May 11, 2013
Design wise, European and rugged, the Kuga is a trendy looking SUV. It will come with a 1.6 litre Ecoboost turbocharged engine which produces 177hp and 240Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. As a comparison, CR-V's 2.0 litre natural aspirated i-VTEC engine produces 153hp and 190Nm of torque.
Cabin resembles the Focus', which is not a bad thing. Features confirmed to make it into Malaysia's Kuga are Torque Vectoring Control and Active Grille Shutter and Ford SYNC with voice command, all three are also found in the Focus. Other than that, standard safety features include seven airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist and parking sensor (a feature which is absent in the CR-V, to my surprise).
Features such as keyless entry with push start button and hands-free power liftgate operation (below) are also standard for the Kuga. The latter feature will be very useful when both of your hands are carrying items and unable to open the tailgate.
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