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5th December, 2011

Ford Australia today announced it will add the Kuga compact SUV to its local model line-up from March next year.

The European-manufactured five-door SUV wears Ford's signature "kinetic" design and is expected to be a popular addition to Ford's Australian vehicle catalogue, mixing SUV practicality with sharp driving dynamics that have been designed for adventure both on and off the road.

"The Ford Kuga will be an exciting addition to our Australian model range," Bob Graziano, President and CEO of Ford Australia, said, "The Ford Kuga is certain to appeal to customers looking for a stylish, practical and fun compact SUV."

Today's announcement is the latest in a number of product developments for Ford Australia. Over the past 12 months, the company has transformed its local model range with a line-up of new and updated models as part of its ongoing plan to offer customers a choice of vehicles that deliver quality, safety, intelligent technologies and sustainable driving.

Australian model range

Customers will be able to choose from two versions of the Ford Kuga: Trend and Titanium. The Ford Kuga Trend will come comprehensively equipped with a generous array of comfort, convenience and safety features. Adding even more will be the Ford Kuga Titanium. These standard features are summarised below.

Ford Kuga Trend

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear tailgate with 'flip' glass
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Voice control
  • Sony CD 8-speaker sound system with USB port
  • Keyless start/stop button
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power adjustable heated side mirrors with 'puddle' lamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • Silver roof rails
  • Follow-me-home lighting
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Ford Kuga Titanium

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Fixed panorama glass roof
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Leather-trimmed seats (front seats with variable heating controls)
  • Leather-trimmed gear shifter
  • 6-way power driver's seat
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Auto headlamps
  • Velour floor mats
  • Stainless steel front scuff plates

Engine and transmission

Both the Ford Kuga Trend and Titanium will be powered by Ford's Duratec five-cylinder turbo petrol engine. Drivers will enjoy spirited performance from this efficient power unit, which produces a maximum power level of 147 kW and peak torque of 320 Nm from as low as 1,600 rpm.

Both versions in the Ford Kuga range will be fitted with a five-speed automatic transmission matched to an all-wheel drive system, giving drivers sure-footed handling and practical off-road ability.

On the road, the Ford Kuga will return 10.3 litres per 100 km travelled (combined cycle; according to ADR81/02).

Chassis and suspension

Customers will experience a dynamic driving experience and all-road performance thanks to the combination of a MacPherson strut front suspension and Ford's Control Blade multi-link suspension system at the rear. Electric power-assisted steering has been designed to give drivers easy manoeuvrability and control at speed.

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Occupant safety is demonstrated by the Ford Kuga's 5-star safety rating by both ANCAP and EuroNCAP. Standard-fitment safety features are extensive and include:

  • Intelligent Protection System
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Driver and front passenger side thorax and pelvis airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • ABS anti-lock brakes
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with roll-over mitigation
  • Traction control
  • EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) system
  • Driver and front passenger beltminder

The Ford Kuga will go on sale in Australia in March 2012. Australian Manufacturer's List Prices (MLP) will be announced closer to the date of release.


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