Ford South Africa has revealed a raft of updates to its underrated Kuga. The most exciting is that it is now available with the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine lifted from the Focus ST, making it the most powerful petrol powered mid-size SUV with power pegged at 177kW and torque peaking at 340Nm.
Diesel lovers will be pleased as the 2.0-litre TDCi engine now makes 132kW and 400Nm â€“ the most ever produced in a Ford Kuga. Thatâ€™s 10% more while emitting 19g/km less as well.
Another new powertrain for Kuga is the 1.5-litre 134kW/240Nm EcoBoost petrol engine, reducing CO2 emissions to 143g/km from 154g/km â€“ an improvement of more than seven per cent over the outgoing 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine.
In order to reduce fuel consumption auto stop-start and an aerodynamic feature called active grille shitter will also be introduced across the range.
An interesting snippet of information from Ford South Africa regarding the Kuga; Apparently more than half new Kugaâ€™s delivered are specced with the optional self-parking feature which allows the car to park itself. Is this an indication of our national ability to not parallel park?
Combined with other standard features such as tyre pressure monitoring system, which warns if any of the tyres lose significant pressure during a journey, a hands-free tailgate, blind spot information system, active city stop, auto high beam assist, lane keeping aid, and lane keeping alert and driver alert, makes the Ford Kuga a worthy competitor in the mid-size SUV sector.