Promise of a new model suggests updates from new Escape will be added to its European equivalent

Ford has announced it will be revealing a new model and its latest in-car technology at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona on 22 February.

The carmaker has refrained from providing exact details, but insiders are predicting the updates will be shown on a facelifted Kuga.

If it is an updated Kuga, we already have a very good idea of what’s to come, because the model’s US-equivalent, the Escape (pictured below), was launched with a facelift at the LA motor show last year.

See what we thought of the second generation Ford Kuga on the test track

That car has a more angular face with a new wide-mouthed grille and reshaped tail lights . Inside, a three-spoke steering wheel that more closely resembles the one fitted to the Focus is added, and there’s also new switchgear for the climate control.

The Escape comes with Ford’s latest SYNC3 infotainment system, which utilises a 7in touchscreen display, and also features SYNC connect technology, which can remotely lock, start and even schedule future starts via a smartphone.

It has also been given active cruise control and lane-keep assist technology, forward collision warning and brake assist, as well as Ford’s latest park assist technology.

We can expect most, if not all of these updates to be applied to a facelifted Kuga.

Additionally, the US-market car’s engine line-up has received a few tweaks, but there’s no word as to whether the smaller line-up of European Kuga engines will be upgraded.

Currently, UK buyers have a choice of just two main turbocharged units, a 2.0-litre diesel and 1.5-litre petrol, although admittedly these come in several states of tune.

Our Verdict

Ford Kuga

The second-generation Ford Kuga sports an American facelift, new trims and added equipment, doesn't detract it from still being one of the more athletic SUVs on sale

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9 February 2016
Cant Ford design any other Alloy wheel, these have been about for as long as i can remember, and the facelift on KUGA - Fail, it doesn't look too different from the current model, which does not sell as well as it could.

If it had the Edge look about it, it would do far better.


9 February 2016
Russia is the country with probably more 4wd SUV's in private hands than any European country. This is for several reasons, not least the weather which with 5 to 6 months of snow and ice about everywhere bar Sochi (hence Putin's favourite place - or palace of residence). There are also far more varieties of 4WD and FWD SUV;s here than in any one European country. And that brings me to the KUGA. It is expensive boring and not popular at all here. It has little appeal to the masses and in fact I only know one person who owns a Kuga and she is a VET and very short in stature and told me it was the only SUV where she could reach the peddles and not crush her over ample bosom when she was comfortable behind the wheel. I personally find it does nothing to stir the soul either. - The Kuga that is - lol

what's life without imagination

9 February 2016
Please enlighten us further on the 'over ample bosom', images if possible.
Not a Daily Mail 'journalist' by any chance?


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