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All-New 2013 Ford Kuga Confirmed For SA Introduction

All-New 2013 Ford Kuga Confirmed For SA Introduction

Ford South Africa has confirmed that the all-new Ford Kuga will be introduced locally. The all-new Kuga will feature two new engine options a 1.6L EcoBoost petrol engine with 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and a 2.0L TDCi turbo diesel engine with PowerShift automatic transmission.

According to Ford, these new engines should offer some versatility to the range and at the same time continue to provide customers with engines that offer high power and high torque while consuming less fuel.

Other than the additional engine options, the all-new Ford Kuga also has a sleeker design which according to Ford also optimises or rather aids fuel efficiency. The new model is almost 10% more aerodynamic than the outgoing model, while the Kuga’s Active Grille Shutter system further enhances fuel economy by reducing wind resistance.

The Active Grille Shutter systems on the Ford Kuga works by keeping the grill slat open when extra engine cooling air is required, such as low-speed stop-and-go driving. When cruising on the highway at steady speeds, the grille slats automatically close to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

A number of advanced safety features will also be available as options on the Ford Kuga, such as; Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Information System, Lane Keeping Aid, Active City Stop.

Other than that, among the customer-focus features being shown for the first time in South Africa on a Ford product is “open sesame” – a hands-free automatic tailgate, allowing customers to open or close the rear tailgate by simply sweeping a foot under the rear bumper.

Full details of the line-up, specifications and features have not yet been released but will be released closer to the vehicle’s launch in 2013.

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