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Ford Trademark Filing Hints At Plug-In Hybrid Versions Of The Explorer, Kuga, And Transit 10
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford Kuga, Ford Transit, Hybrids on 05 10th, 2017

The C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi haven't made much of an impression but Ford isn't giving up its on plug-in hybrids as trademark filings suggest a handful of new models are in the works.
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Ford Kugas With 1.6L Turbo Are Catching On Fire In South Africa 13
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Accidents, Ford, Ford Kuga, Ford Videos, Recalls, south-africa, video on 01 13th, 2017

Owners of Ford’s second-generation Kuga in South Africa are troubled after multiple reports of cars equipped with the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine are catching on fire.
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First Drive: Facelifted 2017 Ford Kuga Ticks All The Right Boxes, But Is It Enough? 28
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in First Drive, Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Kuga, Galleries, new cars, reviews on 11 28th, 2016

The time has come for the Ford Kuga (or Escape as it’s called on the other side of the pond) to get its mid-life facelift, with the update becoming a part of the company’s plan to strengthen its SUV line-up in Europe.
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Upmarket Ford Kuga & Edge Vignale SUVs Now Available For Order In Europe 24
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Kuga, new cars on 10 24th, 2016

The luxurious versions of Ford’s Kuga and Edge SUVs are hitting the market across Europe.
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Updated 2017 Ford Kuga SUV Goes On Sale In Europe [w/Video] 19
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Kuga, Ford Videos, new cars, video on 10 19th, 2016

Ford is celebrating the launch of their facelifted Kuga SUV in Europe, set to go after models like the latest VW Tiguan.
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Kuga ST-Line Joins Ford’s UK Range From £25,845 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Kuga, new cars, prices, UK on 08 2nd, 2016

With design details inspired by Ford Performance models, the Kuga ST-Line will go on sale in the United Kingdom later this year.
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Ford Kuga Gains Sporty ST-Line Version, On Sale This Fall 26
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Kuga, Ford Performance, new cars on 07 26th, 2016

The Ford Kuga is the latest member to join the ST-Line family, after the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo.
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Ford Reveals Upscale Kuga Vignale In Production Form 22
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Kuga, new cars, Vignale on 06 22nd, 2016

It was only a matter of time for Ford to show us the final luxed-up production version of its Kuga Vignale, after the company’s reveal of the concept car at the last Geneva Motor Show.
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Ford’s Kuga Vignale Concept Announces A Select SUV 3
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in concepts, Ford, Ford Concepts, Ford Kuga, Galleries, Geneva Motor Show, new cars, Vignale on 03 3rd, 2016

Since it won't be bringing the Lincoln brand to Europe any time soon, Ford decided to court buyers seeking added luxury and style with the Vignale trim that's slowly expanding to its entire line-up.
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Ford Luxes Up Edge, Kuga, Mondeo & S-MAX With Vignale Makeover 29
Posted by John Halas in Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Kuga, ford mondeo, Ford S-MAX, Galleries, Geneva Motor Show, new cars on 02 29th, 2016

Proving that its posh Vignale moniker is here to stay, Ford is presenting three production cars and a concept model at the Geneva Auto Show.
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Facelifted Ford Kuga Shows Up In Barcelona, Gains New 120PS 1.5L Diesel And SYNC3 24
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Kuga, Galleries, new cars on 02 24th, 2016

Ford revealed the updated Kuga SUV at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, carrying more tech and adding a new engine into the mix.
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Ford Gives Europe’s 2017 Kuga A Facelift And New 1.5L Turbo Diesel 20
Posted by John Halas in Ford, Ford Kuga, Geneva Motor Show, new cars on 02 20th, 2016

Meet the updated Ford Kuga, though, technically, you already knew what to expect, as the Blue Oval showed us the North American version of the SUV with the facelifted 2017 Escape in Los Angeles last year.
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Ford Set To Reveal A New Model At Barcelona, Could Be Kuga Facelift 9
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Kuga, Reports on 02 9th, 2016

Ford announced that they will reveal a new model at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with new in-car technology.
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Ford Kuga May Get Sporty ST And Posh Vignale Versions 28
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Kuga, Ford Performance, Reports, Vignale on 09 28th, 2015

Ford recently announced plans to expand its range of SUVs in Europe from three (EcoSport, Kuga and Edge) to five. But the automaker also wants to introduce more versions of the existing models.
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Ford’s Vertrek Concept Is The Future Of Compact SUVs 11
Posted by Otto in auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Kuga, News, SUV on 01 11th, 2011

Ford isn’t calling their Vertrek concept a replacement for the aging Escape just yet, but the writing is on the wall. Ford’s published comparison charts showing the Vertrek against both the Escape and the E.U. market Kuga; if I were a betting man, I’d be comfortable putting money down on the Vertrek as a global platform replacement for both existing compact SUVs. It’s based on their C-Segment architecture, and it’s no secret that Ford has ambitious plans for the platform in the coming years. It’s an ideal fit for both the 1.6 and 2.0 liter EcoBoost engines (on this side of the pond), and Ford has stated that the 2.0 liter Duratorq diesel will fit under the hood in the EU (where 96% of Kugas are sold with diesel motors). I’m pretty sure it’s a matter of “when” we see it in dealer showrooms, not “if” like most concept vehicles.

Image: Ford Motor Company

Dimensionally, the Vertrek is longer, lower and wider than the Escape, and that’s a good thing for both handling and appearance. Like the redesigned Explorer, the Vertrek will offer a more car-like ride, more passenger legroom and improved cargo capacity. Better ride quality is something that the Escape replacement definitely needs, since the current Escape isn’t up to standards set by others in the class (including Toyota’s RAV4 or Honda’s CR-V). Fit and finish of the current Escape isn’t up to standards set by other Ford products, either.

Image: Ford Motor Company

Expect to see some of the Vertrek’s exterior styling toned back for production, but I hope they keep more than just the feel of the concept car’s lines. Compact SUVs, even the latest generation, tend to suffer from utterly bland styling, designed not to offend the masses. Ford deserves credit for adding some flair to an otherwise uninspired market segment, but don’t expect production vehicles to come with the Vertrek’s woven leather floor mats or lederhosen inspired velour leather upholstery. If we’re lucky, it won’t come to market with that name, either.

Source: Ford Motor Company