Ford Kuga roadshow 4

Not long more to go before the Ford Kuga makes its Malaysian market debut, by the looks of it – a Ginger Ale-coloured example undergoing type approval evaluation has been spotted in the JPJ Putrajaya car park by reader ApexKit.

On top of that, two Frozen White units are currently on display at the Ford roadshow in 1Utama this weekend, which means you can get up close and personal with the vehicle. Order books opened earlier in the month, with estimated pricing being RM168,000, and word is that it’ll come with a five-year warranty and three-year free service package when launched.

Only one variant of the Spanish-assembled SUV will be arriving here, a 1.6 litre EcoBoost Titanium version. The 180 PS and 240 Nm turbocharged lump will be paired to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission featuring revised gear ratios and a new torque converter.

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Aside from the segment-first hands-free tailgate, in which simply sweeping a foot under the rear bumper allows the opening or closing of the rear tailgate automatically, the Kuga will come with seven airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESP) with ABS, Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist and rear parking sensors.

The Titanium specification level for Malaysia includes fabric/leather combination seat material as well as 17-inch nine double-spoke alloys, wrapped with 235/55 profile tyres; in the case of the two display Kugas, Hankook DynaPro HP RA23s. Available colours in addition to the above-mentioned shades are Moondust Silver and Panther Black.