This is Ford’s latest version of the Escape SUV, snapped by our spy photographers during its American testing programme. If the Escape brand means little to you, bear with us because the car will make its way across the Atlantic to be sold as the Ford Kuga in the UK, with prices likely to start at around £23,500.
Ford’s new Kuga gets a revised roof-line and a fresh face, with updated headlights, bumper and grille. The rear bumper and rear lights have also received a lift, as has the plastic fairing fitted to the car’s flanks.
Inside, we expect the new Kuga to feature Ford’s latest infotainment system with 4G WiFi hotspot and traffic updates. FordPass is also likely to be supported, allowing drivers to monitor their car’s fuel level, tyre pressures and mileage, as well as locating and securing their vehicles remotely.
Like the outgoing model, we expect Ford’s new Kuga to be available in Zetec, Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale trim levels. Base spec Zetec models will probably start at £23,500 and come with a DAB radio, small infotainment screen and alloy wheels. Range-topping Vignale models could cost as much as £34,000, and will likely add LED headlights, sat-nav, leather upholstery and heated seats.
We expect a choice of three 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines to be offered, along with a 1.5-litre and two 2.0-litre turbo diesels, the latter of which will be available with all-wheel-drive. Also, a choice of either a manual or automatic transmission will probably be available throughout the range.
It’s likely that the next Kuga will share its platform with the new Focus, which has been designed with electrification in mind, meaning both plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants could also be possible. The new Kuga will also benefit from a marginal size increase as a result of this parts-sharing.
Ford recently announced plans to significantly invest in electrification, and will spend almost £8bn in a bid to introduce 40 electrified vehicles including full EVs across various markets by 2022. A fully electric compact SUV is high on the firm’s list of priorities too, which will be inspired by the iconic Mustang.
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