Ford revealed that the luxury versions of its Edge and Kuga SUVs are expected to hit the different European markets. Under the Vignale lineup, Ford is more than determined to entice customers to shy away from choosing the standard premium brands. In order to achieve this goal, the brand will be offering both the Edge and the Kuga under exclusive specifications that make use of materials having high quality. Examples of these, to name a few, are the unique colors for the exterior, the use of the Windsor tuxedo-stitched leather for the interior, and the upscale detailing. Ford will even be offering a grille that comes in a hexagonal design and that are exclusive for the Vignale range.
In terms of power delivery, the Kuga Vignale will offer the EcoBoost 1.5-liter petrol engine with one version capable of delivering output of 150 PS (148 hp) and the second having output of 182 PS (179 hp). The latter engine though will be paired solely with the AWD and the automatic 6-speed transmission. Offered as well are the TDCi 2.0-liter diesel engine with one displaying an output of 150 PS (148 hp) and the other 180 PS (177 hp). Unlike the petrol engine, both diesel units are offered, as an option, the AWD and automatic 6-speed transmission. Meanwhile the Edge Vignale will have two powertrains, both powered by diesel. The first is the TDCi 2.0-liter engine with output of 177 hp and paired to the manual 6-speed transmission. Meanwhile the second unit is the TDCi 1.0-liter twin-turbo engine having an output of 207 hp and coupled with the brand’s very own automatic Powershift twin-clutch transmission.
In terms of size, the Edge is larger when compared to the Kuga and some features include alloy 19-inch wheels polished in aluminum, the front grille having a dark matter finish, and the fog lamps finished in chrome. Similar to the Kuga, customers can select for the Edge a wide range of distinct colors for the exterior with one of them being the Vignale Ametista Scura, which is a rich metallic brown tint.
For the interior, the leather upholstery goes all the way to the dashboard, storage console, and even central armrest. It even has on its passenger side a woven aluminum applique. To ensure that the cabin gets that needed quiet and refinement, the brand made sure to put in the Active Noise Control system. Through the use of three microphones that have been strategically around the interior, the system is able to monitor if the engine is making any noise and then direct opposing sound waves by making use of the audio system’s speakers.
Ford of Europe Vice-President for Marketing, Sales & Service Roelant de Waard disclosed that the Vignale lineup is Ford’s answer when it comes to the increasing trend of plush SUVs. The Vignale range, he added, is the best example of what the brand can offer when it comes to high-quality materials, excellent craftsmanship, and luxurious design. The brand knows that there is a big potential in extending its product range’s top end, he continued, and thus it is able to put forward an experience that can meet the customers’ growing needs.
For customers who want to look into the different customization options, as well as the pricing, Ford has released the Vignale website which has an online configurator.