February 24, 2016: Ford has unveiled the new Kuga SUV in Barcelona. The car runs on a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine and attracts focus on various autonomous features. The attributes include Ford’s Perpendicular Parking technology which helps the driver in hands-free parking and Active City Stop collision avoidance system. Apart from this, new-Kuga is also equipped with Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System for better visibility. The carmaker is now focussing its efforts on autonomous technology, to provide its customers an elite experience. It expects to launch features like Traffic Jam Assist and Fully Active Park Assist within three years.
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The USA based automobile company, Ford Motors has found a firm foothold in the Indian car market with various vehicles. All their cars are doing impressive business in the market. The company has now announced that it is going to launch its other sports utility vehicle series, which will most probably known as Ford Kuga . The company has established itself in the country's car market with a lot of splendid vehicles. It is expected that, this SUV will arrive in the Indian car market sometime this year. It is going to come with the same engine option, which is running on the roads of United Kingdom. Apart from the power train, it is also expected to come with almost the same features, which are available in the global car markets. Its exterior looks quite attractive with a lot of striking features that gives the vehicle a captivating look on the roads. The company has designed its frontage with a bold radiator grille that is fitted with a chrome plated slat and embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. It is surrounded by a well lit headlight cluster that is incorporated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. It also has a body colored bumper, a wide air dam, a couple of fog lamps, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a pair of roof rails and many other such aspects. After launching in India this sports utility vehicle will compete against the likes of Honda CR V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Captiva, upcoming Volkswagen Taigun and others in this class. The company is going to give a decent ground clearance along with a large wheelbase, which makes it capable for off roading and dealing with any terrains.
According to the news, in terms of technical specifications, it is going to come with both 2.7-litre EcoBoost and 2.0-litre Duratorque TDCi engine options for the buyers to select from. The variants which are fitted with a 2.0-litre diesel power plant has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 148.4bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 370Nm. At the same time, its 2.7-litre petrol motor can generate a peak power and torque outputs of 315bhp and 474Nm respectively that will be quite good for Indian road and traffic conditions. It is expected to be paired with both manual and automatic transmission gear box, depending on the variants. Like other models from the company, it will also get an efficient braking and suspension mechanism, which keeps it well balanced and stable at all times. It is expected that front and rear anti roll bars of the suspension are 15% stiffer than of the standard version. The braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It is also equipped with hill start assist, electronic stability program and many other such aspects that add to the advantage.
Speculated to be out soon, this vehicle will come with a spacious internal cabin that is designed in a dual tone color scheme and incorporated with a number of features. The car maker has given it a smooth dashboard, which is equipped with a few features like chrome accentuated AC vents, a large glove box with cooling effect and an advanced instrument panel, which has a lot of warning and notifications for keeping the driver updated. The company has blessed it with a leather wrapped steering wheel, which comes with a company insignia in the center and gives the cabin a classy appeal. It is bestowed with an efficient air conditioning unit, which also has dust and pollen filter. The presence of rear AC vents keeps the entire cabin cool. It also has an advanced music system that is equipped with various input options and six speakers, which creates a pleasant ambiance inside the cabin. The seats are ergonomically designed and are well cushioned. These are integrated with adjustable head restraints and provide ample leg space along with head room for all occupants. At the same time, the driver seat comes with electrically adjustable function with proper lumbar support that adds to the advantage. On the other hand, it is also incorporated with a number of safety aspects, which gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. The list includes dual front airbags along with passenger airbag deactivation function, seat belts with pretensioner and load limiters, ISOFIX fittings to outer rear seat, alarm with immobilizer for preventing the vehicle from theft and many other such aspects. All these features put together is going to make this vehicle one of the good looking, safest and comfortable SUV in its segment.
This yet to be launched sports utility vehicle is expected to come with an attractive body structure, which is fitted with a lot of striking features. Its front fascia is fitted with a high gloss black radiator grille, which is flanked by a well lit headlight cluster. It is expected to be powered by high intensity projector lamps along with side turn indicator. Its slanting forward bonnet has a couple of visible character lines, which is complemented by a company logo at the tip. It might be fitted with LED daytime running lights as well that gives the frontage a distinct look. In the center, there is a body colored bumper and it is accompanied by a silver protective cladding for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. It is fitted with a perforated air intake section for cooling the engine quickly. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of elegantly designed fog lamps that adds to the visibility of driver. Its large windscreen is made of toughened laminated glass, which is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. Coming to its side profile, the company has designed it with a few strong character lines and body colored door handles. It also has silver finished side step for easier entry and exit of the passengers. The dual tone outside rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with LED side turn blinker. Then it’s precisely molded wheel arches and chrome finished window sill gives it an iconic classy design. Its A and B pillars along with window sill have been garnished in high gloss black and gives the side profile an elegant appearance. The neatly crafted wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a classy set of stylish alloy wheels with dark tarnish finish. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which will offer a superior grip on any road conditions. It is expected that the company will give this SUV a lot of styling aspects to its rear profile, which makes it look complete. It has a distinctively designed tail light cluster, which is powered by LED based brake lights, turn indicators and courtesy lamps. The rear windscreen has an unusual design, which is accompanied by a defogger along with wiper. It also has a roof spoiler, which is incorporated with LED third brake light, which provides additional protection. The company has embedded variant badging, thick chrome strip with reflector on the large tail gate. The body colored bumper is quite sleek and is fitted with a skid plate and it also has a pair of chrome plated exhaust pipes.
This sports utility vehicle is expected to be designed with a standard dimensions. Its overall length is expected to come with 4416mm along with a total width of 2036mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. The overall height of this vehicle is about 1695mm, which includes roof rails. Its minimum ground clearance is about 200mm, which is quite decent for dealing with any terrains. Its large wheelbase measures about 2576mm, which ensures a spacious cabin inside.
Speculated to be out soon, this sports utility vehicle will come with a roomy internal section, which can easily accommodate at least five passengers with ease. It offers ample leg space along with head and shoulder room that helps in providing a pleasurable journey. It is expected that this upcoming vehicle will come with a leather wrapped steering wheel, which can be adjusted in four way manually. It makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. This steering wheel is mounted with illuminated control switches and decorated with the company's emblem. The company has given it a driver oriented cockpit with commanding driving position and ergonomically positioned control switches, which are easy to reach. The smooth and dual tone dashboard is equipped with quite a few features. The list includes attractive central and floor console with an AC unit, infotainment system and several control switches of this sports utility vehicle. It also has an advanced instrument cluster with two round shaped meters and a multi information display that provides proper information to the driver, while traveling. It features a few functions like digital tachometer, outside temperature display, fuel levels, trip-computer, digital clock and several notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. The cabin is anticipated to be fitted with ergonomically designed seats, which comes with excellent support all the way from neck to thigh. All the seats are covered with premium leather or fabric upholstery, depending on the variants. The front individual seats have electrical adjustment facility along with memory setting that adds to the comfort level. In addition to this, its top end variant might bestowed with heating function for both the front and rear seats, which enhances the drive comfort. Apart from these, the internal cabin is also incorporated with several utility based features like two individual front center armrests, inside rear view mirror, storage compartment, drink holders, bottle chiller and a couple of accessory power socket for charging mobile and other electronic devices.
The company is going to launch this model series with a lot of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a luxurious driving experience. It is expected to be fitted with a proficient automatic air conditioning system featuring air quality control in top end variant, while other trims get a manual AC unit with heater. It also has rear AC vents, which keeps the ambiance pleasant by regulating the air temperature. It has electrically adjustable front seats, which also has memory settings along with split folding rear seats that adds to the convenience. The presence of an advanced cruise control system is a big plus point and it maintains a steady speed as set by the driver on the highways. It is blessed with rear view camera along with parking sensors, which helps in easier parking. For enhancing the ambiance of its cabin, it is bestowed with an advanced sound system, which also has Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. This music system is also compatible with USB interface, Aux-in port, i-Pod connectivity and speakers. This audio unit will feature CD player, radio, iPod connectivity, remote control and a few other aspects as well. In addition to these, the company will give this upcoming vehicle a number of standard features like auto dimming inside rear view mirror, premium carpet mats, push button engine start, dual front sun visors featuring vanity mirror and power steering with electrically adjustable steering column. In addition to these, its top end trim may equipped with electric sunroof, keyless entry function, front central console cooled chubby box, heating function for front and rear seats. In addition to these, it also has a couple of 12V power socket in both front and second row for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. All these features put together makes it one of most comfortable vehicle in its segment.
The company has given this upcoming SUV a spacious internal cabin that can easily accommodate five passengers. It offers ample leg space along with enough head and shoulder room for all occupants. It has a large boot compartment, which can be increased up to 870 litres by folding its rear seat. For planning a longer drive, the car maker has given it a large fuel tank capacity as well.
It is expected that the engines of this model series will be coupled with both manual and automatic transmission gear box, which allows the SUV to deliver a power packed performance. Its diesel engine enables the vehicle to zoom towards a top speed in the range of 170 to 175 Kmph. At the same time, it takes about 11.9 seconds for crossing the speed barrier of 100 Kmph from a standstill. At the same time, its petrol motor can attain a maximum speed in the range of 195 to 205 Kmph, which is rather incredible for this segment. While it can cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph in close to 8.9 seconds from a scratch.
As per the speculation, this sports utility vehicle will come in India with one petrol (EcoBoost) and one diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its diesel variants are fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1998cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This engine has the capacity of churning out a maximum power of 148.4bhp of power output and yields a maximum torque output of 370Nm. It is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the SUV to deliver a decent mileage. On the other hand, the 2.7-litre EcoBoost motor is integrated with four cylinders and it has the ability of generating 315bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 474Nm. Both these engines are expected to be mated with automatic and manual transmission gear box, depending on the variant. It is expected to come with both two wheel and four wheel drive options for the buyers to choose from.
Its petrol engine is incorporated with an advanced fuel supply system, which allows the SUV to generate about 11.7 Kmpl within the city limits. While under standard traffic conditions on the bigger roads, this vehicle will produce about 17.5 Kmpl. On the other hand, its turbocharged diesel engine is integrated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. It helps in returning a maximum mileage of 21.2 Kmpl and 16.1 Kmpl on the highways and city roads respectively.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 148.4bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 370Nm. At the same time, its 2.7-litre EcoBoost power plant can churn out a whopping 315bhp of power output and yields a maximum torque output of 474Nm, which is rather impressive for Indian road and traffic conditions.
This yet to be launched model series is expected to be fitted with a highly proficient touchscreen infotainment system that is equipped with various input options. The list includes CD player along with radio, which has AM/FM tuner, MP3, USB interface, Aux-in port and four speakers that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with a navigation system that helps to choose a right direction. In addition to these, this model series also gets a leather wrapped multi-functional steering wheel, which makes it quite convenient to the driver. It is mounted with audio and call control buttons along with cruise control. On the other hand, the buyers can customize its interiors with several styling features including premium leather upholstery with contrast top-stitching, wood inserts in doors and dashboard, floor carpets, navigation system, rear seat entertainment package and illuminated scuff plates. While its exteriors can be also personalized with aspects like stylish body decals, nudge guard with additional lights, bonnet scoops, diffusers and chrome plated tailpipe system.
Like any other car model in this portfolio, it is also anticipated to get a reliable braking system along with proficient suspension mechanism. Its front wheels will certainly get disc brakes, while the rear ones are most likely to be paired with solid drum brakes. This braking mechanism is further reinforced by anti lock braking system along with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution. It will also have an electronic stability program along with hill start assist, which adds to the advantage. On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with McPherson strut in combination with a stabilizer bar. While its rear axle has been coupled with semi independent trailing arm system, which keeps the vehicle stable in every conditions. On the other hand, this sports utility vehicle is blessed with an advanced electronic power steering system with speed related function, which makes it quite easier to handle.
This upcoming SUV series is expected to be packed with most common safety features such as central locking, side impact beams, front disc brakes, child seats with door locks, rear defogger and many other such aspects. It is also believed to be equipped with front dual airbags that enhances the safety quotient. Its body structure is quite rigid and comes with impact beams, which reduces the impact of collision. There are child safety locks available on the rear doors for an enhanced security of children. The advanced engine immobilizer will safeguard the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry into it. It also has a day and night anti glare internal rear view mirror, while there are seat belts offered for all its occupants. The parking assist system with rear view camera as well as sensors enables the driver to park it safely. Another key aspect is the electronic stability program along with hill start assist is a big plus point. It has an advanced instrument panel that displays notifications of driver seat belt, low fuel consumption and door ajar, which keeps the driver alert. It is expected to be incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist as well. It prevents from wheel locking in case of sudden brakes are applied, especially on slippery roads. Apart from these, it also has auto speed lock, rear defogger, downhill assist control, jam protection on all power windows, a high mounted stop lamp, hill start assist control, a centrally located fuel tank and a central locking system that gives maximum protection to the occupants. All these features put together will go to make it one of the safest vehicles in its segment.
The neatly crafted wheel arches of this SUV are expected to be fitted with an elegant set of alloy wheels, which gives the side profile a sporty look. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. The company has also give a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is going to be a standard feature across all the variants.
1. Alluring external appearance with a lot of styling aspects.
2. Spacious internal cabin with a lot of safety features.
3. Lots of comfort aspects is a big plus point.
4. Decent ground clearance of 200mm makes it capable for off-roading.
5. Presence of navigation system is an advantage.
1. It is expected to come with an expensive price range.
2. Lack of electric sunroof even in top end variant is a big minus point.
3. There is still scope of improving its internal cabin.
4. Diesel engine noise and harshness can be reduced.
5. Too big in size for maneuvering on small city roads.
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