Ford has unveiled its latest Kuga model at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, featuring new technologies, and stylish and spacious design. Building on the huge success of the current model, the Kuga on display boasts of technological improvements that include hands-free automatic tailgate that can be opened and closed by just sweeping a foot under the rear bumper.
The new Kuga model will also be bestowed with advanced voice control, device integration and connectivity interface SYNC. The car on display also features the Emergency Assistance, which deploys the airbag or activates the emergency fuel shut-off. It uses the on board GPS locator and Bluetooth-paired device to set up an emergency call and provide GPS coordinates for the emergency response. Another plus is that the local language may be used in the call.
Ford also bestowed upon the new Kuga a variety of driver assistance technologies that includes the parallel parking aid Active Park Assist, and sensor-based Blind Spot Information System, which gives a warning via a light in the door mirror that a possible danger is in the driver's blind spot. Drivers could also fold flat the rear seats at a touch of a button. The new Kuga offers 82-litres more boot-space than the current one.
The new model also features the smart Kuga AWD system that proactively reassesses conditions 20 times faster than a blink of an eye, then adapting the AWD power split to provide the best handling and traction option.
Kuga is also installed with Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) that significantly improves dynamics and cornering control. Buyers could choose from a number of engine options, including the 140PS and 163PS versions of Ford's 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine and the 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine which boasts of strong torque delivery and high fuel efficiency. Buyers could also opt for the Ford Powershift automatic gearbox.
Ford’s smart Kuga AWD (all-wheel drive) system pre-emptively reassesses and reevaluates conditions around 20 times faster than how long it usually takes to blink your eye, as well as readjusts the AWD power split in order to give you the best blend of traction and handling.
The smart AWD system’s primary goal at low speed is traction. But at speeds over 30 km/h, the system shifts its focus on improving handling, driving feel, and responses. There’s a unique cluster display that shows drivers each wheel’s torque demand at any moment.
Moreover, there’s the Ford Curve Control, which acts as safeguard for those who entered a bend at too much speed. The AWD system mitigates against intense understeer by aggressive braking. If the driver steps on the accelerator, it also reduces engine torque.
According to Michael Nentwig, the assistant chief program engineer of C Cars, at Ford of Europe, the Ford Curve Control is able to support drivers if they are driving too fast on certain road conditions or layout. One clear example is when a driver is at a curved slip road off a motorway and he or she has not reduced his speed sufficiently. The system can step in then slow the car down safely by about 16 km/h per second.
Additionally, cornering control and dynamics are improved through the introduction of a better Torque Vectoring Control system, which was developed and created with the Focus RS. This system also helps deliver the brand’s fun-to-drive DNA by applying the brakes to the inside wheels in order to assist you through fast bends.
The new Ford Kuga is stylish and offers more luggage space than the current model. More specifically, the new Kuga offers 46 liters of additional luggage compartment space as its rear seats can be folded flat in just one movement. It also has a luggage compartment that provides easier access. Lastly, Ford's hands-free powered tailgate may be opened or closed with a simple kicking motion under the rear bumper.