2018 Ford Kuga Changes, Specs
The new 2018 Ford Kuga is one of the most anticipated releases of 2018. Loaded with a number of new features and modifications and a relatively modest price, the new model will look to boost its market share. When it comes to the sports compact utility vehicles, the Ford Kuga has always been a favorable choice for consumers. Launched in 2008, this SUV was based on a similar platform as Focus and C-Max. The 2008 generation sold more than 300,000 units within the first couple of years of its launch. The 2nd generation 2018 Ford Kuga looks quite impressive and promising.
2018 Ford Kuga – Design Update
The 2nd generation Ford Kuga looks more appealing than its previous makes. Trend, Titanium, and Ambiance are the varieties of trim levels available. The car looks wider and larger. The front and rear bumper are larger than the first generation models. The alloy wheels come in 19 and 17-inch variants. However, the plastic feel associated with the Kuga family still persists.
The insides are more capacious with increased head room and leg room for the passengers. Another addition is a touch screen with the infotainment system. Other technological gadgets also include satellite radio, a Bluetooth connection, warning system for lane departure, rearview camera, USB ports, etc. The airbags have not been upgraded and the safety systems are standard as before. All seats have comfortable armrests. There are also two seat rows and added space for cargo.
2018 Ford Kuga – Power Changes
Two different choices are available:
- Base variant will have a turbocharged 1.5 liters 4 cylinder (V4) EcoBoost engine rated at 120 HP.
- The premium variant has a more powerful engine 2.0 capable of delivering 180 HP and 200 lb-ft torque. This vehicle is said to have a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The top speed is a modest 116 mph and it takes 10 seconds to rise from 0-60 miles mph. However, the fuel economy is this automobile’s forte. Its base variant boasts also an impressive economy of 35 mpg and the premium variant offers 37 mpg. This is by far the best in class fuel economy in any compact SUV. The 6-speed automatic transmission promises a comfortable drive. The EPA and the interiors are biggest selling points.
2018 Ford Kuga – Price, Expected Release Date and Final Verdict
The base model of 2018 Ford Kuga will be priced around the $25,000 mark. Furthermore, the titanium trim version may cost up to $35,000. Though the official release date is not decided yet, it is likely to be towards the end of 2017 or early 2018. The main Competitors will be Lexus NX 200t, BMW X5, Dodge Journey and Audi Q5.
Finally, with comfortable interiors, great EPA and a variety of modern gadgets make the 2018 Ford Kuga a great buy for its buyers across the world. It is safe to say that at $25,000, this new Ford Kuga is worth every penny spent.