Ford's properly-new 2013 Kuga SUV will offer EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engine options when it goes on sale in Australia next year.
While the current Kuga acts as a stop-gap model in Ford's local SUV line-up, the 2013 Kuga is an all-new offering, revealed last year as the US-market Escape.
The new Kuga is one of 10 cars to be built on the same C-segment platform that underpins the new Focus.
In Australia, the new Kuga will be offered with Ford's 177kW 2.0 litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine, along with a TDCi diesel option.
The diesel will prove a welcome addition for local buyers, with the current range driven exclusively by a 2.5 litre five-cylinder petrol engine.
Two diesel options are offered in the overseas range - 103kW and 120kW versions of the same engine - although it is likely Australia will see the more powerful of the two.
Transmissions in the 2013 Kuga range include Ford's six-speed automatic transmission, while front- and all-wheel-drive configurations will also be offered.
“The Ford Kuga will present a strong value-for-money equation for customers,” Ford Australia boss Bob Graziano said. “We want to make the new Ford Kuga accessible to all customers.”
Full Australian specifications and features will be released closer to the vehicle’s launch in 2013. Exact timing is still to be confirmed.
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