The Ford Kuga is a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by Ford since 2008. It is based on the C1 platform, that also forms the underpinnings of the Ford Focus and Ford C-Max. Both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive are offered.
First generation (2008–2012)
The Kuga went on sale in the first half of 2008, and was built at Ford's plant in Saarlouis, Germany. In the United Kingdom, emphasising the car's premium market aspirations, only high end Zetec and Titanium specifications are offered. The combined fuel consumption is 44.1 mpg‑imp (6.41 L/100 km; 36.7 mpg‑US) and the CO2 emissions are 169 g/km.
The first generation Kuga was presented in September 2007, having its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Second generation (2012–2019)
The second generation Kuga was primarily developed by Ford of Europe, developed under the "One Ford" policy which stipulates that Ford designs only one model in each segment to be sold globally. The rebadged name Ford Escape is used in North America, replacing the model of the same name there.
The Kuga follows on from the Vertrek concept, developed over nine months at Ford’s Cologne design studio.For the production model, designers and engineers in Cologne were responsible for the body design and C1 platform, the upper body and interior come from Detroit, and powertrains are manufactured by Ford Dagenham.
The patents from January 2011 list the designers as Patrick Verhee, Stefan Lamm, Kemal Curic, Andrea Di Buduo from Ford in Germany.Final assembly for European models is conducted at the Ford Valencia Plant in Spain. Ford claims the Kuga and Escape have 80 percent parts commonality.
Third generation (2019–present)
The third generation Ford Kuga made its debut on April 2, 2019; it is scheduled to go sale in the third quarter of 2019 as a model for 2020 for markets in North America (as the fourth generation Escape for the region).The newly designed Kuga has taken on a sleeker look and appears more aerodynamic, shedding up to two hundred pounds due to lighter, high strength steel.
It also has sliding second row seats for more legroom. There will be five new engine transmission combinations, including a plug in gas electric hybrid that can go thirty miles on electricity, as well as a conventional hybrid and two turbocharged four cylinder engines mated to eight speed automatic transmissions.