As expected, a restyled Ford Kuga has arrived at the Geneva Motor Show, wearing the same ruggedised front end as shown on the US-market Ford Escape that made its debut at the LA Auto Show in November last year.
Moving away from the ‘hatchback on stilts’ slimline styling of the current Kuga, the updated model adopts front end styling that shows off a beefier hexagonal grille, with solid horizontal bars, larger headlights and a less prominent lower intake flanked by blocky fog lights.
At the rear a set of new tail lights, and a redesigned tailgate with shorter light inserts provides a more solid stance, while lower down a new bumper valance with a gloss black diffuser and mesh inserts caps off the tougher upgrade.
Other changes for the Geneva show-stand include black alloy wheels, body coloured lower cladding and a blackout treatment for the roof rails, belt moulding, and font guard vent.
On the inside the Kuga adopts Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system, which offers faster performance, and additional, simplified voice commands, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen interface with larger buttons, and new pinch and swipe operation, just like a smartphone.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity also join the list of new features.
Under the bonnet Ford’s European customers will also see a new 1.5 litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine that produces 88kW and is available with front wheel drive. A carry-over 2.0 litre diesel producing 110kW linked to front or all wheel drive is also avaialble.
As well as the regular Kuga range Ford also provided a glimpse of an upscale Kuga Vignale concept, as well as announcing an expanded range of premium Vignale offerings.
Joining the existing Mondeo Vignale saloon and wagon, a five-door Mondeo Vignale will round-out the Mondeo range, while a Vignale variant of the S-Max people mover, and Edge large SUV will also be offered.
All will receive unique styling touches including Vignale-specific mesh grilles, polished alloy wheels, and quilted leather upholstery. Vignale ownership also provides unique benefits and offers for travel, accommodation, and events through strategic partnerships across Europe.
For Australia however the more lavish Vignale models are off the cards, the facelifted Kuga however will be coming here, however it’s arrival timeframe is yet to be announced.
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