1 February, 2013 : Ford India has announced that its primary focus for the year of 2013 will be on the Ford Fiesta and Ford EcoSport launches along with facelifts of some of the other models in their stables. This means that the launch of the Ford Kuga has been pushed back to 2014. Ford has been seen testing the SUV in India which means feasibility and testing studies have already begun. However Ford has made it clear that they will first deal with their primary targets for the year 2013, after which will come in the plans for Ford Kuga.
There are no confirmed reports pertaining to the mileage of this upcoming SUV as of now. The petrol engine of Ford Kuga is expected to be fitted with a proficient fuel supply system, which will enhance the fuel efficiency of this SUV. Apparently, the company claims that the mileage of this stylish SUV would be in the range of 14 kmpl, when driven under standard conditions. On the other hand, there is no information whatsoever on the mileage and fuel efficiency of the diesel engines,which are expected to be very proficient and reliable.
This upcoming Ford Kuga SUV is expected to be introduced with a performance packed 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, which will also be turbocharged for enhancing its performance. This engine will be coming in with two options of power output and will have an efficient fuel supply system.This petrol engine is said to be churning out 147bhp, while the other is slightly more powerful and will generate 176.4bhp of maximum power output. These petrol engines will also be equipped with a dual VVT (variable valve timing) to further enhance and augment its performance and make it pertinent for the Indian road and traffic conditions. Both these engines will have a standard manual transmission gear box and there are also some reports that the powerful engine producing 176.4bhp might also be given an option to be skilfully mated with a dual clutch power shift transmission gear box. On the other hand, the diesel version will be equipped with a power packed 2.0-litre engine, which will have the highly acclaimed TDCI (turbo diesel common rail injection) fuel supply system. This diesel mill will also have two options similar to the petrol version, one of which is said to be producing 137.20bhp, while the other more powerful version will be generating 159.74bhp,which is quite good.
To be made available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, the soon-to-arrive Kuga will be coming with two engine options – a 1.6-litre petrol mill and a 2.0-litre oil-burner. Out of the two, the 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine arrives as a replacement for the earlier 2.5-litre 5-cylinder model, and is presently found under the hoods of the latest versions of Focus and C-Max. Capable of tuning to two different power outputs – 148bhp and 178bhp, this motor employs dual variable valve timing for effective operation and prides in its strong acceleration,exceptional drivability, incredible refinement and excellent torque distribution over the entire rev spectrum. As for the diesel variants, they will be powered by a 2.0-litre TDCI engine, which, just like its petrol counterpart, can generate two power outputs of 140bhp and 163bhp, and comes right at par with the 1.6-litre mill when it comes to efficiency and refinement. The gearbox that will be accompanying these two fabulous power-mills is of a manual design, however, an option of a spectacular PowerShift dual clutch automatic transmission system is also on the cards, and is likely to come synchronised with both the engine options.
The Stereo and accessories unit of the new Ford Kuga are just as well geared with tools and gadgetries as any of its other sections. Even the very base-end variant of the Sports Utility Vehicle gets to boast of features like Bluetooth connectivity, an advanced voice command system and an MP3 music player. Other than these standard additionals that are found throughout the fleet of this new ride, there are a number of others that are even more exciting. These include an 8-inch central display screen and a device integration and connectivity interface called as SYNC. Out of these two fitments, this state-of-the-art interfacing tool is of Ford's personal make and enables the occupants to connect their smartphone with the on-board audio system. For hassle-free operation of this hi-tech system, controls have been mounted by the designers on the steering wheel itself, reducing the driver's effort to a minimum.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The company has equipped the pronounced and neatly carved out wheel arches of this stylish and charming SUV, Ford Kuga with a classy set of light weight alloy wheels of 18 inches. These modish alloy rims are further equipped with sturdy tubeless radial tyres, which have a superior grip on the roads and makes the driving experience comfortable.
Ford Kuga Pros :
The all new Ford Kuga has been blessed with a very attractive and upmarket styling that is well in line with the contemporary design philosophy of Ford. Where features are concerned, be it the audio system, the safety package or any other section, the car proves to be just as good as any of its rivals. As for the mechanicals, the chassis, which comes from the celebrated Focus, accounts for an excellent handling and ride quality, while the engine, in all its forms and variants, proves to be simply an all-rounder.
Ford Kuga Cons :
Moving on to the minus points, the biggest drawback that Ford Kuga is likely to face is a price tag that bears a figure higher than all its competitor rides. Other than that, the slight lack of space at the rear end and the absence of anything completely new and different to catch the eye of the buyer might prove to be little hurdles in its way.
The launch of the much awaited crossover from the American auto giant Ford Motors is scheduled for early 2013. On the other hand, the Ford Endeavor SUV is all set to be treated with a huge facelift in the form of an absolutely new model. And the most interesting of all is the speculation of Ford introducing the Kuga crossover in India. Word is, a Ford Kuga was spotted at ARAI (Automobile Research Association of India) which is a government agency that certifies all new vehicles that are supposed to be introduced in the country. This situation seems very interesting and delighting for the Indian car market.read more