Ford Kuga

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For the similarly named Mercury vehicle, see Mercury Cougar.
Ford Kuga
Ford Kuga 1.6 EcoBoost 2x4 Trend (II) – Frontansicht, 3. März 2013, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Also called Ford Escape (Americas)
Production 2008-present
Assembly Saarlouis, Germany (SB&A)
Valencia, Spain (Ford Valencia)
Chongqing, China (Changan Ford Mazda)
Yelabuga, Russia (Ford Sollers)[1]
Body and chassis
Class Compact sport utility vehicle
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel drive

The Ford Kuga is a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by Ford since 2008. It is based on the C1 platform, that also forms the underpinnings of the Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX. Both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are offered.

First generation (2008–2012)[edit]

First generation
Ford Kuga TDCi.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Production 2008-present
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Ford C1 platform
Related Ford Focus
Ford C-MAX
Volvo C30
Volvo S40
Volvo V50
Mazda 3
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L Duratorq I4 (diesel)
2.5 L Duratec I5 (t/c petrol)
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,690 mm (105.9 in)
Length 4,443 mm (174.9 in)
Width 1,842 mm (72.5 in)
Height 1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Curb weight 1,613 kg (3,556 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Maverick

The Kuga went on sale in the first half of 2008, and is built at Ford's plant in Saarlouis, Germany. In the UK, emphasising the car's premium market aspirations, only high-end Zetec and Titanium specifications are offered. The combined fuel consumption is 44.1 mpg-imp (6.41 L/100 km; 36.7 mpg-US) and the CO2 emissions are 169 g/km.[2]

Engines[edit]

Petrol

Diesel

  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)
  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) 4 x 4 and powershift models.

Worldwide markets[edit]

A July 20, 2007 report indicated Ford executives were considering the prospects of sales in North America.[3] This idea was later scrapped after it was determined the car could not be sold both competitively priced and at a profit in the US due to the current dollar-euro exchange rate.

On July 24, 2008, WDIV-TV had announced that Ford is reconsidering bringing the Kuga to North America after all.

On October 22, 2009, news leaked that Ford will build the Kuga at its Louisville plant, possibly as the 2012 Ford Escape.[4]

On June 23, 2010, Ford announced it will end production on the second generation Escape in 2011 in anticipation to the Kuga's North American launch as the next-generation Escape.[5]

The Ford Kuga is now also available in Argentina since 2010, in Japan, South Africa and New Zealand since 2011, and in Australia since March 2012.[6]

A facelift was released in late 2010.[7]

That redesigned Kuga will form the basis for the 2013 Ford Escape sold in the U.S. Both vehicles will likely offer a hybrid option, as Ford announced in May 2010 that it would build unspecified hybrids at a plant in Valencia, Spain. If built, the Kuga Hybrid would be Ford's first hybrid to be sold in Europe, though it has sold over 100,000 Escape Hybrids and Mercury Mariner Hybrids in the U.S. since 2004.[8]

Second generation (2013)[edit]

Second generation
Ford Kuga 1.6 EcoBoost 2x4 Trend (II) – Frontansicht, 3. März 2013, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Also called Ford Escape (United States, Canada)
Production 2013-present
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Ford C1 platform
Related Ford Focus
Ford C-MAX
Volvo C30
Volvo S40
Volvo V50
Mazda 3
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L Duratorq I4 (diesel)
1.6 L EcoBoost I4 (t/c petrol)
2.0 L EcoBoost I4 (t/c petrol)
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed PowerShift
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,690 mm (105.9 in)
Length 4,524 mm (178.1 in)
Width 1,838 mm (72.4 in)
Height 1,702 mm (67.0 in)
Curb weight 1,580 kg (3,480 lb) - 1,707 kg (3,763 lb)

Engines[edit]

Petrol

  • 1.6 L EcoBoost turbo I4, 182 PS (134 kW; 180 hp) 2WD and 4 x 4 models.

Diesel

  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp)
  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)

Name[edit]

Kuga is, in the Serb-Croatian and Slovenian language, the word for plague. However, the name of the car was not changed for these markets.[9][10][11]

Ford used to have a Mercury make with the name Cougar which was similar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.at.ford.com/news/cn/Pages/Full-Cycle%20Production%20of%20New%20Ford%20Kuga%20Starts%20in%20Russia.aspx
  2. ^ *Ford Kuga Press Release (UK)
  3. ^ Ford Kuga and C-Max destined for US? - Motor Authority
  4. ^ "Ford to build European small SUV in Kentucky". July 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Report: Ford to halt Missouri Escape production in 2011" from Autoblog (June 23, 2010)
  6. ^ "2012 Ford Kuga compact SUV here in March". Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  7. ^ "Ford Kuga gets a facelift | Auto Express | News | Spy-Shots". Auto Express. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  8. ^ "2012 Ford Kuga". GreenCarReports. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Kuga - Wikipedija, prosta enciklopedija" (in (Slovene)). Sl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  10. ^ "Kuga - Wikipedija" (in (Croatian)). Hr.wikipedia.org. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  11. ^ "Kuga – Википедија" (in (Serbian)). Sr.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 

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