Ford will reveal the new-generation Kuga SUV for the European market on April 2, 2019.
American automaker, Ford will reveal the new-generation Kuga SUV for the European market on April 2, 2019. The company has revealed the first teaser image of the Kuga SUV on the social media page. The Kuga nameplate is basically the European version of the Escape SUV in the United States. The new teaser reveals that the new model will share design cues with the new Focus. The vehicle gets the headlights, which seems all-LED technology and the boot lid design is similar to the Focus.
The testing of the new Ford Kuga has already been started in the US. The company is also working on the plug-in hybrid version of the SUV. In fact, the vehicle was spotted featuring a kilowatt gauge on the instrument cluster. The teaser reveals that the Ford Kuga interior features a rotary selector for the automatic gearbox, which is similar to the one offered in the new Focus. This suggests that the Kuga will receive the new 8-speed torque convertor automatic.
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If media reports are to be believed, the next-gen Kuga will be available in 2 seating configurations – 5- and 7-seat. The 7-seater model will be launched in Europe and will replace the Edge SUV. It is expected to be called Ford Grand Kuga. Ford will also unveil a new crossover, which will sit between the EcoSport and Kuga in its European line-up. Likely to be called the Puma, this SUV is reportedly to be launched as a replacement for the EcoSport compact SUV. However, nothing official has been revealed by the automaker.
In India, Ford will launch an all-new SUV based on the next-gen XUV500‘s monocoque platform. This model will be manufactured at Mahindra’s Chakan plant. Moreover, Ford and Mahindra alliance is also exploring to develop an all-new SUV to challenge Hyundai Creta. The new model could use the SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the XUV300 compact SUV.