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Ford facelifts Kuga SUV with new grille and connectivity


Ford has updated its Kuga mid-size SUV with a new grille, boot and connectivity systems.

Revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the update also brings a new 120ps 1.5-litre diesel engine.

Technology includes Ford’s Perpendicular Parking technology that helps drivers park hands‑free in spaces alongside other cars; an enhanced version of the Active City Stop collision avoidance system; and Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System for optimised visibility in low light. Options available include Hands-Free Tailgate and Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive.

It adds the Sync 3 connectivity system, which builds on that launched in the Mondeo last year, featuring  a redesigned 8‑inch touch screen and faster performance.

Simply by pushing a button and saying “I need a coffee,” “I need petrol,” and “I need to park,” drivers can find nearby cafés, petrol stations or car parks, as well as locate train stations, airports, and hotels. The system then guides the driver to the selected destination via the navigation. The new interface features larger, easier to operate buttons and enables pinch and swipe gestures for the first time.

For the first time in a Ford, the system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Software can be updated over-the-air via Wi-Fi.

A raft of interior updates include more intuitive steering wheel and air-conditioning controls, and feature fewer and more easily distinguishable buttons and switches, making the controls easier to recognise and navigate. 

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