kuga diesel

The Ford Kuga is now available in Europe with a range of upgrades that include the SUV’s most powerful diesel powertrain to date. Improvements to the Kuga’s diesel and petrol engines also deliver lower CO2 emissions. There’s new standard tech, too.

Ford’s 2.0 litre TDCi diesel engine, which powered 95% of the Kugas sold in the UK from Jan-Sept 2014, gets a 17 PS power boost to 180 PS. Torque is up from 340 Nm to 400 Nm. This gives the SUV more pulling power than ever, particularly when combined with Ford’s Intelligent AWD system that is ticked by most customers.

On the other end of the scale, the Blue Oval is introducing its new 1.5 litre EcoBoost petrol engine to Kuga, reducing CO2 emissions to 143 g/km from 154 g/km, an improvement of more than 7% over the 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine. Ford will also offer a 150 PS 2.0 TDCi that delivers 122 g/km, an improvement of 12%.

kuga engine range

On the tech front, auto start-stop and Active Grille Shutter are now standard on all European Kugas. Ford Sync with AppLink now enables drivers to voice-activate apps including music-streaming service Spotify, Audioteka, Glympse and Radioplayer. Tiger Eye Metallic, as seen in the lead pic, is available for the first time on any Ford vehicle.

The Ford Kuga – produced in Valencia, Spain for the world – has found over 200,000 European homes since launch. In Malaysia, the SUV was launched in June 2013 as a Titanium 1.6 litre EcoBoost.

Ford Kuga in Malaysia