The successful Ford Kuga strengthens
its reputation as a leading vehicle in its class with exciting new
powertrain options designed to boost performance, improve fuel economy
and reduce CO2. Coupled with a new 'Individual' trim, Ford
Kuga continues to combine striking design with rewarding driving
The new powertrain combinations include
a powerful new 163PS version of the 2.0-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel
engine, a new 140PS version of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine
(previously 136PS) and availability of the advanced Ford PowerShift
six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox for the popular all-wheel-drive
Gill Palmer, Kuga product manager, Ford
of Britain, said: "The Ford Kuga has been a huge hit with our retail
customers and these powertrain upgrades will only help strengthen its
appeal. Kuga is recognised for its attractive styling and the new
luxury 'Individual' trim is ideal for those customers wanting to make
the ultimate image statement."
Ford Kuga brought new levels of fuel
economy and CO2 emissions to the small 4x4 segment at launch
and these new models continue that tradition. The two-wheel-drive (2WD)
Kuga fitted with the new 140PS version of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi
engine achieves a CO2 output of just 156g/km, while the 140PS
and 163PS all-wheel-drive (AWD) models with manual transmission deliver
159g/km, a six per cent reduction compared with the previous 136PS
The Kuga also benefits now from the
efficiency advantages delivered by the Ford PowerShift gearbox. CO2
emissions for the 140PS and 163PS AWD diesel automatic models are
These powertrain combinations have been
tuned carefully to complement the Kuga’s highly effective intelligent
AWD system, which provides outstanding handling and traction, while
keeping fuel consumption to a minimum.
For drivers requiring even greater
performance, the updated Kuga range continues to offer the 200PS
2.5-litre Duratec petrol engine with the choice of six-speed manual or
five-speed automatic transmissions.
Dressed to impress
While customers will appreciate the
performance and economy improvements in the latest Kuga, its distinctive
'kinetic design' exterior and interior styling can be enhanced with the
ultimate Ford 'Individual' trims available on the Titanium series
– Unique 'Individual' Front Grille
– Body Coloured Side Skirts and
– 19" Alloy Wheels
– Roof Rails
– Privacy Glass
– Premium Ebony Leather, Scuff
Plates and Floor Mats with 'Individual' Logo
– Aluminium Pedals (manual
– High Gloss Black trim
New 163PS Duratorq TDCi diesel
The Ford Kuga is now available with a
new 163PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine which delivers improved low-end
response, increased power and superior refinement along with a
significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
With 20 per cent more peak power, the
new 163PS engine with manual transmission provides significantly
improved performance in the Kuga, with top speed increased from 112 to
121 mph and acceleration time from 0-62 mph cut from 10.7 to 9.6
For daily driving, however, there is a
broader spread of torque (with the maximum of 340 Nm delivered between
2,000 and 3,250rpm) and much stronger responses below 2,000 rpm (with
over 250Nm produced at just 1,250rpm). The improved pulling power is
reflected in the fourth gear acceleration time between 31 and 62mph
which has reduced from 9.4 to 8.1 secs.
More economical, cleaner and
The 163PS Duratorq TDCi Kuga achieves a
combined fuel consumption of 47.1mpg*, a six per cent improvement
despite the new model’s power and torque advantages.
CO2 emissions are reduced to
159g/km (from 169g/km), while the new engine also meets the latest
European Stage V emissions standards. A diesel particulate filter –
designed to require no maintenance for the life of the vehicle – is
fitted as standard.
The new engine delivers reduced overall
noise levels and a sound quality at idle which approaches that of the
latest petrol engines. This was achieved through careful design
optimisation and calibration of the combustion process, fuel injection
system and engine structure, additional guide vanes and noise dampers in
the intake system to manage sound from the turbo, and acoustic treatment
on the engine heat shield and top cover to reduce radiated noise.
Overall vehicle refinement is further
enhanced through the use of an acoustic windscreen to reduce wind noise,
and an improved sound deadening package within the cabin and luggage
compartment to lower the levels of road noise.
New 140PS TDCi also available
The updated Kuga range also features a
140PS derivative of the new 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine, which
benefits from the same enhancements to low-end responsiveness, fuel
economy, emissions and refinement delivered by the larger 163PS version.
The 140PS engine replaces the prior 136PS Duratorq TDCi diesel in the
For Kuga customers who do not need AWD
capability, the 140PS TDCi engine is also available with 2WD. The 140PS
2WD model achieves a CO2 output of just 156g/km.
Kuga AWD models with both the 140PS and
163PS versions of the new 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine can be
specified with the advanced Ford PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch
Ford PowerShift combines the
efficiency, optimised gear ratios and driving enjoyment of a manual
gearbox with the smoothness and ease-of-use of a conventional automatic.
The transmission’s efficiency helps the two Kuga TDCi PowerShift models
achieve leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions for automatic
vehicles, with combined fuel consumption of 41.5mpg* and a CO2
output of 179g/km.
In the Kuga, the transmission has three
modes. It can be operated like a traditional automatic, with a normal
gear lever in the centre console featuring the typical P, R, N and D
settings. Once in D (Drive), the gear lever can then be moved into a
parallel gate to the right, activating a more responsive sports shift
schedule and enabling the driver to make swift and smooth manual changes
by moving the lever forwards (to change down) or backwards (to change
Ford PowerShift gear ratios are
optimised for fuel economy and the transmission has a number of
intelligent functions such as hill hold and roll-back prevention, load
detection (giving later upshifts with a trailer), downhill detection
(allowing the use of engine braking), and corner detection (avoiding
shifts when cornering).
The updated Kuga range is on sale from
£20,495 (effective 2 August 2010).