A rival to the Toyota Rav4, the Kuga benefits from design improvements inside and out.
The Kuga will include Ford’s new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, driver assistance technologies, an ergonomic interior and a new 88kW 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine.
Advanced Ford technologies include:
• Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive, which adjusts the amount of torque sent to each wheel, optimising handling and traction especially in slippery conditions.
• Curve Control, which mitigates against loss of control should a driver enter a bend with too much speed.
• Torque Vectoring Control, which enhances the driving experience by applying a small amount of braking to inside wheels to assist traction and stability when cornering.
Ford South Africa did not confirm when the new Kuga would be launched locally.
The new Kuga shares its design with its EcoSport SUV sibling. The large upper trapezoidal grille and a smaller, lower grille are flanked by new headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights.