Lean ‘n mean Kuga gets five stars

Bobby Cheetham

FORD South Africa has taken the wraps off the long-awaited new Kuga. The stylish SUV is packed with the latest gizmos and gadgets and at the same time has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating with features like Active City Stop, Lane Keeping Aid and Blind Spot Information System.

The Kuga was awarded a maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP after achieving an overall protection score of 88%, the highest-ever for a mid-sized SUV.

A vast array of safety technologies are available including Active City Stop. The system uses a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) sensor to help drivers avoid a collision when driving in queues.

It does this by continually measuring the distance to the vehicle in front when it is within its 12 metre range.

If a vehicle in the traffic ahead slows down or stops without the driver noticing, this could lead to an incident. Active City Stop, which is active at speeds up to 30km/h, assists the driver by safely braking the car automatically.

And Ford says the Kuga, available this month, is set to shatter the myth that an SUV can’t be green, high-tech, capable and exceptional all at once.

Add to this a sharp design, enhanced driving dynamics, fuel efficient engines and a host of clever technologies including SYNC – Ford’s “open sesame” handsfree automatic tailgate, and motorists can expect a winner for Ford’s ever-increasing stable.

But it’s what’s under the bonnet where the company is also breaking new ground in the highly competitive sport utility vehicle segment.

The line-up sees the introduction of a new range of engines including a turbocharged 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine.

Ford claims both power trains produce outstanding performance, impressive fuel economy and low emissions.

The 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is available with two power output levels.

The 110kW version is available in FWD and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The company says this equates to impressive fuel consumption figures of just 6.6l/100km on a combined cycle run, while emitting just 154g/km carbon dioxide is available in AWD and is paired with six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. This version uses 7.7 l/100km of fuel on combined cycle, while emitting 179g/km carbon dioxide, a 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift. It uses 6.2 l/100km and emits 162g/km carbon dioxide

1.6 EcoBoost Ambiente FWD R289900

1.6 EcoBoost Trend FWD R324900

1.6 EcoBoost Trend Auto AWD R364900

1.6 EcoBoost Titanium Auto AWD R398900

2.0 TDCi Trend Powershift AWD R384900

2.0 TDCi Trend Powershift AWD R418900

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