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Geneva Motor Show 2016: Ford gives Kuga midlife updates

Published 01 March 2016

Ford has unveiled the facelifted version of the Kuga at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. The revised crossover gets new styling, improved in-car connectivity and lower running costs, thanks to a new 1.5-litre diesel engine. The updated Kuga will reach the UK in December and be priced from £20,000.

The exterior styling is similar to the Ford Edge - which is due in showrooms later this year - with new bumpers, horizontal trapezoidal grille and LED daytime running lights. Ford has also added a new colour scheme - Copper Pulse - to the options list along with a power-operated retractable tow bar, which will automatically store itself out of sight below the rear bumper when not in use.

The new 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine will not replace any of the engines in the current Kuga line-up, but will lower running costs, with the new four-cylinder unit returning an official 64.2mpg and 115g/km CO2. The new diesel engine will be limited to front-wheel drive only and be offered alongside the current 2.0-litre diesels and 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines. 

The interior switchgear has been revised too, with larger buttons and dials to make it easier to use on the move. There's also a new Sync 3 infotainment system, with improved voice control that will let the driver find petrol stations or car parks by simply saying "I need petrol" or "I need to park". The Sync 3 system also gets a new eight-inch touchscreen that will allow the user to use pinch and swipe gestures to browse the menu systems and program the navigation.

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