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Ford Kuga
Ford Kuga 20090811 front
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 2008-
Assembly Saarlouis, Germany
Argentina
Predecessor Ford Maverick
Class Compact crossover SUV
Body style(s) 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Ford C1 platform
Engine(s) 2.5 L Duratec turbo I5, 200 PS (197 hp/147 kW)
2.0 L Duratorq, 136 PS (134 hp/100 kW)
2.0 L Duratorq, 163 PS (160 hp/120 kW)
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Curb weight 1,613 kg (3,560 lb)
Related Ford Focus
Volvo C30
Volvo S40
Volvo V50
Mazda 3
Ford C-MAX

The Ford Kuga is a compact crossover SUV designed and produced by Ford. The car is based on the C1 platform that also form the underpinnings of the Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX. Both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are offered, each with a choice of 2.5-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel engine.

The Kuga went on sale in the first half of 2008, and is built at Ford's plant in Saarlouis, Germany. In the UK, emphasising the car's premium market aspirations, only high-end Zetec and Titanium specifications are offered. It is similarly priced to the other small SUVs in the market such as the Citroen C-Crosser/Peugeot 4007 and the Vauxhall/Opel Antara, and is on sale in the UK with a starting price of around £20,500. The combined fuel consumption is 44.1 mpg-imp (6.41 L/100 km/36.7 mpg-US) and the CO2 emissions is 169 g/km.[1]

EnginesEdit

Petrol

Diesel

  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 136 PS (100 kW/134 hp)
  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 163 PS (120 kW/161 hp) 4 x 4 and powershift models.

Worldwide marketsEdit

On July 20, 2007, a report indicated that Ford executives were considering the prospects of sales in North America.[2] This idea was later scrapped after it was determined the car could not be sold both competitively priced and at a profit in the US due to the current dollar-Euro exchange rate. On July 24, 2008, WDIV-TV had announced that Ford is re-considering bringing the Kuga to North America after all. On October 22, 2009, news leaked that Ford will build the Kuga at its Louisville plant, possibly as the 2012 Ford Escape.[3] On June 23, 2010, it was announced that Ford will end production on the second generation Escape in 2011 in anticipation to the Kuga's North American launch as the next-generation Escape.[4] The Ford Kuga is now also available in Argentina since 2010. It is assembled in Ford Argentina's General Pacheco Plant.

A facelift will be released in late 2010.[5]

That redesigned Kuga will form the basis for the 2013 Ford Escape sold in the U.S. Both vehicles will likely offer a hybrid option, as Ford announced in May 2010 that it would build unspecified hybrids at a plant in Valencia, Spain. If built, the Kuga Hybrid would be Ford's first hybrid to be sold in Europe, though it has sold over 100,000 Escape Hybrids and Mercury Mariner Hybrids in the U.S. since 2004.[6]

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