Australian prices for the 2015 Ford Kuga have been announced just ahead of its local launch, with some price drops across the range despite getting updated and some uprated engines.
Perhaps the biggest update to the Kuga is the introduction of a 1.5-litre EcoBoost replacing the 1.6, and the powerful 2.0-litre EcoBoost replacing the outgoing high-output 1.6. The 1.5 produces 110kW and 240Nm (the same as the current l0w-outout 1.6), while the 2.0-litre produces 178kW and 345Nm (up from 134kW and 240Nm from the high-output 1.6).
Fuel economy averages have changed, with the new lowest figure coming from the 1.5 which offers an average of 6.3L/100km (bettering 6.7L/100km). There is also a new 134kW version of the 1.5 which offers a consumption of 7.2L/100km.
Diesel models have been revised for better economy as well, with the 2.0-litre TDCi turbo-diesel now producing 132kW and 400Nm (up from 120kW/340Nm). It uses an average of 5.5L/100km in Trend trim and 5.6L/100km in the Titanium trim (down from 6.3L/100km and 6.4L/100km).
Aside from the complex powertrain updates, the new model will come with a reverse parking camera as standard from quarter three next year, while Ford’s SYNC system is standard as is Emergency Assistance. DAB digital radio is standard for the Trend and Titanium, and a hands-free tailgate is standard on the Titanium and optional on the Trend.
For the first time, Ford is offering the entry-level front-wheel drive models with an automatic transmission. The front-wheel drive has up until now only been available with a six-speed manual. The new model will officially go on sale early next year. See below for prices (excluding on-road costs), and click through the images for a snapshot of model grades and specifications.