New Ford Kuga arrives in UK dealerships
Overwhelming demand for the top models
The all new Ford Kuga has arrived at UK dealerships and over 1850 have already been handed over to customers who placed their orders early without even a test drive. Ford announced WOW prices for the all new Ford Kuga and with the additional specification and design it is actually priced £1000 less than the current vehicle at £20,895, so it is no wonder the orders flooded in.
Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain sales director, said “since launching in 2008, Kuga has been praised for its great looks and fun-to-drive character. The all-new Kuga offers even more, addressing customer feedback with increased luggage and passenger space and a smart, stylish package. Sales are off to a strong start with the high series mix already exceeding that of the outgoing model which is fantastic news”.
The new Ford Kuga line-up features the Zetec, Titanium and the Titanium X and all these models are lower in price yet feature additional standard specification, for example the UK’s best-selling Kuga the 2.0-litre TDCi 163PS model is priced at £25,545 which is £355 less than the outgoing model and the new standard equipment includes fold-flat seats, reclining rear seats, adjustable load floor, Ford SYNC with Audible Text Messaging and Emergency Assist, Visual AWD Monitor, Electronic Power Assisted Steering, Hill Start Assist and enhanced Cruise Control with Active Speed Limiter.
New 1.6 litre EcoBoost turbo engine
The new Ford Kuga introduces the 1.6-litre EcoBoost direct-injection 150PS turbo engine to the range. All Ford’s European car and commercial vehicle powertrains are developed and tested at the company’s UK engineering base, Dunton Technical Centre, in Essex. There is the option of a 140PS or 163PS 2.0 litre TDCI Duratorq diesel engine and the FWD diesel models now feature impressive CO2 emissions from just 139/km.
Also offered is Ford’s voice-activated in-car connectivity system SYNC and SYNC Emergency Assistance that directly connects vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident. The Emergency Assistance detects airbag deployment or activation of the emergency fuel shut-off within the car, uses the on board GPS locator and Bluetooth-paired device to set up an emergency call and provide GPS co-ordinates, in the local language of emergency response units. This amazing system can also read aloud incoming SMS text messages from compatible mobile phones.
Orders keep flooding in for the all new Kuga; of the 1850 orders already received 1600 were retail order placed by private customers and the remainder being fleet orders. The overwhelming demand for Ford Kuga’s top Titanium and Titanium X models has already prompted Ford to consider extending the range further upwards with a new flagship model later this year.