Ford Australia has given its 2015 Kuga SUV a light shuffling on price as the newly updated range begins to hit showrooms.
For the new model year, the Kuga line-up will kick off from $27,490 plus on-roads, marking a $500 price drop.
Elsewhere in the range, the auto-equipped Kuga Trend AWD and Titanium AWD diesel models both drop $750, for new $38,490 and $46,990 prices.
There’s a $250 increase on auto Trend AWD and Titanium AWD petrol models at $36,490 and $44,990 respectively, while the auto Ambient AWD petrol remains unchanged at $31,490.
And, for 2015, the range is joined by a new auto Ambiente FWD model, priced at $28,990 plus on-roads.
The Kuga’s 2015 price changes are joined by a number of key revisions to both its petrol and diesel Kuga lines, along with the addition of a reversing camera accessory (to be replaced with a factory-fitted camera in Q3, 2015).
Petrol And Diesel Engines Updated
On the petrol side, there is Ford’s 2.0 litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, replacing the earlier 1.6 litre mill in all-wheel-drive Trend and Titanium models.
The change marks a significant boost in power, up from 134kW/240Nm to a new 176kW/340Nm - an increase of 42kW in power and 100Nm in torque.
The swap makes the Kuga one of the most powerful offerings among Australia’s volume-selling medium SUVs, with only Subaru’s 177kW/350Nm Forester XT bettering the Ford.
With great power, in this case, comes a noteable impact on fuel consumption, increasing from 8.0 l/100km with the old 1.6 mill to 8.6 l/100km with the 2.0 litre engine.
Ford has also introduced a pair of 110kW/240Nm and 134kW/240Nm 1.5 litre EcoBoost petrol engines, replacing earlier 1.6 litre options that offered identical figures.
Fuel consumption is improved with both, however.
The lower-powered of the two 1.5 units 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.
The diesel end of the Kuga range has also been updated for 2015, with its 2.0 litre Duratorq diesel upgraded to produce 132kW and 400Nm - an increase of 12kW and 60Nm respectively.
Fuel consumption is also improved for the new model year, dropping from 6.3 l/100km to 5.7 l/100km.
As it was in the 2014 line-up, the Duratorq diesel will again be offered exclusively in mid-spec Trend and top-shelf Titanium form.
Features with the 2015 Kuga range include the introduction of a reversing camera as an additional accessory, along with the following existing equipment:
- Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance
- Ford’s ‘Intelligent’ All-Wheel Drive system with Torque Vectoring Control
- Hands-free tailgate (optional on Trend, standard on Titanium)
- DAB+ radio (standard on Trend and Titanium)
- Auto Stop-Start on all 1.5-litre EcoBoost and TDCi variants
An optional ‘Technology Pack’ adds the following to Trend and Titanium models.
- Active City Stop
- Lane Keeping Aid
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Blind Spot Information System
- Auto High Beam
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring (new, available early 2015)
With a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating, the new Kuga features seven airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag), electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, trailer stability function and hill launch assist, and rear parking sensors.
The Titanium also gets active park assist as standard.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- 2015 Kuga Ambiente FWD MT - $27,490 (down $500)
- 2015 Kuga Ambiente FWD AT - $28,990 (New)
- 2015 Kuga Ambiente AWD AT - $31,490 (no change)
- 2015 Kuga Trend AWD AT - $36,490 (up $250)
- 2015 Kuga Trend AWD AT Diesel - $38,490 (down $750)
- 2015 Kuga Titanium AWD AT - $44,990 (up $250)
- 2015 Kuga Titanium AWD AT Diesel - $46,990 (down $750)