Based on Ford’s C1 platform, the Kuga is a popular compact SUV that has seen much success since its debut in 2008. In the USA, it is sold as the Ford Escape. For 2017, the Ford Kuga SUV has got an impressive makeover, which will surely help it take on the growing competition in the segment better. The exterior changes give the SUV a sportier look while interior changes focus on the amenities. The new Kuga will be part of Ford’s redesigned SUV lineup for 2017.
2017 Ford Kuga – Body Styles Changes and other Options
The exterior styling of the 2017 Ford Kuga is somewhat reminiscent of its larger sibling aka Ford Edge. The redesigned bumper, new bi-xenon headlights, and large six-point grille give it an enticing look. At the backside, the bumper and taillights have been revamped. You can also opt for alloy wheels starting from 17 inches and be ending at 19 inches.
The big change inside the cabin on the 2017 Ford Kuga is the larger 8-inch touch screen aided by the SYNC 3 infotainment system. The latter is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is a new steering wheel and air conditioning system has been given a revamp too. The dashboard now looks more elegant and organized. The cargo space is decent but here Honda CR-V beats it. Apart from bundling in revamped SYNC 3 infotainment system in the 2017 Kuga, the company has ensured buyers have no reason to grudge for the absence of cutting edge technology and safety features. Of special mention is the new Perpendicular Parking technology and Adaptive Front Lighting System of Ford. The SYNC 3 connectivity system now supports five additional languages. The 8-inch touch screen offers Smartphone like navigation with support for voice command. It has more intuitive and graphical UI. The safety features comprise of Cross Traffic Alert, Park-Out Assist, along with Ford’s enhanced Active City Stop collision avoidance system. Now, it is functional at speeds up to 31mph. It helps avoid collision with careless pedestrians, kids or moving objects in front of the car. Standard safety provisions like airbags, traction, and stability control will also be there.
2017 Ford Kuga – Powerful Engine and Performance
The 2017 Ford Kuga is available in a number of engine choices. There is a 1.5-liters turbo diesel engine which makes 118 hp. A more powerful 2.0-liters TDCi diesel engine is there too which produces 148 hp. You also get a 1.5-liters EcoBoost turbo petrol engine which makes 118 hp and another version with the 180 hp output. You get options for both AWD and FWD.
2017 Ford Kuga – Expected MSRP and Availability
The Ford Kuga 2017 will start selling by the end of 2016, as per the latest updates. The starting price may be around $23000 or so. Overall, the 2017 Ford Kuga leaves a nice impression. The changes in exterior styling and infotainment features included deserve a pause. The same can be said about enhanced and more fuel-efficient engines. The upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system and Active City Stop collision avoidance are also worth noting. However, the enhancements aside, the Kuga will face some competition from rivals like Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage, and Honda CR-V.