Ford has unveiled the 2013 Kuga at a Geneva Motor Show preview event.
Looking virtually identical to the US-spec Escape, the Kuga has an aggressive front fascia with a slender grille and prominent air vents. Elsewhere, there's sculpted headlights, a bulging hood and a tailgate that can be closed by simply sweeping a foot under the rear bumper.
The cabin is instantly recognizable, but has a nice design with gloss black trim and metallic accents. Overall, the model's increased size enables it to hold an additional 82 liters (2.9 cubic feet) of luggage.
In the tech department, the Kuga offers a SYNC connectivity system, active park assist and a blind spot information system.
At launch, the model will be offered with a 2.0-liter TDCi diesel engine that has outputs of 140 PS (103 kW / 138 hp) and 163 PS (120 kW / 161 hp). It will eventually be joined by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that will likely produce approximately 175 PS (129 kW / 173 hp).
To handle rugged terrain, there's an improved all-wheel drive system which accesses conditions "20 times faster than it takes to blink an eye." It is augmented by a Torque Vectoring Control system which helps to give the crossover improved handling.
The 2013 Ford Kuga will be launched late this year, but pricing remains a mystery.