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click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Kuga

When Ford introduced the Iosis X Concept back in 2006, it proved that the Blue Oval's European Kinetic design language could transfer over to a CUV remarkably well. And when the Kuga Concept made its debut in Frankfurt, it was obvious that much of what made the Iosis X such an eye-catcher would come to the production model. It's done just that and Ford will be pulling the wraps off its first CUV in Europe next month in Geneva.

The Kuga CUV is based off the C-car platform that underpins the C-Max and Euro-Focus (also our Mazda3 and Volvo S40/C30), and is motivated by Ford's 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi common rail diesel. 136 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque can be sent to either the front wheels or all four depending on the model (Trend or Titanium, respectively) and the Kuga comes standard with ESP, Anti Rollover Mitigation, ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.

Inside, Ford boasts a handsomely outfitted cabin, with seating for five and a 60/40 split rear seat that offers a bit of practicality alongside the Kuga's style.

As much as we'd like to bemoan the fact that Ford is still offering products abroad that we think would do wonders for the marque here at home, we can only hope that Mr. Mulally's plan to globalize Ford's lineup happens soon and sends over some of the Kuga's mojo.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Um...doesn't the Ford Escape actually sell quite well? For all the pissing and moaning around here, you have to at least acknowledge that your opinions are completely misaligned with the general buying public.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Alan...bring it here ....
      • 7 Years Ago
      If only Ford had the guts to sell this in USA, instead the pathetic garbage they sell here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All of these Ford of Europe offerings would make a fantastic Mercury line up in the USA. FoMoCo leadership has to be brain dead not to see this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ding ding ding we have a winner ! maybe in a few years we will see more stuff like this in north america but until then it's too expensive to import from europe
      • 7 Years Ago
      Memo to Alan Mullaly: If you really want to save Mercury(and Ford while you're at it)

      Step one: Kill off ALL current Mercury products.

      Step two: Bring the Verve, Fiesta, Mondeo, S-Max and Kuga to the US as Mercury products. Give Mercury a version of the CX-9.

      Step three: Position Mercury as an alternative to Acura.

      Step four: Relax and have a nice day!

      • 7 Years Ago
      When I look at the Escape either at interior, or exterior I feel like the whole thing is a combination of legos put together. There is no cohesive design, no theme, interior looks like a word that starts with a letter S. Mariner is no better.

      So let me ask you, who the hell is responsible for this mess? Who is responsible for dividing Ford into 2 companies, who is responsible for ruining product line-up in NA? Who are these people?! And why are they running a car company?

      I'm getting an impression that Ford was ran by marketing people who executed decisions for Ford execs, and then made them feel as if they were the ones who actually made those decisions. Pathetic...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Total BS on your depreciation comment. Unless you're talking about a cab that has 80,000 miles on it after 2 years. I just looked up used prices and a baseline 2 year old escape with 20,000 miles is selling for $13-14k. It would have sold for ~$18k new.
        • 7 Years Ago
        good callout.
        the escape is actually a pretty good vehicle. the recent update probably could have gone further considering it is 7 yrs old now. Heck, Toyota is on its second generation over the same span (3rd in all). the hybrid continues to get kudos, and user ratings remain pretty high.

        its biggest problem is that it doesnt get the fuel mileage that the honda/toyo get.

        PERHAPS, we can see this in 2 yrs as a replacement
      • 7 Years Ago
      Someone forgot to tell Ford that Kuga means plague in Serbian :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a tiny volvo xc90, baby the same platform as the xc60.
      but it does look nice and the interiors of the latest gen euro fords are sexy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can someone explain it to me, in plain English, why we do not get this model in the US? Really, please!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks this should be a Mercury Kuga?
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