Ford Motor Company recently launched the all-new and advanced Kuga, boasting a stronger athletic appeal. Equipped with better technology and systems, the Kuga promises a better and safer driving experience at a reasonable cost. The new features include driver assistance technologies, Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system, 120PS 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine, and an ergonomic interior.
Moreover, the new Kuga comes with Ford's Perpendicular Parking technology, which allows hands-free parking in spaces alongside other vehicles, Ford's Adaptive Front Lighting System, which provides improved visibility in low light, Hands-Free Tailgate system, Ford's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, and an enhanced Active City Stop collision avoidance technology. The new Ford Kuga is set to have its global premiere at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The launch of the vehicle, together with the Ford Edge SUV, comes after unveiling a new EcoSport last year. Ford is boosting its lineup of SUV offerings as IHS, an industry sales analyst group, made a forecast that the SUV segment's sales will surge 27 percent in the Eurozone by the end of the decade. The Kuga and Edge are just two of Ford's five all-new vehicles that will be launched in the next three years under the SUV and crossover segments.
Kuga, which rolled out in the markets beginning 2008, led Ford's SUV expansion in the United Kingdom (UK). In 2015, full-year sales of the vehicle were up by 35.20 percent from the previous year, with a total of 32,936 units sold. Sales of the EcoSport also jumped last year with a total of 11,315 units sold, ranking fourth among other small SUVs. In the UK, Ford predicts sales in the SUV segment to triple this year from 2013.
Ford SYNC 3 Technology
The Ford SYNC 3 allows drivers to control audio, climate, and navigation functions. The new infotainment system also comes with smartphone connectivity, allowing voice command features. To ensure that the new technology is highly user-friendly and up to date, Ford has sought help, relying on over 22,000 insights and feedback from surveys and research clinics. SYNC 3 promises reliable and simplified performance and even supports five more languages aside from English.
Voice command features allow you to locate the nearest parking spaces, hotels, gasoline stations, coffee shops, and many more. The eight-inch touchscreen of the SYNC 3 works like a smartphone. The new interface comes with larger buttons and all-new pinch and swipe gestures.
Furthermore, the Ford SYNC 3 is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving drivers ultimate access to the features of their smartphones to enhance the overall driving experience. The software can also be updated seamlessly over-the-air with the improved WiFi connectivity. The SYNC 3 also provides SYNC AppLink to enable voice-activation with a number of mobile apps including HearMeOut, MyBoxMan, AccuWeather, Los 40 Principales, and Cadena Ser.
Ford Europe's Electronic and Electrical Systems Engineering Chief Engineer Christof Kellerwessel said that the SYNC 3 was made to improve day-to-day living with strong connectivity while people are on the go. The Ford SYNC 3 was specifically designed to complement smartphones, making the whole experience more convenient and comfortable. Parking Assist Features Parking is made easier with the Kuga's new and innovative parking assist technologies.
The Perpendicular Parking technology improves the semi-autonomous Active Park Assist, as suggested by nearly half of Kuga buyers last year. The technology is equipped with a number of new ultrasonic sensors, allowing drivers to find parking spaces beside other vehicles and even those parallel to the road. The Perpendicular Parking system then steers the vehicle into the parking space automatically while the driver is in charge of the accelerator and the brake.
Additional sensors include Cross Traffic Alert and Park-Out Assist. The former gives drivers warning about a car that may cross behind when reversing out of a parking space. It provides three warning signals if it detects an approaching car from either side. Its radar operates up to a range of 40 m or 131 ft. The Park-Out Assist, on the other hand, makes exiting a parallel parking space easier. Once the driver has decided which side to exit, the Park-Out Assist system steers the vehicle automatically while the driver works on the accelerator and the brake.
The Ford Kuga is also designed with Ford's Active City Stop collision avoidance system, which can operate at a top speed of 31 mph, well above the previous 19 mph. The system is built with sensors located at the front to detect obstacles ahead, pre-charging the brakes if the car is approaching a stationary object too quickly.
If the driver does not respond to the alert, the Active City Stop functionality minimizes the torque and automatically operates the brake system, reducing or avoiding collision impacts.
Meanwhile, the new generation of the Ford MyKey, which is specifically designed for younger users, allows drivers to program a specific key that inhibits incoming phone calls, prevents the deactivation of driver assistance and safety functionalities, limits top speed, minimizes the maximum volume of the audio, and disables the entire audio system if the passengers are not using seatbelts. The new MyKey technology comes with a variety of options in both speed limiter and speed minder settings.