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(from Ford Press
Release) FORD OFFERS MORE PERFORMANCE AND STYLE FOR NEW KUGA
-- Paris debut of
new powertrain and styling options for dynamic Ford Kuga
-- New 20 0 PS, 2.5-litre Duratec Turbo petrol engine offers
-- Optional new Durashift 5-tronic automatic transmission for
ultra-smooth gear changes
-- Ford Individual interior styling package previewed at 2008
Paris Motor Show
-- New optional body kit and 20" wheels for stylish vehicle
Cologne, September 5,
2008 - Ford of Europe is previewing new powertrain and styling
enhancements for the new Ford Kuga at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
Early in 2009, the
dynamic Kuga range will be extended with the availability of an
exciting new 200 PS, 2.5-litre Duratec Turbo petrol engine as well
as a new optional Durashift 5-tronic automatic transmission.
In addition to these new powertrain choices, the Kuga will also be
available with Ford Individual vehicle personalisation options,
combining a new exterior body kit and specially designed 20-inch
alloy wheels with a classy interior treatment.
Smooth and Powerful
Although the 136 PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engined Ford Kuga
is no slouch, the addition of the dynamic new 200 PS 2.5-litre
Duratec 5-cylinder Turbo petrol engine to the range offers drivers
smooth but agile power and high torque levels over a wide speed
range, combined with a high level of refinement and a distinctive
The new engine for Kuga is based on the well-proven and acclaimed
Ford 2.5-litre Duratec Turbo engine already available in the latest
Ford Mondeo and S-MAX models as well as the sporty Focus ST.
The unit has been carefully re-calibrated for the Kuga to meet the
performance expectations that customers have in the compact
All-Wheel-Drive crossover segment.
Gunnar Herrmann, C-Car Vehicle Line Director, Ford of Europe said,
We always intended the new Kuga to be the most dynamic crossover
vehicle in its class. The new 2.5-litre Duratec Turbo petrol
powertrain offers extra performance and is a perfect match for the
vehicle. The added power and refinement adds a lot of fun when
driving Kuga both on- and off-road.
The Ford Kuga 2.5 Turbo comes with the acclaimed, Haldex Gen 4
Intelligent AWD system and manual 6-speed transmission as standard,
and delivers impressive performance. With a maximum power output of
200 PS (147 kW) at 6,000 rpm and a linear torque peak of 320 Nm
being available from 1,600 up to 4,000 rpm, the vehicle reaches a
top speed of 208 kph. For a vehicle in this segment and performance,
the homologated combined fuel economy of just 9.9 l/100 km (average
234 g/km) is very reasonable.
But it's not all about performance. A detailed re-tuning of the
exhaust tone makes sure that the driver can really enjoy the
characteristic and sonorous 5-cylinder turbo sound - powerful yet
Herrmann said, "Even though we expect the majority of customers
across Europe to opt for the power and compelling fuel economy and
environmental figures of the 136 PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi
powertrain, we wanted to meet the demands of customers in many
markets who have asked us for a high performance petrol engine to
complement the Kuga's distinctive and sporty style. The Kuga 2.5 is
a real driver's vehicle!" The new Kuga 2.5-litre Duratec Turbo
will be available to customers all over Europe from the beginning of
An Automatic Choice
As an option, the Ford
Kuga equipped with the new 2.5-litre Duratec engine will also be
available with the Durashift 5-tronic automatic transmission.
This combination not only takes full advantage of the high and very
linear torque performance of the 5-cylinder turbo engine, it also
adds significant comfort, refinement and versatility to the Kuga.
Key to the versatility of the new Durashift 5-tronic is the ability
for the driver to switch between different modes. To allow maximum
driver involvement, a Manual mode is provided, giving full control
of the five forward gears. Sport and Manual modes give faster
transmission reaction times to minimal throttle inputs from the
driver, providing a sportier and more dynamic driving style.
When the 'S' mode is engaged, the driver can enjoy the fully
automatic Sport mode which activates up- and downshifts at different
shift points as appropriate. Information related to modes and gear
selection is provided in the central instrument cluster display.
The transmission hardware was designed and manufactured for Ford by
Aisin AW, a company with a worldwide and longstanding reputation for
providing reliable transmissions that break new ground in the
automatic transmission arena. Fords' engineers worked closely with
Aisin AW to tailor the Transmission Control Module (TCM) software to
complement and enhance the Kuga's driving dynamics performance.
The TCM incorporates sophisticated, adaptive learning procedures.
After the prescribed running-in period the transmission will provide
optimum gear shifting smoothness for all conditions irrespective of
terrain or driver input. The transmission will adapt to perform
within its optimum window of operation to always provide maximum
smoothness when changing gear, irrespective of the mode selected.
The new Durashift 5-tronic is very efficient, too. With a combined
fuel economy being homologated at 10.3 l/100 km (average CO2 output
244 g/km), the fuel consumption is just 0.4 l/100 km higher than
with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. Combined with the new
Duratec 2.5-litre Turbo, the new Durashift 5-tronic for Kuga will
hit European dealerships in early 2009.
Style for the Individual
Following in the
footsteps of the Ford Mondeo, S-MAX, Galaxy and New Fiesta, the Ford
Kuga will be available with an exciting and very luxurious Ford
Individual interior treatment.
Ford's Vehicle Personalisation Design Team has developed a luxurious
interior option for the top-of-the-range Kuga Titanium that was
inspired by the iosis X Concept first shown at the 2006 Paris Motor
Show and the Kuga preview vehicle that was displayed at the 2007
Frankfurt Motor Show.
Laura Blossfeld-Smith, Interior Designer, Vehicle Personalisation,
Ford of Europe, explains, "With Ford Individual we are looking for
additional quality options for customers who wish to enhance their
vehicles further. Customers for stylish vehicles like the Kuga often
express a wish to make their car more individual than the norm. The
Paris show car interior is a preview of what will be available to
Kuga customers early next year."
Taking full advantage of the 'kinetic' shapes of the Kuga's
interior, the Ford Individual Design team has developed a completely
new colour scheme, and combined it with premium quality materials,
with contrasting colours and textures.
For the seats, two ultra-high quality leathers have been chosen.
Very smooth, Ebony coloured Nappa leather is used on the seat
bolsters and seatbacks, with specially padded areas of the seat
cushions and backrests. The characteristic 'Individual' logo is
embossed on the upper area of the seatback. The majority of the seat
is finished in a matching colour, using a more heavily grained
'Bond' leather which provides a contrasting surface appearance as
well as a high amount of grip.
Both leathers are
further distinguished from each other by the use of a contrasting
light grey piping, also highlighting the expressive and 'kinetic'
shapes of the seat graphic.
To match the seat design
and the Ice White exterior colour of the Paris preview vehicle, all
prominent interior trim parts such as the centre console cladding,
centre stack surfaces and the boomerang-shaped interior door-pull
handles are finished in a
high-gloss 'Piano White' finish.
Personalisation Design team is also developing a distinctive bodykit
for the new Kuga, and this is showcased on the Paris Show vehicle.
"With the Kuga establishing itself rapidly as the stylish new member
of the Ford kinetic design family, we were looking for a dramatic
and distinctive body kit which we could offer to our Kuga customers
interested in further enhancing the already very sporty appearance
of the standard car," said John McLeod, Chief Designer, Vehicle
Personalisation, Ford of Europe. "The result is very striking - I
think we can claim we have succeeded in attaining our goal as well
as making a clear link to the styling of the dramatic iosis X
Concept and Kuga preview show cars."
This reference is evident at first glance, thanks to the front
grilles which incorporate a distinctive vertical bar design and
strong, chromed intakes. The lower grille is framed by broad chrome
'scoops' inspired by the iosis X Concept which instantly distinguish
the Kuga with Ford Individual styling features from the standard
The extremely dynamic and powerful stance is further enhanced by
body coloured wheel arch extensions, lower rocker claddings, and new
bumpers which have been extended some 50 millimetres lower than the
original design. All of these items have been finished in body
colour, to make the Kuga fitted with Ford Individual styling
features stand out.
Matching front and rear skid plates have also been lowered by
50 millimetres, with fully encapsulated tail pipes at the rear.
These and the door claddings are painted in a contrasting silver
colour for added effect.
Two other features that contribute to the overtly sporty appearance
of the Kuga with its Ford Individual styling elements are the new
rear spoiler and alloy wheel designs.
The rear spoiler has been lengthened by around 100 millimetres, and
impressive 20-inch wheels have been developed and are fitted with
255/35 ZR 20 tyres. The wheels are painted in bright 'Molten'
silver, with a machined finish to the top surfaces of the spokes.
All of these body kit features are due to be made available to Kuga
customers as production items in the first half of 2009.
Since the Kuga launch
began in Europe during May 2008, the reaction to the vehicle from
customers and the media has confirmed its success.
Ingvar Sviggum, Vice President for Marketing, Sales and Service,
Ford of Europe, commented: "From the very beginning of the design
and development process, we couldn't wait to get the Kuga into our
dealerships. We knew that it would seriously impact the market and
its segment but it is always a pleasant surprise to find your own
high expectation fully met!"
Although the introduction of the Kuga in all European markets is
continuing, the car is doing very well, with around 30,000 units
being produced by the end of September.
Sviggum said, "It's not just the sheer volume that is very
encouraging: We are very happy to see that around 70 per cent of our
customers have opted for the Titanium high series, and the premium
options are also in great demand - for example, 40 per cent choosing
the panoramic roof. In addition, we know that many Kuga customers
are new to Ford, so that is particularly pleasing."