A new Ford Kuga was unveiled earlier today. This is the fourth generation of the nameplate. The new model is based on Ford’s new global C2 architecture that is more rigid, has improved aerodynamics, and reduces weight versus outgoing models by up to 90 kg.

The all-new Kuga is 44 mm wider and 89 mm longer than the outgoing model. The wheelbase has increased by 20 mm, which translates to more interior space for passengers. The second row of seats can be moved backwards, for added legroom, or forwards to increase boot space.

Family looks

The all-new Kuga has an appearance that is reminiscent of the smaller Fiesta and Focus hatchback models. A smoother shape is far simpler and sleeker in execution than its predecessor. To our eyes it seems more grown up and sophisticated than the third generation.

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That sophistication continues inside where we see a digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment interface with Ford’s Sync3 system, not forgetting wireless charging pad technology.

Various engines

Ford has announced multiple engines that owners will be able to choose from. A turbocharged 1,5-litre engine will be offered, in two power outputs, a larger turbocharged 2,0-litre EcoBlue, as well as a hybrid option, will be available on the world stage. Ford SA representatives said that the company is yet to confirm the local line-up

Each engine will be coupled with new, eight-speed automatic transmissions. Buyers will be able to choose front or all-wheel-drive drivetrains for their Kuga. For the first time, Ford’s selectable Drive Mode technology lets drivers adjust throttle response, steering weight and traction control, plus gearshift timings for the various modes: Normal, Sport, Eco, Slippery, Snow/Sand.

Click here to see the video presentation of the new Ford Kuga.