Ford reinvents top selling Kuga SUV

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Ford’s new Kuga range, built in Europe and designed for European drivers, claims to offer up to 69 km of pure electric driving for Kuga Plug-In Hybrid customers who can take advantage of home or public charging.

This new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid claims to have significantly improved acceleration, with the reduced emissions. Offering up to 2,100kg of towing ability, this pulling power beats all rivals, according to Ford, which means the new Kuga is able to take everything from a large caravan to a horsebox in its stride.

This new Kuga has evolved both inside and out, with a fresh design. The Titanium and ST-Line models have unique design features. A full-width LED light bar is available as part of the optional Technology Pack and frames the new front grille design.

On the inside the new Kuga features Ford’s latest-generation SYNC 4 5 infotainment which claims to offer twice the computing power of the previous system. Integrating seamlessly with smartphones, it claims 5G connectivity for fast access to information, cloud-connected navigation, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 6. Alexa Built-in 7 is also standard, so drivers and passengers can ask questions or make commands even without a smartphone connected.

SYNC 4 also supports drivers in making the most of new Kuga’s towing ability, with the Trailer Connection Checklist. Trailer Tow Navigation enables drivers to enter the dimensions of their car and trailer so that SYNC 4 can select a route to help avoid tight turns, low bridges, and other obstacles.

It has a new generation Adaptive Cruise Control 8 that can now apply the brakes automatically for curves and junctions as well as other traffic. There is a 360-degree camera system to offer an aerial view so that parking or preparing to hitch up a trailer.

Sliding second row seats can boost legroom to over 1 metre for rear occupants or create up to 140 litres of extra boot space. Advanced lighting technology with full LED headlights including Automatic High Beam Control 10 as standard. Optional Dynamic Pixel LED headlights 10 use navigation data and a windscreen-mounted camera to read road signs, altering the light pattern at curves, junctions and roundabouts to better illuminate pedestrians and cyclists, are all included.

New Kuga is built in Europe at Ford’s Valencia plant in Spain, where Ford claims that 3D printing of parts delivers highly accurate and sustainable manufacturing. Ford claims to use artificial intelligence systems to ensure the highest standards of quality and production.

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