Facelifted mid-size Kuga SUV gets the latest version of Ford's Sync infotainment system and a new 1.5-litre diesel engine
23 February 2016

The facelifted Ford Kuga SUV has been revealed at Geneva, with a new diesel engine option and the latest version of its Sync infotainment service.

The updated Kuga has a more heavily sculpted bonnet which is claimed to increase pedestrian protection in the event of an accident.

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Exterior styling cues have been taken from the updated EcoSport compact SUV, with new self-adjusting bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and new fog lamps, while the rear gets restyled tail-lights and a power-operated tow bar that stores itself out of sight when not in use. The tailgate can also be opened with a kicking motion below the rear bumper.

New ranges of 17- 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels are also available while inside there are fewer buttons, a new electronic parking brake and an improved design.

For 2016 the Kuga gets a new 120bhp 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine with front-wheel drive, which is capable of returning 64.2mpg while emitting 115g/km of CO2. A 2.0-litre TDCi diesel unit with 150bhp is also available, in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; it returns 60.1mpg and emits 122g/km CO2. A 180bhp Intelligent All Wheel Drive version, delivering 54.3mpg and emitting 135g/km CO2, is also available.

The 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol unit also remains in 120bhp or 150bhp guises. An all-wheel-drive 182bhp variant of the petrol engine returns 38.2mpg and 171g/km of CO2.

The new Sync 3 system comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. It allows drivers to control functions using conversational voice commands. By saying ‘I need a coffee’ or ‘I need petrol,’ for example, the system will locate nearby stops.

All-wheel-drive models offer Ford’s semi-autonomous perpendicular parking technology which helps drivers to park hands‑free in spaces alongside other cars. Cross traffic alert aids drivers reversing out of a parking space, while park-out assist helps drivers as they exit parallel parking spaces. A new enhanced version of Ford’s active city stop is also onboard, now operating at speeds up to 31mph – an increase of 12mph.

The facelifted Kuga will go on sale in the UK in October.

Danni Bagnall

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20 February 2016

Simpler, cleaner, and the black pack ( probably a Sport version ) suits it well. Still not as good looking as the 1st gen, but greatly improved.

 

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20 February 2016
tuga wrote:

Simpler, cleaner, and the black pack ( probably a Sport version ) suits it well. Still not as good looking as the 1st gen, but greatly improved.

I also think it's an improvement over the current model.

20 February 2016

Cleaner & Smarter looking good improvement - give the Sports model more power to steal sales from the Audis & BMWs

jer

20 February 2016

Doesn't get any better at this styling thing. So it looks like its bigger sibling. These should sell like not cakes given demand for this type of car.

20 February 2016

The Mk1 Kuga was very well received and took the competition by surprise it made the others hurry back to the drawing-board, and this one is a return to form for Ford, if a bit too conservative at the front and rear but the interior is just right. I also like the innovative tow bar solution as most customers who use such would not mind it not seen until needed. Watch the opposition scurry again and listen to the usual bias motoring journalists with their petty complaints about minor details- Well done Ford a step in the right direction, continue this way and I might become a customer once again.

P.S lose the bee-sting aerials.

20 February 2016

Where have I seen that front before? oh yes its a knock off of the new Tucson, got to love the flattery of copying.

22 February 2016

For someone to claim that the Kuga is copying the Hyundai Tucson is totally clueless- Hyundai has been copying the styling of various manufacturers over the years namely Mercedes and Ford! Get a clue and see who had the trapezoidal grill first, and then see how Hyundai/Kia is gradually morphing into these styling changes, the Fusion is copied so too is the Ford Ecosport by GM, The grill on the Kuga is from a 2015 Ford Edge in the US, the Tucson is a 2016 style do the math and see which is first 2015 or 16?
Look also to the 2014 Focus and Mondeo and see that bold grill, Even the heralded Genesis is a styling rip-off, they are almost Mercedes in every detail- if you are willing to criticise the decent thing is to do so with FACTS!

23 February 2016
The Apprentice wrote:

Where have I seen that front before? oh yes its a knock off of the new Tucson, got to love the flattery of copying.

Maybe you should go and check out where some of the current design staff used to work...

20 February 2016

Should give the CashCow a run for its Yen.

21 February 2016

I like it, its a good improvement. Interior isn't the best looking, though.

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