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Ford Kuga gets new engines, PowerShift

By Andrew Ganz

Although it has barely been on sale for two years, Ford’s Kuga small SUV has been given revised powertrains and the automaker’s advanced PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission for the 2011 model year.

The Kuga, which is likely to be sold in North America in the future as a replacement for the aging Escape, will now offer a 161 and 138 horsepower variants of the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbodiesel Duratorq four-cylinder engine.

The lower output powertrain will be available with either front or all-wheel-drive, while the more powerful model will only be offered with its 161 horsepower going to all four wheels. With the less powerful engine and front wheel drive, the Kuga now emits a low 156 g/km of CO2. Both all wheel drive models emit 159 g/km.

Both engines are now mated to Ford’s PowerShift dual clutch automatic transmission – a version of which is offered in North America on the Fiesta. A six-speed manual remains standard with the diesel engines.

Ford will continue to offer the Kuga with a 2.5-liter, 198-horsepower four-cylinder gas engine.



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Ford Updates Kuga with New 2.0-liter Diesel Engines and Individual Trim

Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Following hot on the heels from the introduction of the refreshed for the 2011MY Mondeo, Ford's European arm is now broadening the appeal of its Kuga SUV with the presentation of two new diesel engines coupled with a new 'Individual' trim.

The automaker's compact SUV model gains a new 2.0-liter turbo diesel Duratorq TDCi engine that's available in two states of tune, a 140HP version that replaces the 136HP variant and a new 163-horsepower edition. All-wheel drive models can be specified with Ford's PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

According to Ford, the two-wheel-drive Kuga fitted with the140PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine achieves a CO2 output of 156g/km, while the 140PS and 163PS all-wheel-drive models with manual transmission deliver 159g/km, a six per cent reduction compared with the previous 136HP engine.

With the 163HP diesel, the Kuga accelerates from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in 9.6 seconds and goes on to reach a top speed of 195km/h (121mph) while returning a combined fuel economy of 47.1mpg UK, equal to 39.2mpg US and 6.0lt/100km.

Ford is also adding a new Individual trim level to the Kuga range, which includes a unique front grille, body colored sideskirts and wheel arches, 19-inch alloys, roof rails, privacy glass, ebony leather, scuff plates, gloss black trim, aluminum pedals and floor mats with 'individual' logo.



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