Fords second generation Kuga has been unveiled at the Geneva Show. Its bigger, has more connectivity, great engines – and an unusual way to open and close the boot!
It looks very similar to the old one, but is bigger, offering 82 litres more boot space than the old model. Other than that its much the same; after all, why change a winning formula if you dont have to?
As well as being slightly bigger, the new Kuga is packed with technology including SYNC, Fords system for in-car connectivity and voice control. It will also be able to alert the emergency services automatically, giving them the location of the car using its on-board GPS if the fuel is shut off automatically or the airbags deployed in an accident.
Buyers will also get Active Park Assist to help them parallel park and Blind Spot Information System to, er, help them see other vehicles that might be in their blindspot.
Oh, and the rear seats now fold flat at the touch of a button. Annoyingly, there aren’t yet any photos of the interior though.
Two diesel engines 138bhp and 161bhp versions of the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine will be available from launch, alongside the 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine from the new Focus and C-MAX.
They have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard but you can have an auto box with the diesels if youd rather not change gears yourself.
All come with four-wheel drive as standard, as well as Torque Vectoring Control, which was first seen on the Ford Focus, to help improve cornering.
Ford has engineered in a hands-free automatic tailgate that is opened and closed by kicking a plate under the rear bumper. Very cool! (see the video below, it has a demo at the end)
Price: To be announced.
Available from:The new Ford Kuga will be launched worldwide in 2013.