Ford will unveil the third-generation Kuga SUV on April 2, 2019, forward of its launch later this yr. The Kuga, which is offered in European markets, is badged because the Ford Escape in North America and sits above the EcoSport within the model’s international line-up.
Teased in a video on Ford's Fb web page forward of the official unveiling, the brand new Kuga will undertake styling influenced by the just lately launched Focus.Spy pictures seen earlier revealed the brand new Kuga may have a curvier form and wider stance. Inside, we will anticipate the acquainted dashtop-mounted touchscreen infotainment system seen on the model's newest fashions. Different similarities will embody gear record, extra driver help expertise and elevated passenger house.
The massive information, nonetheless, is that Ford will supply the brand new Kuga with two seating configurations. Other than the five-seat variant, there may also be a seven-seat model that’s anticipated to affix the line-up later and is more likely to be known as the ‘Grand Kuga’.
Engine choices for the Kuga are more likely to embody Ford's entry-level 1.Zero-litre Ecoboost, a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre and a pair of.Zero-litre diesel unit. The model additionally plans to introduce electrification in some kind throughout all fashions with multiple hybrid variant anticipated. A plug-in hybrid is all however formally confirmed, whereas a traditional petrol-electric system is more likely to be provided in sure markets.
Together with the Kuga, Ford is predicted to unveil one other all-new SUV, more likely to be known as Ford Puma which might be positioned beneath the Ecosport and the Kuga.
Ford offered 1,51,000 Kugas in 2017 throughout Europe and barely fewer in 2018 –that's greater than double the quantity shifted in 2013 when the second-generation mannequin was launched.
In India, Ford has began co-developing an all-new SUV with Mahindra. The mannequin will share its underpinnings with the next-gen XUV500 and might be constructed on the identical line at Mahindra’s Chakan plant.