The all-new Ford Kuga is set to shatter the myth that an SUV cannot be efficient, safe, high-tech and capable all at once. Ford’s newest SUV is the centrepiece of the company’s strategy to expand into one of the fastest-growing segments by offering high levels of fuel efficiency and safety, as well as segment-leading smart technologies and a surprising array of standard features.
Ford also announced that Malaysia will release the all-new Kuga in the second quarter of this year. The estimated Malaysia market price will be around RM168,0001 and pre-bookings will open nationwide on 10 May 2013.
This SUV is the ideal choice for the refined urban warrior keen on performance and technology; the all-new Ford Kuga’s other smart features include:
1.6L EcoBoost petrol engine
Hands-free power liftgate opens with a wave of your foot beneath the rear bumper – no need to fumble for the key when your hands are full
Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, including exclusive Torque Vectoring Control for more precise handling
Segment-first voice-activated Ford SYNC connectivity
“Customers today are chasing value-for-money and the all-new Ford Kuga delivers,” said David Westerman, regional manager, Asia Pacific, Ford Export & Growth Operations. “With the EcoBoost petrol engine standard in the all-new Kuga Titanium, customers now have even more reasons to consider the all-new Ford Kuga.”
Apart from a range of new features and enhanced driving ability, the all-new Ford Kuga has much improved packaging and more interior space, which has been achieved with the same 2690mm wheelbase as the previous model, the Ford Escape.
The new SUV is: 81mm longer (4524mm versus 4443mm)
4mm narrower (1838mm versus 1842mm)
8mm lower (1702mm versus 1710mm)
Much of this added space in the all-new Ford Kuga has been devoted to the rear passenger compartment and luggage area to ensure the SUV is a complete family vehicle during the week and has room enough to be a spacious lifestyle getaway vehicle at weekends.
In the all-new Ford Kuga, the Intelligent AWD system pre-emptively reassesses conditions 20 times faster than the blink of an eye, readjusting the AWD power split to give the driver the best blend of handling and traction.
The primary goal of the AWD system at low speeds is traction; at speeds above 30 km/h the AWD system is tuned to improve driving feel, handling and response. A unique cluster display shows drivers the torque demand of each wheel at any moment.
Dynamics and cornering control are improved by the introduction of the enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system developed with the Focus RS and launched in the Focus. This helps to deliver Ford’s fun-to-drive DNA by applying a small amount of braking to the inside wheels to assist drivers through bends.
The stylish all-new Ford Kuga offers more space for luggage and a rear luggage compartment that can be accessed more easily.
The all-new Ford Kuga’s hands-free power liftgate can be opened simply by waving your foot beneath the rear bumper – no need to fumble for the key when your hands are full. Sensors for the hands-free power liftgate have been thoroughly tested, ensuring that the system safeguards against accidental openings.
The all-new Ford Kuga offers 46 litres more luggage compartment space than the current Ford Escape model, while the rear seats fold easily in one movement. The rear seatbacks also recline over a 10-degree range, allowing rear seat passengers to adjust their seatback as necessary.
From the initial design, the all-new Ford Kuga was engineered to be as visually appealing up close as it is from a distance with spaces between panels no wider than 0.5mm. The craftsmanship inside emphasises touch and feel through use of a soft instrument panel and soft upper door panels.
Particular attention was paid to removing exposed fasteners on moving parts like the power liftgate, sun visors and the glove box.
“The all-new Ford Kuga’s styling and purpose has evolved to incorporate more space, a more precise execution and a higher quality feel,” Westerman said.
To ensure the highest safety levels, Ford conducted more than 5,000 virtual and real-world crash tests on the all-new Ford Kuga, which has helped earn the vehicle EuroNCAP’s maximum five-star crash test rating.
The all-new Ford Kuga is built to be immensely strong, with more than 30 per cent of the body structure made up of high- and ultra high-strength steels. Ford engineers made extensive use of these ultra high-strength steels in the body structure to ensure rigidity.
“This helps the all-new Ford Kuga become an even safer car for families – it’s the smart choice,” Westerman said.
Apart from its solid safety cell, the all-new Ford Kuga has a comprehensive list of active and passive safety features, including seven airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESP) with ABS, Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist and rear parking sensors.
The all-new Kuga safety features also include a segment-first emergency feature that automatically unlocks the doors and triggers the hazard lights in the event of an accident.
The all-new Ford Kuga delivers exceptional fuel economy through significantly improved fuel efficiency. Powered by a new 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, fuel consumption has been reduced by 25 per cent compared to the previous generation Ford Escape.
The new 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is available in 132 kW / 240 Nm. This higher output EcoBoost engine in the all-new Ford Kuga Titanium model achieves a combined fuel economy figure of 7.7 litres / 100km.2
The all-new Ford Kuga also has Active Grille Shutter to aid fuel efficiency with improved aerodynamics at highway speeds.
The all-new Ford Kuga first surfaced as the Vertrek concept car, a showcase vehicle that offered a dynamic, all-inclusive solution to what customers around the globe were demanding in a medium-sized SUV. These key elements included strong design, great driving quality, smart technology and weekend adventure capability.
Importantly, the Vertrek concept SUV showcased cargo-carrying capability that blended spaciousness, great design and craftsmanship that has been carried over to the production version of the all-new Ford Kuga.
The Vertrek showcased a broad suite of customer-focused Ford technologies, many of which have migrated across to the all-new Ford Kuga, including the Ford SYNC and Keyless Entry with Push Start Button.
To register for updates on the upcoming all-new Ford Kuga, please visit the Ford Kuga microsite at http://ford.net.my/kuga.
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