Ford has announced price and specification details for the forthcoming Kuga crossover. The range will start from £20,895 – £1,000 less than the current model – and rise to £29,795.

It will be offered with Ford’s 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engine in 148 and 178bhp states of tune. A 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq diesel is also offered with either 138 or 161bhp.

A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, with Ford’s Powershift automatic transmission available on four-wheel-drive diesel models.

As before, three trim levels will be available: Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X.

The best-selling 161bhp 2.0 TDCi in Titanium trim is available for £25,545, £355 less than before. It’s fitted as standard with reclining rear seats, adjustable load floor, Ford SYNC with audible text messaging and Emergency Assist, four-wheel-drive monitor, Hill Start Assist and cruise control.

Options usually seen on more expensive executive saloons can also be specified, including a hands-free tailgate and intelligent four-wheel drive with Torque Vectoring Control.

The new Kuga marks the start of a new Ford SUV line-up for Europe. It will be followed by the Ecosport and much larger Edge, which is already on sale in the United States.

Order books are open now, with the first cars expected to arrive in dealerships early in 2013.

Daljinder Nagra