As the all-new Ford Kuga arrives in UK dealerships, more than 1,850 are already being handed over to customers, many of whom placed orders without booking a test drive.
Since prices were announced in November, 1,850 orders have been received ahead of volume deliveries. Of that number 1,600 were retail orders by private buyers, the balance being to fleets. At 87 per cent, the proportion of high-series Titanium and Titanium X orders is running 12 per cent ahead of numbers for the previous model. In addition, 98 per cent of all new Ford Kugas are being specified with optional extras worth an average of £1,000.
The new Ford Kuga introduces the 1.6-litre EcoBoost direct-injection 150PS turbo engine to the range. All of Ford’s European car and commercial vehicle powertrains are developed and tested at the company’s UK engineering base, Dunton Technical Centre, in Essex. The Dunton Technical Centre’s team of 3,000 engineers carry out 80 per cent of powertrain development on site, in the centre’s Powertrain Laboratory and Emissions and Environmental Test Labs.
The all-new Kuga builds on the success of its predecessor with a sophisticated design, elevated driving dynamics with an inventory of sophisticated driver-assistance systems including Torque Vectoring Control; spacious rear package with greater flexibility, a wider choice of low CO2 powertrains, a wealth of smart technologies and the five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Overwhelming demand for the Kuga’s top-specification Titanium and Titanium X models has already prompted Ford to consider extending the range further upwards with a new flagship model later this year.