The European-built Ford Kuga, available in the range-topping Titanium edition, arrives at Ford dealers throughout the country from November. The New Zealand RRP is $53,990.
“This is big news for us and we’re very excited,” said Chris Masterson, Marketing Manager, Ford New Zealand. “The Kuga has done very well in Europe since its introduction in 2008, often topping sales charts. Locally, the small SUV market has seen substantial growth in the last few years and now with a European-proven design we have a highly compelling offer for customers in this market. As an attractive, well-designed and fully-capable crossover vehicle, the Kuga Titanium will be hard to beat. Customers will be impressed, as will our competition.”
Available with a proven powertrain and full-time AWD system, the Kuga features driver assistance technologies such as Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) that combines Anti Rollover Mitigation (ARM) and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).
Ford says the stylish Kuga is a further demonstration of the exciting direction its vehicles have taken. “The fresh and modern styling is the starting point with the substance of the car matching this styling promise. This is delivered by leading driving dynamics, a strong and competent safety pedigree, high quality and craftsmanship and a competitive crossover package.” A high seating position, the intelligent AWD option and large stowage volumes make the Kuga a very attractive proposition.
“Kuga’s arrival to New Zealand will certainly raise the bar in the busy and highly-competitive crossover segment,” said Masterson. “The kinetic design styling gives the car great personality and tremendous showroom appeal to potential customers.”
The ‘Liftgate’ tailgate offers maximum flexibility and convenience with separate access via micro switches to either the upper tailgate section only or both sections simultaneously.
The materials chosen for Kuga’s interior incorporates fine Napoli leather and gloss finishes. Colour-matched details of the interior design and integrated trim colours highlight the instrument panel and door trims.
Kuga offers seating for up to five adults. The second row seating has a 60/40 split and has been designed to fold completely flat. Underseat storage is a practical feature beneath the second row with further storage under the floor of the luggage compartment area which is divided into compartments.
A luggage compartment sill height of 758mm aids the loading of heavy items into the car. The Kuga has a generous luggage capacity of 1355 litres when in two-seat mode, while the enclosed luggage compartment achieves a volume of 360 litres.
The Kuga Titanium will be available in New Zealand with the 2.5-litre turbo charged I5 petrol engine (147kW/320Nm) mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle returns fuel economy figures of 10.3 litres of fuel per 100km, using the combined fuel consumption figures and a figure of 244 g/km of CO2.
Gross Vehicle Weight 2130kg
Wheel Base 2690mm
Kerb Weight 1653kg
Gross Combined Weight 3630kg
Emission Level Euro Stage V
Fuel Economy (Urban) 14.6L /100km
Fuel Economy (Extra Urban) 7.8L /100km
Fuel Economy (Combined) 10.3L /100km
Max Towed Mass (braked) 1500kg
Max Towed Mass (unbraked) 750kg
Transmission 5 Speed Auto
- Front and rear fog lamps
- Halogen headlamps
- Follow Me Home lighting
- Power heated side mirrors with side indicators and puddle lamps
- Roof rails
- Rear privacy glass
- Dual exhaust pipe with chrome finish
- Split tailgate
- 19″ Alloy wheels with 235/45 V tyres
- Rain sensing wipers
- Rear parking sensors
- Premium Napoli leather seat trim
- Heated front seats
- Seatback mounted tray table
- Rear seat centre armrest with cup holders
- Cruise control
- Power windows
- 60/40 Split Rear Seat
- Rear tonneau cover
- Premium centre console
- Overhead console with map reading lamps and sunglass holder
- Dual zone electronic air conditioning controls
- Electrochromatic mirror
- Bluetooth Voice Control with Connectivity module (USB/iPod/audio streaming)
- Keyless Start/Stop Push Button
- Front floor mats
- 5-star NCAP rating
- Driver & Front Passenger Airbag
- Driver and Front Passenger Side Thorax and Pelvis Airbags
- Side Curtain Airbags
- ABS with DSC (with Anti Rollover Mitigation) including EBA
- Driver & Front Passenger Beltminder
- Allergy tested interior
- Emergency brake light – automatic hazard warning under emergency braking