be followed by the EcoSport, the company’s entry into the small SUV arena, and the larger, more premium Edge crossover.
Ford vice-president Roelant de Waard said: “The first-generation Kuga was a huge success with customers. The all-new, second-generation Kuga is a smarter, more fuel-efficient and even more fun to drive SUV.”