Ford is introducing the facelifted Kuga in Europe where it’s making its official debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Following the introduction of the 2017 Escape last year in the United States, the European equivalent has now received a similar mid-cycle nip and tuck. The styling changes start at the front where there’s now a bigger trapezoidal upper grille combined with a smaller lower grille along with sleeker headlights hosting LED daytime running lights.
The fog lamps and taillights have also been revised and Ford is introducing fresh 17- to 19-inch alloys available in new finishes, including Luster Nickel. Customers will also be able to select a Copper Pulse body paint and there’s now a power-operated retractable tow bar which sits underneath the rear bumper when not in use.
Stepping inside the cabin, the Ford Kuga facelift has revised air-conditioning controls and a slightly modified steering wheel which can be optionally heated. Added to the list of changes are the electronic parking brake and a door lock indicator while the handsfree tailgate is carried over from the pre-facelift model.
Just like the 2017 Escape US Spec, the refreshed Kuga will be offered with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system featuring an eight-inch touchscreen display with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the technology front, Ford will sell the Kuga for the first time with adaptive front lighting system available alongside curve control, torque vectoring control, and upgraded Active City Stop collision avoidance system (up to 31 mph instead of 19 mph).
A more important novelty is the addition of a turbodiesel 1.5-liter, four-cylinder TDCi engine producing 120 horsepower and offered exclusively on the front-wheel-drive Kuga. It joins the existing 150-hp 2.0 TDCi and the turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine sold with 120, 150, and 182 hp.
The 2016 Ford Kuga facelift is slated to go on sale in Europe this fall.