Ford introduced us to the Ford Kuga diesel crossover the other day and now has let us know what this 37 mpg (U.S.)/ 169 grams of CO2 per km vehicle will cost: £20,495 for the Zetec trim and £22,495 for the Titanium. The difference there is Titanium has nifty additions like rain-sensing wipers and dual electronic air temperature control. All the details are available after the jump. While our friends the Brits can buy one starting in June with the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136PS diesel engine, we can only hope that a vehicle of this size and mpg rating makes it to the U.S. in the near future. It seems odd to fight 35 mpg CAFE regs when you're already making 37 mpg CUVs, don't you think?
THE NEW FORD KUGA PRICES ANNOUNCED
- On sale June 2008
- Two trims available - Zetec and Titanium
- On-the-road prices from £20,495 for Zetec and £22,495 for Titanium
- Distinctive 'kinetic design' styling gives personality and presence
- Impressive on-road driving dynamics with substantial off-road ability
- Best in class CO2 figure of 169g/km
- 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136PS diesel engine
The Ford Kuga is based on Ford's acclaimed C-car architecture – well proven in both the Ford Focus and the Ford C-MAX. Distinctive design, intelligent AWD system, and impressive on and off-road ability make the Kuga an attractive proposition.
"I'm really excited about moving into this growing segment with such a stylish and capable vehicle. I'm confident that Kuga is going to give the competition a run for their money!" said Roelant de Waard, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford of Britain.
Powered by the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136PS diesel engine with standard particulate filter and six-speed manual transmission, Kuga comes with full-time Haldex intelligent AWD system. The engine provides 320Nm of torque at 2,000rpm and 340Nm in transient overboost. With combined fuel consumption of 44.1mpg it also achieves class-leading levels of CO2 – 169 g/km.
Kuga is available in two specifications - Zetec and Titanium. Standard features include - keyless start, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Ford Easy fuel, Thatcham category 1 alarm and MP3 connector.
Titanium adds rain sensing wipers, blue tinted glass, partial leather trim, cruise control, automatic headlights and dual electronic air temperature control. Additional premium options available include, rear facing camera, panoramic roof, USB connectivity and DAB radio.
New features to the segment and to Ford include a dual split-tailgate design - offering flexibility and convenience with separate access to either the glass upper tailgate section only or both sections simultaneously.
The car is available in a choice of nine body colours including two brand new metallic colours – 'Chill' and 'Electric White.'
The eye-catching Kuga interior incorporates cloth or fine leathers and gloss finishes with a choice of shades. Colour-matched details of the interior design and integrated trim colours highlight the instrument panel and door trims, creating a complete, unified look of design-led quality and premium sportiness.
Kuga offers comfortable and spacious seating for up to five adults. The second row of seating has a 60/40 split and can fold completely flat to maximise the load space. Underseat storage beneath the second row with further storage under the floor of the luggage compartment area offers maximum practicality. The Kuga has a generous luggage capacity of 1,355 litres when in two-seat mode, while the enclosed luggage compartment achieves a volume of up to 410 litres.
Preliminary Technical Specifications
Drive: Ford AWD: All wheel drive 'Intelligent 4WD-System' with variable torque distribution, electronically controlled, torque distribution up to 50:50; with electronic Haldex system.
Transmission: Getrag Ford Durashift 6-speed (MMT6 - Modular Manual Transmission 6-Speed): manual, fully synchronised transmission with shift cable and dual driveshaft
Wheels and tyres:
Mini steel spare as standard
Optional: 7.5 x18 alloy for Zetec, 8 x19 alloy for Titanium
1 Basic kerb weight incl. driver (75 kg), lubricants and filled fuel tank (90%). All weights are valid for vehicles with basic specification.
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Note: This information was correct at the time of going to print. However, Ford policy is one of continuous product development. The right is reserved to change these details at any time.