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2012 Ford Kuga

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  • Ford Kuga
  • Year:
    2012
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    147 @ 3500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258 @ 2000
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    121 mph
  • Price:
    20995 (Est.)
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The Ford Kuga has been trekking the globe since 2007 in markets from Europe and South Africa to South America and Japan. But for 2012, the second generation Kuga rolled out for the world market. If you’re reading this in the U.S., the Kuga should look very familiar. The 2013 to present Escape is based on the Kuga. Its underpinnings and design are identical, while things like powertrain and option packaging have some differences.

The Kuga shares many of the updates the U.S.-spec Escape enjoys, including the hands-free automatic tailgate, the Microsoft SYNC system, and a power-release feature on the folding second-row seats.

Ford knew in development the Kuga and Escape would be sold the world over, so special attention was paid to the styling. Chris Bird, Ford of Europe’s design director, said the Kuga was meant to appeal to the wide variety of markets it would be sold in. “Great design can turn an object that you need to have, into an object you love,” he said. “That is why we put so much thought and feeling into cars like Kuga, making them appealing and relevant no matter where our customers are.”

He goes on to say size perception differs from region to region. “More customers in Europe and Asia now choose compact SUVs as an alternative to conventional niche products like coupes. In North America there is a growing trend to downsize, but our customers there still want to combine style and space, so it’s important to get that balance.”

So let’s check out how the second-generation Kuga stacks up.

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2017 Ford Kuga ST

2017 Ford Kuga ST

Ford’s European SUV gets a little hotter

Ford first launched the Kuga compact SUV in 2008, ushering in a second generation in 2012. The Kuga has been offered in a variety of worldwide markets, including Europe, Argentina, Japan, South Africa, and New Zealand, and it was sourced for the U.S.-bound 2013 Ford Escape. Now, as SUV sales in Europe start to gain steam, Ford is expanding its lineup to include the first-ever performance SUV for European buyers – the Kuga ST. Sharing the same sportier designation as the Mondeo ST, Focus ST, and Fiesta ST, the Kuga ST brings the same brash styling and upright body as the standard Kuga, but adds a slew of unique aesthetic tweaks, black embellishments, and new sport seats in the interior, plus an upgraded suspension set-up for nippier handling.

According to Ford, SUV sales in Europe are increasing every year, mostly thanks to interest from moms, Millenials, and buyers in their fifties. “The percentage of SUVs sold in Europe compared with total car sales has grown from six percent in 2005 to 23 percent in 2015,” Ford states in its press release, quoting a figure from JATO Consult. Furthermore, Ford says it expects that figure to grow to 27 percent in the next four years, as evidenced by findings from IHS, an industry sales analyst.

So it makes sense to expand the Kuga line, at least from a sales point of view. But the real question is this – is this SUV worthy of the ST affiliation?

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2016 Ford Kuga Vignale Concept

2016 Ford Kuga Vignale Concept

The Kuga gets dressed up for Geneva

Ford has seen a marked sales increase for its higher-trimmed model. With the Kuga, for instance, four out of five examples sold in 2015 were fitted in the range-topping Titanium trim. Seeing an opportunity, Ford has debuted a new high-end trim for the Kuga at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Called the Vignale Concept, this Kuga features a unique paint and a more luxurious interior.

“Our Ford Kuga Vignale Concept speaks directly to the growing trend for luxury SUVs and represents the very best of Ford with premium design, materials and craftsmanship,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “We see great potential to extend the top end of our Ford product range and offer a special experience that meets the growing expectations of our customers.”

For those unaware, the Kuga is basically the European version of the Escape. It has slightly different looks and is offered with different powertrain options. Perhaps is Ford may introduce a similarly well-equipped trim level on the U.S.-based Escape, though nothing was mentioned that suggests it. If that does turn into a reality, expect Ford to call it like “Platinum” or “Limited.”

Ford is expecting the SUV market to grow in Europe by seven percent by 2020, so it seems rightfully smart to prepare a wide range of trim levels, including a high-end version like the Vignale Concept.

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2012 Ford Kuga

2012 Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga has been trekking the globe since 2007 in markets from Europe and South Africa to South America and Japan. But for 2012, the second generation Kuga rolled out for the world market. If you’re reading this in the U.S., the Kuga should look very familiar. The 2013 to present Escape is based on the Kuga. Its underpinnings and design are identical, while things like powertrain and option packaging have some differences.

The Kuga shares many of the updates the U.S.-spec Escape enjoys, including the hands-free automatic tailgate, the Microsoft SYNC system, and a power-release feature on the folding second-row seats.

Ford knew in development the Kuga and Escape would be sold the world over, so special attention was paid to the styling. Chris Bird, Ford of Europe’s design director, said the Kuga was meant to appeal to the wide variety of markets it would be sold in. “Great design can turn an object that you need to have, into an object you love,” he said. “That is why we put so much thought and feeling into cars like Kuga, making them appealing and relevant no matter where our customers are.”

He goes on to say size perception differs from region to region. “More customers in Europe and Asia now choose compact SUVs as an alternative to conventional niche products like coupes. In North America there is a growing trend to downsize, but our customers there still want to combine style and space, so it’s important to get that balance.”

So let’s check out how the second-generation Kuga stacks up.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Kuga.

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2013 Ford Baby Kuga

2013 Ford Baby Kuga

It was only a few days ago that we brought you spy shots of the Fiesta-based Ford B-Max, but apparently that won’t be the only model using the small hatchback’s platform. New spy shots reveal that Ford is also preparing a new baby Kuga which we expect will debut late next year.

The yet-unnamed baby Kuga will be placed below the current Kuga and will be offered with the same engines and gearboxes found in the Fiesta line-up. However, there may be a more powerful version offered to compensate for the higher weight of the SUV or a more powerful engine for the optional four-wheel-drive version.

The baby Kuga’s main target market will be Europe where it will take on models like the MINI Countryman, but judging from the fact that this test model was caught testing at the top of Pikes Peak, it may also be available in the US.

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Ford Kuga Coupe rendering

Ford Kuga Coupe rendering

The Kuga SUV is already a very successful model in Ford’s line-up. A coupe version will surely be something that would turn heads. The company already announced plans to enlarge the five-door version and inspired by BMW’s X6 success the blue oval has also decided to come with a sporty version of the Kuga.

Of course inspired by its little brother, the coupe version will also take its inspiration from the smaller three-door Fiesta especially the C-pillar, while the front-end is inspired by the Iosis MAX concept.

The Kuga Coupe will also be offered in a two-wheel drive version, alongside the 4x4. Under the hood, Ford will put the same range of EcoBoost direct-injection turbocharged petrol engines as the upcoming third-generation Focus: a new 1.6 Liter turbo, available with 148 HP and 178 HP outputs. Diesel options for the Kuga Coupé are going to include a new 128 HP 1.6 TDCi and a flagship 2.0-litre, available with 168 HP or 197 HP options.

The Ford Kuga Coupe will be launched in 2011.

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2009 Ford Kuga

2009 Ford Kuga

Ford Europe will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the 2009 Kuga, the first ever crossover designed and built by Ford in Europe. Kuga was first presented as the Iosis X Concept in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show and then as a prototype version at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new Ford Kuga is based unashamedly on Ford’s acclaimed C-car architecture – well proven in both the Ford Focus and the Ford C-MAX. Available with a proven powertrain and two series levels the full-time Haldex intelligent AWD system is complemented by a front-wheel-drive (FWD) version that is perfect for those drivers that are attracted by the style and presence of Kuga but do not require AWD capability.

The Ford Kuga is available in a choice of two distinct series levels with further options available that enable the driver to personalise the car exactly to their needs. The standard Electronic Stability Programme ( ESP) with combined Anti Rollover Mitigation (ARM), and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) are just two of the significant driver assistance technologies of the new Kuga.

The Kuga will be made available with a 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136 PS 100kW engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Applicable to both FWD and intelligent AWD derivatives the torque, performance and pulling power under all engine and vehicle load conditions have been perfectly calibrated to the new Ford Kuga. This engine provides high levels of torque – 320 Nm at 2,000rpm and 340 Nm in transient overboost. FWD and intelligent AWD variants return favourable fuel economy figures of 6.3 and 6.4 litres of fuel per 100 km respectively, using the combined fuel consumption figures. The intelligent AWD figure of 169 g/km of CO 2 is class-leading.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Ford Kuga Individual

2009 Ford Kuga Individual

At the Paris Auto Show, Ford will take the wrapping off its latest package for its Kuga crossover. Called the Individual, the package was inspired by the Iosis X Concept first shown in Paris two years ago.

Taking full advantage of the ’kinetic’ shapes of the Kuga’s interior, the Ford Individual Design team has developed a completely new color scheme, and combined it with premium quality materials, with contrasting colors and textures.

Although the Kuga is currently only available in Europe, this is likely to be one of the cars Ford will start to sell in the U.S. as part of its vehicle downsizing program.

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5-liter Duratec Turbo petrol engine for the 2009 Kuga

5-liter Duratec Turbo petrol engine for the 2009 Kuga

Ford will unveil a new powertrain for the 2009 Kuga at the Paris Auto Show. The new 2.5-liter Duratec Turbo petrol engine mated to on optional Durashift 5-tronic automatic transmission will be available in early 2009.

The new engine for Kuga is based on the well-proven and acclaimed Ford 2.5-liter Duratec Turbo engine already available in the latest Ford Mondeo and S-MAX models as well as the sporty Focus ST.

The Ford Kuga 2.5 Turbo comes with the acclaimed, Haldex Gen 4 Intelligent AWD system and manual 6-speed transmission as standard, and delivers impressive performance. With a maximum power output of 200 hp at 6,000 rpm and a linear torque peak of 320 Nm being available from 1,600 up to 4,000 rpm, the vehicle reaches a top speed of 208 km/h. For a vehicle in this segment and performance, the homologated combined fuel economy of just 9.9 l/100 km (average CO2 output 234 g/km) is very reasonable.

Press release after the jump.

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Ford Kuga by Wolf

Ford Kuga by Wolf

Although Ford doesn’t currently sell the curvy SUV Kuga in the U.S., its rumored that the car may be part of the European Ford invasion over the next few years. So we thought it would be cool to take a look at how some performance modifications from the German tuner Wolf can add some speed to the fast looks. The new package includes an ECU tweaking from 136 hp to 158 hp, at a mere price of 795 euros or $ 1,170. Also a new set of 20 inch alloy wheels were added at a price of 2,850 euros or $ 4,197 per set. More details after the jump.

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Ford Kuga by Cobra

Ford Kuga by Cobra

After its launch the new Ford Kuga finally arrived to the Cobra workshops in order to be dressed up with the stainless-steel components which characterizes the Dutch tuner. The new programme includes a front bull-bar, rocker panels and rear guard on the left and right side adding a plus of sportivity to the vehicle. Of course, all the accesories meet the strict EU requirements for pedestrian protection.

Press release after the jump!

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Five Euro NCAP Stars for the new Ford Kuga

Five Euro NCAP Stars for the new Ford Kuga

In the latest phase of Euro NCAP safety tests the all-new Ford Kuga compact crossover has achieved the best combination of star ratings, placing the car at the top of the table in the Euro NCAP Small Off-road 4x4 group. Awarded the maximum five stars for Adult Occupant Protection, this rating is enhanced by four stars for Child Occupant Protection and three stars for Pedestrian Protection.

"The Ford Kuga joins a portfolio of cars that is recognised for high safety standards and performance," said Joe Bakaj, Vice President, Global Product Programs, Ford Motor Company and Vice President, Product Development, Ford of Europe. "The tests performed by Euro NCAP are further validation of our own rigorous testing procedures and internal results and convey a compelling message to Kuga customers from a highly respected and impartial organisation."

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Ford Kuga by Delta4x4

Ford Kuga by Delta4x4

With the new customization programme for the recently launched Ford Kuga, Delta4x4 wants to put its well-known amprent also on the kinetic design of the American vehicle.

First of all, the tuning company increased the ground level with 55 cm and added new alloy wheels with diameter ranging from 18 to 22 inch. The 2.0 liter engine, thanks to the new ECU tweaking, develops now 162 hp and 380 Nm of torque. Everything is offered at a price of €34,990 including the price of the manufacturer’s model.

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Ford Kuga production starts

Ford Kuga production starts

Ford of Europe today begin the production of the 2009 Kuga at the Ford plant in Saarlouis, Germany. The company plans to build around 45,000 examples of the new model in Saarlouis this year – equivalent to nearly 10 per cent of the plant’s annual production volume.

The Kuga is the fourth model to be launched at Saarlouis in the past 12 months. It follows the new Ford C-MAX in March 2007, the new Ford Focus in December 2007 and the new Ford Focus ST earlier this month.

The Kuga will be made available with a 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136 PS 100kW engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Applicable to both FWD and intelligent AWD derivatives the torque, performance and pulling power under all engine and vehicle load conditions have been perfectly calibrated to the new Ford Kuga. This engine provides high levels of torque – 320 Nm at 2,000rpm and 340 Nm in transient overboost. FWD and intelligent AWD variants return favourable fuel economy figures of 6.3 and 6.4 litres of fuel per 100 km respectively, using the combined fuel consumption figures. The intelligent AWD figure of 169 g/km of CO 2 is class-leading.

Press release after the jump.

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Ford Kuga - UK pricing announced

Ford Kuga - UK pricing announced

Ford UK today announced pricing for the all-new Kuga crossover that will go on sale starting June. Kuga will be available in two different versions: Zetec priced at £20,495 and Titanium priced at £22,495.

Powered by the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136PS diesel engine with standard particulate filter and six-speed manual transmission, Kuga comes with full-time Haldex intelligent AWD system. The engine provides 320Nm of torque at 2,000rpm and 340Nm in transient overboost. With combined fuel consumption of 44.1mpg it also achieves class-leading levels of CO2 – 169 g/km.

Standard features include - keyless start, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Ford Easy fuel, Thatcham category 1 alarm and MP3 connector.

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Ford Kuga to be offered only with one diesel engine

Ford Kuga to be offered only with one diesel engine

Ford’s medium cars’ brand manager Damian Oton has announced in an interview with Business Car that the new Kuga 4x4 crossover will be offered with only one diesel engine mated with a six-speed manual transmission starting May 2008.

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2008 Ford Kuga

2008 Ford Kuga

Ford has released the first details of its new Kuga crossover at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the car will be previewed ahead of production early in 2008. The Kuga will be previewed alongside the new Ford Verve Concept small car and other exciting new products yet to be revealed on the show’s first press day, September 11th.

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Ford Kuga - Ford's first hybrid in Europe

Ford Kuga - Ford’s first hybrid in Europe

The Ford Kuga that will be unveiled in September at Frankfurt Motor Show and will go on sale in Europe next year, will replace the current Ford Escape.

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2008 Ford Kuga Crossover to be unveiled in Frankfurt

2008 Ford Kuga Crossover to be unveiled in Frankfurt

According to Carscoop, the production version of the Iosis X concept revealed at the Paris motor show last autumn will be unveiled this autumn this time in Frankfurt. The model will be called Kuga and is a mid-sized crossover.

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