The all-new Ford Kuga SUV has been launched in Australia with smart new technologies, better fuel efficiency and safety (Read review here). Priced from $27,990 plus on-roads for the Kuga Ambiente 2WD manual, the six model range features segment-leading smart technologies such as voice-activated Ford SYNC connectivity with Emergency Assistance, hands-free tailgate and Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control All-Wheel Drive system.
“We’re signalling to the medium SUV market that the all-new Ford Kuga is a serious contender with the front-wheel-drive Ambiente model from $27,990* (*Manufacturer’s List Price),” according to David Katic, General Manager, Marketing, Ford Australia.
“Customers today are chasing value-for-money and the Ford Kuga delivers,” he said.
“With three models to choose from – Ambiente, Trend and Titanium – and the availability of either the standard EcoBoost petrol engine or optional turbo-diesel engine on Trend and Titanium, customers now have an even better reason to put the Ford Kuga on their shopping lists.”
The Ford Kuga is the first Ford vehicle in Australia to feature Emergency Assistance across the range. It uses the driver’s own mobile phone and runs in the background once paired with SYNC. Upon airbag deployment or activation of the emergency fuel shut-off within the car, Emergency Assistance initiates an emergency call and can provide GPS co-ordinates to the emergency services.
Another first is Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio on Trend and Titanium models.
Compared to the previous-generation, the new Kuga is 81mm longer, 4mm narrower and 8mm lower. Much of this new real estate is devoted to the rear passengers and luggage area, which now offers 46-litres more luggage space.
The new Ford Kuga also has a stronger safety cell which helps it achieve a maximum 5-star ANCAP rating. It is equipped with a comprehensive list of active and passive safety features such as 7 airbags, Dynamic Stability Control with ABS, Trailer Stability Function and Hill Launch Assist, Brake Assist and rear parking sensors.
Further driver-assistance technologies are available in the $2,650 Technology Pack on the Trend and Titanium models. They bring:
- Active City Stop
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Blind Spot Information System
- Lane Keeping Aid
- Lane Departure Warning
- Auto High Beam Control
- Driver Impairment Monitor
Two engines are on offer, a 1.6-litre EcoBoost that generates 110kW/240Nm (FWD) or 134kW/240Nm (AWD) and a 2.0-litre Duratorq turbo-diesel that produces 120kW/340Nm. The petrol powerplant can be matched with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic, while the diesel is paired only with a 6-speed PowerShift twin-clutch transmission.
|Model||Drivetrain||Engine||Price (excl. on-roads)|
|Ambiente||FWD manual||1.6-litre EcoBoost||$27,990|
|Ambiente||AWD automatic||1.6-litre EcoBoost||$31,490|
|Trend||AWD automatic||1.6-litre EcoBoost||$36,240|
|Trend||AWD automatic||2.0-litre TDCi||$39,240|
|Titanium||AWD automatic||1.6-litre EcoBoost||$44,740|
|Titanium||AWD automatic||2.0-litre TDCi||$47,740|