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30 Sep 2013 | Text by Regan Ong, Photos by Low Fai Ming
Here Kuga Kuga
The new Kuga shows much improvement over its predecessor with its good looks and sound dynamics.
Ford entered the local compact SUV market when the first generation Kuga arrived here two years after its worldwide launch.
Besides being rather late, the car also lacked the broad appeal needed to capture a meaningful slice of the segment, against an impressive array of famous and popular nameplates such as the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Show as the Vertrek concept, the new Kuga moves up a class and this time round, the car is here within only a matter of months into its life.
Standing at 4,524mm by 2,086mm by 1,701mm (L x W x H), the new Kuga is 81mm longer and 244mm wider, but 9mm shorter than its predecessor.
While the previous model was essentially a two-box design, the new Kuga adds creases, curves and even some shoulders for a very impressive reimaging of Ford's compact SUV.
The front fascia features what could be described as Ford's trapezoidal front grille opening. Enhanced by a sporty front bumper, the Kuga creates a bolder impression in the rear view mirror of the car in front.
New expressive headlamp housings wrap over and onto the top, while sculptured bonnet lines help to give definition and break up a large and flat tract. These characteristics lend the car a feeling of moving forward, which is quite in line with Ford's slogan "Go Further".
Ford Kuga 1.6 Titanium (A) vs Kia Sportage 2.0 (A)
4-cylinder in-line DOHC Twin Variable Cam Timing Turbocharger
134kW (180 bhp) / 5700 rpm
240 Nm / 5000 rpm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)