The facelifted Ford Kuga SUV has been revealed, with a new diesel engine option and the latest version of its Sync infotainment service.
The updated Kuga has a more heavily sculpted bonnet which is claimed to increase pedestrian protection in the event of an accident.
Exterior styling cues have been taken from the updated EcoSport compact SUV, with new self-adjusting bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and new fog lamps, while the rear gets restyled tail-lights and a power-operated tow bar that stores itself out of sight when not in use. The tailgate can also be opened with a kicking motion below the rear bumper.
New ranges of 17- 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels are also available, while inside there are fewer buttons, a new electronic parking brake and an improved design.
For 2016 the Kuga gets a new 120bhp 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine with front-wheel drive, which is capable of returning 64.2mpg while emitting 115g/km of CO2. A 2.0-litre TDCi diesel unit is also available with 150bhp, in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; it returns 60.1mpg and emits 122g/km CO2. A 180bhp Intelligent All Wheel Drive version, delivering 54.3mpg and emitting 135g/km CO2, is also available.
The 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol unit also remains in 120bhp or 150bhp guises. An all-wheel-drive 182bhp variant of the petrol engine returns 38.2mpg and 171g/km of CO2.
The new Sync 3 system comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. It allows drivers to control functions using conversational voice commands. By saying ‘I need a coffee’ or ‘I need petrol,’ for example, the system will locate nearby stops.
All-wheel-drive models offer Ford’s semi-autonomous perpendicular parking technology that helps drivers to park hands‑free in spaces alongside other cars. Cross traffic alert aids drivers reversing out of a parking space, while park-out assist helps drivers as they exit parallel parking spaces. A new enhanced version of Ford’s active city stop is also onboard, now operating at speeds up to 31mph – an increase of 12mph.
The facelifted Kuga will go on sale in the UK in October.