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The Ford Kuga, the company's baby SUV that's not yet available in the States, is getting ready for a freshening that includes the addition of two new diesel engines that Ford says will boost performance, improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions over the previous diesel mill. The Kuga will now be offered with the additional choices of either 138- or 161-horsepower versions of the company's 2.0-liter TDCi Duratorq diesel engine.

According to Ford, the new diesel mills improve upon the previously available 2.0-liter 134-hp Duratorq engine. Both new versions deliver stronger performance and a broader torque curve than the outgoing engine while also reducing emissions by at least six percent. For the first time ever, Kuga buyers can equip the all-wheel-drive version with Ford's fuel-efficient PowerShift dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. With a host of improvements, Ford's Kuga looks a bit more appealing to us, but it's unlikely that the diesel mills will make the trip to the U.S. when and if the Kuga ever appears here.



[Source: Autocar]

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