“New Kuga offers cutting-edge new features and technologies that will help drivers stay connected, comfortable, safe and stylish on the road,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The sophisticated redesign has given Kuga a fresh and modern feel, while SYNC 3 enables drivers to communicate with their vehicle and connected devices in seamless ways that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago.”
So the new Ford Kuga sports utility vehicle (SUV) promises an even more technologically advanced, refined, safer and more enjoyable experience for SUV customers in the UK; but does it deliver?
Let's take a look at what has changed to make one of Ford's newer cars something to consider when you are looking to lease a car from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts.
One of the more trumpeted advancements when it comes to the new Ford Kuga is the addition of Ford’s new SYNC 3 connectivity system to the list of technological advances available, enabling drivers to control audio and navigation functions AND connected smartphones via simple, more conversational voice commands.
Having listened to comments from more than 22,000 customers who have used SYNC in its previous incarnations, and using insights gained from research clinics and surveys, Ford has refined the system to make sure that it is "the most customer centric system to date."
Available now with 5 additional languages, faster performance, and simplified commands, simply by pushing a button and saying “I need a coffee,” “I need petrol,” and “I need to park,” drivers can locate nearby cafés, petrol stations or car parks, and find train stations, airports, and hotels.
SYNC 3 is operated via an 8" touch screen in the same way as a smartphone is used, featuring larger, easier to operate buttons and pinch and swipe gesture abilities for the first time, and is compatible with both Apple and Android systems. It also delivers SYNC AppLink, allowing activation via voice commands of a range of smartphone apps that include Glympse, Aupeo, Spotify, MyBoxMan, HearMeOut, AccuWeather, and Los 40 Principales.
As Christof Kellerwessel, chief engineer, Electronic and Electrical Systems Engineering at Ford of Europe says: "[SYNC 3 is] designed to complement modern smartphones, understands more natural speech, is faster, and offers an easier-to-read graphical interface.”
The new Ford Kuga makes driving and parking simpler for customers via use of even more sophisticated Ford driver assistance technologies than ever before. This includes:
This means that the new car has a large upper trapezoidal grille and a smaller lower grille flanked by sleek new headlamps that incorporate LED daytime running lights and stylish fog lamps.
At the back the new Kuga sports restyled taillights complete the sporty look, and the whole car is now framed by a new range of 17", 18" and 19" alloy wheel designs also in variety of finishes including Luster Nickel.
Add to all this two new available car colours (Guard Grey and Copper Pulse) along with a power-operated retractable tow bar, and the external sporty look of the new Kuga is complete.
Inside sees a refined and meticulously crafted interior that now offers a "more ergonomic, stylish and comfortable experience for occupants."
There are fewer and more easily distinguishable buttons and switches, making the controls easier to recognise and navigate, and the steering wheel is also offered with heated leather (to improve comfort in cold weather) and, on automatic models, paddle-shift controls to enable gear selection manually while keeping hands on the wheel.
Other features include:
The new Ford Kuga is available as both the ST-line and the luxurious new Kuga Vignale; for the first time ever, and both offering customers greater choice of styling and specification as part of the most comprehensive Kuga line-up ever.
The Kuga ST-Line delivers bold exterior and interior styling including unique alloy wheels and sport seat designs, and joins the Fiesta ST-Line, Focus ST-Line and Mondeo ST-Line as part of Ford’s new range of ST-Line models, as well as offering sporty driving dynamics thanks to optimised suspension and steering.
The upscale Kuga Vignale is available with the expected exclusive specification that includes the unique Vignale pearlescent Milano Grigio exterior colour, and unique hexagonal-quilted Windsor leather with prominent tuxedo-style stitching for the seats and door interiors. The Kuga Vignale follows the Ford Mondeo Vignale, S-MAX Vignale and Edge Vignale in Europe.
The new Kuga not only features all these technology and style changes, but also now benefits from Ford’s latest TDCi diesel and EcoBoost petrol engines to ensure optimised performance alongside low CO2 emissions and reduced running costs.
For example, Ford’s 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine with six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive (FWD) delivers a 5 per cent fuel efficiency improvement compared with the outgoing 120PS 2.0-litre TDCi , offering 64.2 mpg and 115g/km CO2.
Other diesel powertrains available include:
All 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre TDCi engines feature advanced new diesel engine technologies such as a lean NOX trap for cleaner exhaust emissions, components with a special Diamond Like Coating that reduces friction, and a sophisticated Variable Nozzle Turbocharger for enhanced engine breathing, while all turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engines feature advanced technologies including high-pressure direct fuel injection and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing.
In the case of the new Ford Kuga, models that feature the EcoBoost powertrain include:
Other fuel-saving technologies offered right across the range include Auto-Start-Stop and Smart Regenerative Charging.
The latest Ford technologies and changes to the body styling and engineering on the new Ford Kuga have also been developed to help drivers see more clearly and enhance safety on the road for both new Kuga occupants and other road users.
Joe Bakaj can finish off this seemingly never-ending list of refinements when it comes to the new Ford Kuga: "Sophisticated technologies like our Intelligent All Wheel Drive enhance safety and confidence for our customers. Intelligent All Wheel Drive measures how the car’s wheels are gripping the road surface and can make adjustments in less than 20 milliseconds – 20 times quicker than it takes to blink."
The new Ford Kuga is now available to order from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts for delivery early next year. Contact one of our Customer Service Representatives now for more details and to reserve your very own Ford Kuga, and join the growing SUV market.