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UPDATE: Ford has now detailed changes to the diesel range. READ HERE.

In a move that could bring much-needed attention to the range, Ford Australia has announced a number of powertrain enhancements for its Kuga SUV.

Launched here last year, the Kuga has so far failed to ignite the passions of Aussie families. With 3953 sales year-to-date, the Kuga languishes at seventh in the midsized SUV segment.

Ford may now have the fuel it needs to fire up buyer interest, however, adding more powerful and more efficient engines to the range.

Headlining the updates is the introduction of Ford’s 2.0 litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine in the all-wheel-drive Trend and Titanium models.

Replacing the 134kW/240Nm 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine, the 2.0 litre mill ups outputs to 176kW and 340Nm.

The new numbers mark a 42kW and 100Nm increase over the outgoing unit - and they’re not far off the 179kW/353Nm figures offered with the larger and heavier 2.0 litre EcoBoost Falcon sedan.

The swap also makes the Kuga one of the most powerful offerings among the volume-selling midsized SUVs, with only Subaru’s 177kW/350Nm Forester XT outpunching the Ford.

The 2.0 litre Kuga’s fuel economy takes a hit however, with the more powerful unit listing consumption at 8.6 l/100km - compared to 8.0 l/100km with the 1.6 unit.

Elsewhere in the range, Ford has introduced a pair of new 1.5 litre EcoBoost petrol options, again replacing 1.6 litre units in the outgoing range.

Both versions of the 1.5 litre mill produce the same outputs as the engines they replace - 110kW/240Nm and 134kW/240Nm respectively - but fuel economy has been moderately improved in the switch.

The lower-powered of the two 1.5 unit’s lists fuel use at 6.3 l/100km in front-wheel-drive manual Ambiente form, compared to 6.7 l/100km in its predecessor.

The more powerful version, in all-wheel-drive auto Ambiente form, lists fuel use at 7.6 l/100km - a 0.1 l/100km improvement.

The 134kW/240Nm tune will now also be made available in front-wheel-drive form, with that new variant listing fuel use at 7.0 l/100km.

“We’ve had strong customer feedback for a two-wheel drive automatic variant and we’ve responded to that feedback with a new model,” Ford Australia’s Graeme Whickman.

“There is a customer-base that appreciates the convenience of an SUV that doesn’t necessarily need all the benefits of AWD and the addition of the two-wheel drive automatic Ambiente provides this customer with the perfect solution.”

The updated Kuga range will hit showrooms in January, with pricing and further details to be confirmed closer to launch.

For now, no changes to the 120kW/340Nm and 6.3 l/100km 2.0 litre diesel Kuga have been revealed.

UPDATE: Ford has now detailed changes to the diesel range. READ HERE.

In its current form, the Kuga is priced as listed below.

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2013/14 Ford Kuga Pricing (excludes on-road costs)

  • 2014 Kuga Ambiente FWD 1.6 petrol manual - $27,990
  • 2014 Kuga Ambiente AWD 1.6 petrol automatic - $31,490
  • 2014 Kuga Trend AWD 1.6 petrol automatic - $36,240
  • 2014 Kuga Trend AWD 2.0 diesel automatic - $39,240
  • 2014 Kuga Titanium AWD 1.6 petrol automatic - $44,740
  • 2014 Kuga Titanium AWD 2.0 diesel automatic - $47,740
 
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