The Ford Kuga could be the American automaker’s new C-SUV for the Indian market. And to make the prices competitive, it will use Mahindra’s XUV500 platform shared under the current partnership between the two companies.
By the end of this year, Ford India might launch an all-new compact SUV in our country. This new C-SUV will take up its place in-between the EcoSport and the Endeavour in Ford’s model line-up in India. At the moment, there are no concrete details about this vehicle. However, recent developments suggest that this new C-SUV could be the Ford Kuga based on the Mahindra XUV500 platform. Yes, you heard it right. Ford and Mahindra are currently working under a joint venture in which the two companies share their technology and outreach in their respective home-countries and hence, help each other. The current spec Ford Kuga made its global debut in 2016. Ford even brought one unit to India for homologation purposes. Read along to know more about this vehicle.
Ford Kuga India Launch Date
|Expected Launch Date||Early 2018|
Ford India has been pretty tight-lipped about the Kuga’s India launch prospects. However, it’s almost for sure that the premium crossover has been undergoing road tests in India. If various rumours are to be believed, the Kuga could be launched in early 2018. Safely expect us to keep you updated on the Ford Kuga India launch details.
Ford Kuga India Price
|Minimum||Rs 13 Lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 17 Lakh|
In India, the Kuga will find itself slotted between the EcoSport and the Endeavour. The Kuga will rival the likes of top-end Hyundai Creta at one end and base Tucson at the other. Ford is likely to promote the Kuga as a premium crossover rather than a rugged SUV.
Ford Kuga India Specifications
|Engine||1.5 L EcoBoost Turbo Petrol||2.0 L TDCI Turbo Diesel|
|Max. Power||181 BHP||147 BHP|
|Peak Torque||250 Nm||370 Nm|
|Transmission||6-Speed Manual, 6-Speed Auto||6-Speed Manual, 6-Speed Auto|
Powering the Kuga in India could be two engine options- a 1.5 L Turbocharged Petrol and a 2.0 L Turbocharged Diesel. Both these engines will come mated to a 6-speed Manual and 6-Speed Automatic Transmissions. The Petrol engine has a max. power-torque of 181 BHP-250 Nm. The Diesel engine outputs 147 BHP-370 Nm. Chances are India will get both FWD and AWD variants.
Ford Kuga India – Mileage
Expect the Diesel Kuga to have a fuel average of up to 18 KMPL.
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Ford Kuga India – Features
Akin to most Ford cars on sale in India, the Kuga will be high on features. Expect its features list to include-
- Dual-zone Aircon
- Alloy Wheels
- Push Start/Stop
- Panoramic Sunroof
- SYNC-3 Infotainment
- Multi-function Steering Wheel
- Electric Tailgate
- Cruise Control
- Rear Aircon
- Rear Park Assist with Camera
- 7 Airbags
Ford Kuga India – Exterior Design
In terms of exterior dimensions, the Kuga is bigger than the Ford EcoSport but smaller than the Endeavour. It features Ford’s signature grille design flanked by sleek headlamps on either side. The headlamp unit features a projector setup along with LED daytime running lights. Towards the lower end of the bumper, there is a wide air dam with the fog lamp housings on either side of it. They also house the turn indicators. The window line rises ever so slightly and is complemented well by a strong shoulder line. At the back, there are split wrap-around tail lamps and twin tailpipes. Overall, the Ford Kuga has the appearance of a grown-up Ford EcoSport.
Ford Kuga India – Interior Design
Like most Fords, the insides of the Kuga aka Escape are sporty as well. The steering wheel design is similar to what we have just seen on the new EcoSport. In fact, the EcoSport has borrowed it from the Kuga and not the other way around. There are hooded instrument dials with the fuel gauge and a colour MID placed in the middle. The centre console features vertical AC vents flanking the touchscreen AVN. It features split side passenger AC vents. The Ford Kuga offers to seat for 5 along with generous luggage space.
Stay tuned to Car Blog India for all the updates on the Ford Kuga India launch. Do you think Ford should bring the Kuga to India? Do let us know via the comments section below.
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