Ford has canned its Titanium specification Kuga in favour of revised and sportier ST-Line that come with a choice of 2,0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine of the 2,0-litre TDCi.
The Kuga range also gains an all-new offering in the form of 88 kW 1.5 TDCi turbo-diesel models, available in Ambiente and Trend specification levels matched to a six-speed manual gearbox.
“The new Ford Kuga is an exceptional offering in the highly competitive SUV segment, and we’ve now made it even more appealing to buyers across the spectrum,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager, Marketing at FMCSA. “At the pinnacle of the range, the stunning new ST-Line gives the Kuga the eye-catching design and dynamic flair to match the superb performance of the 2,0-litre petrol and diesel models.
“At the same time, the introduction of the extremely efficient yet lively 1,5-litre TDCi engine ensures we fulfil the requirements of customers that prioritise low fuel consumption and budget-friendly running costs.”
The Kuga ST-Line stands out from the rest of the range thanks to the high-gloss Ebony Black finish for the front grille, along with a striking honeycomb design for the lower portion of the grille and matching sports mesh finish on the fog lamp bezels.
Extensive colour coding for the integrated body kit incorporates the front skid plate, side skirts, mirrors, door handles, rear roof spoiler and wheel arches, set against contrasting elements such as the high-gloss Ebony Black rear diffuser, black roof rails, tinted front and rear lights, as well as privacy glass for the rear windows.
A black beltline beneath the windows and ST-Line exterior badging on the front fenders complement a choice of 18-inch high-gloss black alloy wheels with a bright machined surface, or optional 19-inch versions in Ebony Black.
The cabin gains sport seats trimmed in partial leather, picked out with contrasting stitching for the seats, steering wheel and gear lever gaiter. A dark headliner and pillar trims, combined with a special two-layer metallic-effect Deep Space paint on the centre console, alloy pedals and scuff plates incorporate the ST-Line logo.
Chassis enhancementsinclude optimised suspension and steering. The revised set-up benefits from thicker anti-roll bars, a 10mm lower ride height for reduced body roll and sharper responses, as well as the fitment of stiffer suspension bushes. Spring and damper rates have also been fine-tuned to deliver unparalleled comfort and performance.
Furthermore, the Kuga’s steering system employs a revised calibration to deliver a tighter, more responsive and sporty feel.
As before, a selection of option packs is available with the range-topping models. The Driver Assistance Pack for the ST-Line adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Advanced Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System and Lane Keeping Aid.
The Styling Pack includes the power opening panoramic roof, 19-inch alloy wheels and a larger single-wing rear spoiler that gives the Kuga an even more spirited appearance. High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights can also be specified on ST-Line models.
Offering low fuel consumption and running costs, the 1,5-litre unit shares the advanced diesel technologies with the existing 2.0 TDCi engine, including a lean NOX trap for cleaner exhaust emissions, components with a special diamond-like coating that reduces friction, and a sophisticated Variable Nozzle turbo-charger for enhanced engine breathing. Power is rated at 88 kW along with a peak torque output of 270 Nm.
Two 1.5 TDCi models have been introduced to the line-up, comprising the Ambiente and Trend series, both of which employ front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.
The 2.0 TDCi, which produces 132 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque, is now exclusive to the new ST-Line series, combined with Ford’s Intelligent All Wheel Drive system and six-speed PowerShift Automatic gearbox.
The 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol models are availableonly in FWD guise, starting off with the Ambiente that uses a six-speed manual transmission and delivers 110 kW and 240 Nm. Buyers can also opt for the six-speed torque converter automatic with 132 kW on tap, available in Ambiente or the more luxurious Trend specification.
The most powerful offering is the 2.0 EcoBoost ST-Line, which delivers 177 kW and 340 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the AWD system via a smooth-shifting six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a 4-year/120 000 km comprehensive warranty, 3-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and 5-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A 6-year/90 00 0km service plan is included, with 15 000 km service intervals.