2016 Ford Kuga Facelift
Ford’s SUV family is due to be expanded in the next few years, according to official sources. Not only will the American automaker launch new models, the existing ones are expected to be offered in various new versions as well. As for the company’s current SUV lineup on the European market, it includes the EcoSport, Kuga and Edge models. The fact that the EcoSport is the entry-level SUV, while the the Edge has only recently been premiered, makes the Kuga most likely to receive the high-spec Vignale treatment. Not only that, rumor has it that the 2016 Ford Kuga will also be offered in the sporty ST variant.
Since the 2015 Kuga came with a facelift, we don’t expect its successor to offer any substantial changes. As mentioned above, the most notable innovations expected from the 2016 Ford Kuga are its new Vignale and ST versions. Currently, the only Ford’s model offered with the posh Vignale badge is the Mondeo. Ford’s luxurious sub-brand actually transormed the Mondeo into a premium model, replacing its top-spec Titanium X Sport trim level. Since the current Kuga boasts exceptionally high sales of the Titanium and Titanium X models, we believe that it will be the the first Ford’s SUV to receive a similar treatment. So, the Kuga Vignale will be replete with high-end materials and features, while its exterior styling will be adorned with chrome accents and other posh styling cues.
When it comes to the engine range, the 2016 Ford Kuga will carry over unchanged. The entry-level model will be powered by the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost that generates 147 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. As for the more powerful unit, it will come as the 1.8-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost that gives 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. Now, the engine under the hood of the 2016 Ford Kuga Vignale is yet to be disclosed. However, we believe that it might adopt the engine that already propels the Mondeo Vignale. It is the new 2.0-liter bi-turbo that churns out 207 horsepower. Other than that, the mechanical department of the Vignale model will be virtually identical to the one found in the standard model.
2016 Ford Kuga Release Date
Official details on the 2016 Ford Kuga are yet to be released. However, we expect the new model to arrive in the first half of 2016. As for the ST version, we’ll be eagerly awaiting any new information.