The Ford Kuga is classified as a compact utility vehicle and has been manufactured by Ford since 2007. This vehicle is built on the C1 platform which was also used for the Ford Focus as well as the Ford C-MAX. Both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available with this vehicle. The Kuga first went on sale in 2008 and was constructed at Ford’s plant in Saarlouis, Germany. Because the automaker wanted to emphasize the premium end up aspects of the Kuga, only the Zetec and Titanium specifications were offered in the UK. The combined fuel economy of the first generation Kuga is 44.1 mpg.
The engines that were available for the first generation Kuga include the 2.5 liter Duratec turbo I5 which has been rated for 200 PS or 197 horsepower, the 2.0 liter Duratorq which has been rated for 136 PS or 134 horsepower, and the 2.0 liter Duratorq which has been rated for 163 PS or 161 horsepower and is available with 4×4 and powershift models. In July of 2007, Ford executives began contemplating the idea of offering the Kuga in America but needed to determine whether or not it would be financially viable.
In 2010 the Ford Kuga became available in Japan as well as New Zealand and South Africa. A facelift for the Ford Kuga was carried out in 2010 as well, changing some of the interior and exterior components to give it a more modern look. The second generation of the Kuga came with some new engine options as well, including the 1.6 liter EcoBoost turbo I4 with 150 PS and 148 horsepower, the 1.6 liter EcoBoost turbo I4 with 182 PS and 180 horsepower, and the 2.0 liter EcoBoost turbing I4 with 242 PS and 239 horsepower. As for the diesel engines that are available for this generation, there is the 2.0 liter Duratorq with 140 PS and 138 horsepower and the 2.0 liter Duratorq with 163 PS and 138 horsepower.
The third generation of the Kuga, rebadged as the Ford Escape, was unveiled to the public in 2011 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The overall design of this vehicle was based on the Global C platform which overlaps with the latest generation of the Ford Focus. The Escape is the rebadged version of the Kuga in Europe and was received very well by consumers. Two EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engines are offered with these new vehicles.
The basic engine in the third generation Escape is a 2.5 liter naturally-aspirated L4. This new vehicle is the very first Ford vehicle to have a brand new 1.6 liter unit in it. During the redesigning and revamping process of this vehicle, both the Hybrid model with the 2.5 liter Atkinson powertrain as well as the 3.0 liter V6 engine were discontinued. Ford has claimed that the overall fuel economy of the new 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine will be able to match the Ford Escape Hybrid, and the new 2.0 liter engine is capable of producing more horsepower than the current V6.
The 2013 model of this vehicle comes with a variety of modern features, including an optional hands-free lift gate, MyFord Touch System with all kinds of additional features, keyless entry, and much more. All of the fabrics that are used for the interior of this vehicle are completely eco-friendly and come standard with all of the lower trim levels. The carpeting that is used in this vehicle is made from recycled plastic water bottles, making it an extremely eco-friendly vehicle which has won numerous awards along with the approval of the general public.