Ford has announced prices and specifications for the next-generation Ford Kuga have been revealed, confirming lower CO2 emissions and high levels of technology for the new crossover.
The two-wheel drive version of the car will now have CO2 emissions from 139g/km - a reduction of 15g/km compared with the outgoing model.
A 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine is also available with 140bhp in FWD and AWD versions offering from 53.3mpg and 139g/km CO2; and a 163bhp version that achieves from 47.9mpg and 154g/km CO2.
Ford’s low-emission Econetic Technology available across the line-up features Eco Mode, Gear Shift Indicator and Active Grille Shutter that reduces drag and cuts fuel consumption.
The 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engine 150bhp front-wheel drive (FWD) achieves from 42.8mpg and 154g/km.
The new Kuga offers more space for luggage than the current car and a luggage compartment that can be accessed more easily. Ford’s hands-free tailgate can be opened or closed simply by a kicking motion beneath the rear bumper; and it also offers 46-litres more space than the current model, while the rear seats fold flat in one movement.
Road and wind noise has also been significantly reduced compared with current Kuga, according to Ford.
The Kuga has been awarded a maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP after achieving an overall protection score of 88%, the highest-ever for a mid-sized SUV.
Euro NCAP also awarded a commendation for Ford Sync with emergency assistance.
On detecting airbag deployment or activation of the emergency fuel shut-off within the car, emergency assistance uses the on-board GPS locator and Bluetooth-paired device to set up an emergency call and provide GPS co-ordinates, in the local language where the car is being driven.
Further driver assistance technologies available include active park assist, blind spot information system, active city stop, lane keeping aid, lane departure warning, auto high beam, driver alert and traffic sign recognition.
Prices start at £20,895 for front-wheel drive petrol models, with the 2.0 TDCi range starting at £21,895.