Ford New Zealand has just announced that it will be putting the Ford Kuga small SUV on sale in NZ. The European-built Ford Kuga, will be available in top-spec Titanium trim and is expected to arrive at Ford dealers from November to join the already launched Mondeo, Territory and Focus Titanium models. Pricing for the Kuga Titanium is $53,990.
“This is big news for us and we’re very excited,” said Chris Masterson, Marketing Manager, Ford New Zealand. “The Kuga has done very well in Europe since its introduction in 2008, often topping sales charts. Locally, the small SUV market has seen substantial growth in the last few years and now with a European-proven design we have a highly compelling offer for customers in this market. As an attractive, well-designed and fully-capable crossover vehicle, the Kuga Titanium will be hard to beat. Customers will be impressed, as will our competition.”
The Ford Kuga is based on Ford’s acclaimed C-car architecture which it shares with the Ford Focus. Standard specification includes a full-time AWD system and safety tech like an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) that combines Anti Rollover Mitigation (ARM) and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).
The Kuga Titanium will go on sale in NZ with the 2.5-litre turbo charged I5 petrol engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. This powerplant has seen use in the XR5 Focus and is good for a healthy 147kW of power and 320Nm of torque. Fuel economy figures are rated at 10.3 litres of fuel per 100 km, using the combined fuel consumption figures and emissions of 244 g/km of CO2.
Practical features on the Kuga include a ‘Liftgate’ tailgate that offers separate access via micro switches to either the upper tailgate section only or both sections simultaneously. There’s also Napoli leather and gloss trim in the cabin, seating for five, underseat storage and a 60/40 split rear seat which folds completely flat. Luggage capacity is rated at 360 litres expanding to 1355 litres with the rear seats folded.
Manufactured at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany the new Kuga will be built alongside the new Focus three-door, five-door and wagon variants and C-MAX.
Check back closer to November for more info on the Kuga Titanium as it launches in New Zealand.
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2130kg
Wheel Base: 2690mm
Kerb Weight: 1653kg
Gross Combined Weight: 3630kg
Emission Level: Euro Stage V
Fuel Economy (Urban): 14.6L /100km
Fuel Economy (Extra_Urban): 7.8L /100km
Fuel Economy (Combined): 10.3L /100km
Max Towed Mass (braked): 1500kg
Max Towed Mass (unbraked): 750kg
Transmission: 5 Speed Auto