Ford Kuga

The dynamic Kuga range will be extended with the availability of an exciting new 200 PS, 2.5-litre Duratec Turbo petrol engine as well as a new optional Durashift 5-tronic automatic transmission.

In addition to these new powertrain choices, the Kuga will also be available with Ford Individual vehicle personalization options, combining a new exterior body kit and specially designed 20-inch alloy wheels with a classy interior treatment.

Although the 136 PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engined Ford Kuga is no slouch, the addition of the dynamic new 200 PS 2.5-litre Duratec 5-cylinder Turbo petrol engine to the range offers drivers smooth but agile power and high torque levels over a wide speed range, combined with a high level of refinement and a distinctive engine sound.

The new engine for Kuga is based on the well-proven and acclaimed Ford 2.5-litre Duratec Turbo engine already available in the latest Ford Mondeo and S-MAX models as well as the sporty Focus ST. The unit has been carefully re-calibrated for the Kuga to meet the performance expectations that customers have in the compact All-Wheel-Drive crossover segment.

Gunnar Herrmann, C-Car Vehicle Line Director, Ford of Europe said, “We always intended the new Kuga to be the most dynamic crossover vehicle in its class. The new 2.5-litre Duratec Turbo petrol powertrain offers extra performance and is a perfect match for the vehicle. The added power and refinement adds a lot of fun when driving Kuga both on- and off-road.”

The Ford Kuga 2.5 Turbo comes with the acclaimed, Haldex Gen 4 Intelligent AWD system and manual 6-speed transmission as standard, and delivers impressive performance. With a maximum power output of 200 PS (147 kW) at 6,000 rpm and a linear torque peak of 320 Nm being available from 1,600 up to 4,000 rpm, the vehicle reaches a top speed of 208 kph. For a vehicle in this segment and performance, the homologated combined fuel economy of just 9.9 l/100 km (average CO2 output
234 g/km) is very reasonable.

But it's not all about performance. A detailed re-tuning of the exhaust tone makes sure that the driver can really enjoy the characteristic and sonorous 5-cylinder turbo sound - powerful yet highly refined.

Herrmann said, "Even though we expect the majority of customers across Europe to opt for the power and compelling fuel economy and environmental figures of the 136 PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi powertrain, we wanted to meet the demands of customers in many markets who have asked us for a high performance petrol engine to complement the Kuga's distinctive and sporty style. The Kuga 2.5 is a real driver's vehicle!"

As an option, the Ford Kuga equipped with the new 2.5-litre Duratec engine will also be available with the Durashift 5-tronic automatic transmission.

This combination not only takes full advantage of the high and very linear torque performance of the 5-cylinder turbo engine, it also adds significant comfort, refinement and versatility to the Kuga.

Key to the versatility of the new Durashift 5-tronic is the ability for the driver to switch between different modes. To allow maximum driver involvement, a Manual mode is provided, giving full control of the five forward gears. Sport and Manual modes give faster transmission reaction times to minimal throttle inputs from the driver, providing a sportier and more dynamic driving style.

When the 'S' mode is engaged, the driver can enjoy the fully automatic Sport mode which activates up- and downshifts at different shift points as appropriate. Information related to modes and gear selection is provided in the central instrument cluster display.

The transmission hardware was designed and manufactured for Ford by Aisin AW, a company with a worldwide and longstanding reputation for providing reliable transmissions that break new ground in the automatic transmission arena. Fords' engineers worked closely with Aisin AW to tailor the Transmission Control Module (TCM) software to complement and enhance the Kuga's driving dynamics performance.

The TCM incorporates sophisticated, adaptive learning procedures. After the prescribed running-in period the transmission will provide optimum gear shifting smoothness for all conditions irrespective of terrain or driver input. The transmission will adapt to perform within its optimum window of operation to always provide maximum smoothness when changing gear, irrespective of the mode selected.

The new Durashift 5-tronic is very efficient, too. With a combined fuel economy being homologated at 10.3 l/100 km (average CO2 output 244 g/km), the fuel consumption is just 0.4 l/100 km higher than with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. Combined with the new Duratec 2.5-litre Turbo, the new Durashift 5-tronic for Kuga.

Ford's Vehicle Personalization Design team is also developing a distinctive bodykit for the new Kuga, and this is showcased on the Paris Show vehicle.

"With the Kuga establishing itself rapidly as the stylish new member of the Ford kinetic design family, we were looking for a dramatic and distinctive body kit which we could offer to our Kuga customers interested in further enhancing the already very sporty appearance of the standard car," said John McLeod, Chief Designer, Vehicle Personalization, Ford of Europe. "The result is very striking - I think we can claim we have succeeded in attaining our goal as well as making a clear link to the styling of the dramatic iosis X Concept and Kuga preview show cars."

This reference is evident at first glance, thanks to the front grilles which incorporate a distinctive vertical bar design and strong, chromed intakes. The lower grille is framed by broad chrome 'scoops' inspired by the iosis X Concept which instantly distinguish the Kuga with Ford Individual styling features from the standard car.

The extremely dynamic and powerful stance is further enhanced by body coloued wheel arch extensions, lower rocker claddings, and new bumpers which have been extended some 50 millimeters lower than the original design. All of these items have been finished in body color, to make the Kuga fitted with Ford Individual styling features stand out.

Matching front and rear skid plates have also been lowered by approximately 50 millimeters, with fully encapsulated tail pipes at the rear. These and the door claddings are painted in a contrasting silver color for added effect.

Two other features that contribute to the overtly sporty appearance of the Kuga with its Ford Individual styling elements are the new rear spoiler and alloy wheel designs.

The rear spoiler has been lengthened by around 100 millimeters, and impressive 20-inch wheels have been developed and are fitted with 255/35 ZR 20 tires. The wheels are painted in bright 'Molten' silver, with a machined finish to the top surfaces of the spokes.

Source: Ford press

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