Ford Kuga will the next big premium SUV from the American brand and could shake up the segment if priced right
The SUV market has been on the growth uphill for some time now all over the world. Indian market isn’t too different on this front either. Now, we knew that Ford has imported one specimen of its Kuga to India in January this year and now the first ever spy shots of the car undergoing testing have finally appeared. We reckon the Kuga will perfectly slot between the EcoSport and the Endeavour in Ford India’s lineup and will further boost its major success area in the country as its Figo twin’s haven’t exactly turned out to be the success they were expected to be. No doubt the Figo twins are incredible products, but it is the EcoSport and the new Endeavour that India loves. Thus, bringing in another model in between them was an obvious next step.
What is also interesting is the fact that Ford has only recently unveiled the second generation of this car and sells it in a number of markets already. In some of its markets, the Ford Kuga is also known as the Escape, just like our Endeavour is the Ford Everest to many around the globe. Though there are no confirmations from Ford regarding the Kuga launch in India as yet, it is safe to assume than if and when the compact SUV finally arrives in India it has some stiff competition coming in.
2016 Ford Kuga Design and Dimensions
The Kuga bears a known Ford design philosophy that exudes sportiness and share its platform with the Focus and the C-Max. The compact SUV has a muscular design with dual beam headlights and LED DRL’s. The Ford family hexagon grille with horizontal slits suits the cars proportions pretty well and so does the bold front bumper with its large air intake. From the side, Kuga is all sporty with its alloy wheels, sharp character lines, roof rails and a very compact SUV-ish boxy shape. At the rear, the Kuga gets neat wrap around taillights and a muscular bumper. This design is reminiscent of the already popular EcoSport and should help the car in sales whenever it arrives. So far, a slight similarity with the EcoSport can be found.
2016 Ford Kuga Interior
As far as interiors are concerned, the Kuga gets the updated Ford SYNC-3 with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Expect a lot of space on the inside along with a large boot on offer.
2016 Ford Kuga Chassis, suspension and brakes
The car comes available in both front wheel drive and all wheel drive options. Expect disc brakes all around.
2016 Ford Kuga Spied Price and Launch
Launch could happen in late 2017. Price could begin around Rs. 9 Lakhs and go till Rs. 15/16 Lakhs ex-showroom
2016 Ford Kuga Engine And Specification
On the engine front, the Ford Kuga internationally gets power from both diesel and petrol units. The car has two diesel engines to offer, a 1.5-litre TDCi and a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine. For the lovers of the turbo-petrols the car has a 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine in the offering as well. Transmission duty is done by a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Saying that, we really hope Ford continues with its EcoBoost engine in India, we expect this technology to get more momentum with the arrival of Suzuki’ boosterjet in the Baleno in 2017.
2016 Ford Kuga Safety and Features
ABS and Airbags will be standard on all variants. Expect passive electronics to be standard on top variants of the compact SUV.
2016 Ford Kuga Competition
Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano