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Ford Kuga

For the similarly named Mercury vehicle, see Mercury Cougar.
Ford Kuga
Manufacturer Ford
Also called Ford Escape (Americas, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Aruba and U.S Virgin Islands)
Production 2007–present
Assembly Saarlouis, Germany (SB&A)
Valencia, Spain (Ford Valencia)
Chongqing, China (Changan Ford Mazda)
Yelabuga, Russia (Ford Sollers)[1]
Body and chassis
Class Compact sport utility vehicle
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel drive

The Ford Kuga is a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by Ford since 2007. It is based on the C1 platform, that also forms the underpinnings of the Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX. Both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are offered.

First generation (2007–2012)

First generation
Manufacturer Ford
Production February 2008–2012[2]
Assembly Saarlouis, Germany.
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Ford C1 platform
Related Ford Focus
Ford C-MAX
Volvo C30
Volvo S40
Volvo V50
Mazda 3
Engine 2.0 L Duratorq I4 (diesel)
2.5 L Duratec I5 (t/c petrol)
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,690 mm (105.9 in)
Length 4,443 mm (174.9 in)
Width 1,842 mm (72.5 in)
Height 1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Curb weight 1,613 kg (3,556 lb)
Predecessor Ford Maverick

The Kuga went on sale in the first half of 2008, and is built at Ford's plant in Saarlouis, Germany. In the UK, emphasising the car's premium market aspirations, only high-end Zetec and Titanium specifications are offered. The combined fuel consumption is 44.1 mpg-imp (6.41 L/100 km; 36.7 mpg-US) and the CO2 emissions are 169 g/km.[3]




  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)
  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) 4 x 4 and powershift models.

Worldwide markets

A July 20, 2007 report indicated Ford executives were considering the prospects of sales in North America.[4] This idea was later scrapped after it was determined the car could not be sold both competitively priced and at a profit in the US due to the current dollar-euro exchange rate.

On July 24, 2008, WDIV-TV announced that Ford was reconsidering bringing the Kuga to North America after all.

On October 22, 2009, news leaked that Ford would build the Kuga at its Louisville plant, possibly as the 2012 Ford Escape.[5]

On June 23, 2010, Ford announced it would end production of the second generation Escape in 2011 in anticipation of the Kuga's North American launch as the next-generation Escape.[6]

The Ford Kuga has also been available in Argentina since 2010; in Japan, South Africa and New Zealand since 2011; and in Australia since March 2012.[7]

A facelift was released in late 2010.[8]

The redesigned Kuga formed the basis for the 2013 Ford Escape sold in the U.S. Ford announced in May 2010 that it would build unspecified hybrids at a plant in Valencia, Spain and likely offer a hybrid option of both vehicles.[9] The Kuga Hybrid would be Ford's first hybrid to be sold in Europe, though it has sold over 100,000 Escape Hybrids and Mercury Mariner Hybrids in the U.S. since 2004.[10]

Second generation (2012–present)

Second generation
Manufacturer Ford
Also called Ford Escape (United States, Canada)
Production 4 April 2012[11]–present (US)
2013–present (Europe)
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Ford C1 platform
Related Ford Focus
Ford C-MAX
Lincoln MKC
Volvo C30
Volvo S40
Volvo V50
Mazda 3
Engine 1.6 L EcoBoost I4 (t/c petrol)
2.0 L EcoBoost I4 (t/c petrol)
2.5 L Duratec I4
2.0 L Duratorq I4 (diesel)
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed 6F35 automatic
6-speed PowerShift
Wheelbase 2,690 mm (105.9 in)
Length 4,524 mm (178.1 in)
Width 1,838 mm (72.4 in)
Height 1,702 mm (67.0 in)
Curb weight 1,580 kg (3,480 lb) - 1,707 kg (3,763 lb)

Ford Kuga engines:


  • 1.6 L EcoBoost turbo I4, 182 PS (134 kW; 180 hp) 2WD and 4 x 4 models.


  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp)
  • 2.0 L Duratorq, 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)

Ford Escape

The third generation Ford Escape was revealed at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, based on the new Global C platform that also underpins the latest generation Ford Focus. The Escape is a rebadged Ford Kuga designed in Europe.[12] Two EcoBoost inline four-cylinder turbocharged engines are offered. The basic engine is a 2.5L naturally-aspirated I4. The new Escape is the first Ford vehicle to offer a new 1.6-liter unit. In the process of revamping the Escape's engine lineup, both the Hybrid model with its 2.5-liter Atkinson powertrain and the 3.0-liter V6 engine have been dropped. Ford claims that the fuel economy of the new 1.6L EcoBoost engine will match that of the previous Ford Escape Hybrid, while the new 2.0-liter engine produces more horsepower than the current V6 unit. The transmission is a six-speed automatic.[12] The new generation of the Ford Escape is 10% more aerodynamic than the previous generation [13]

Ford Escape (US)

Also new for the 2013 model year is MyFord Touch, which is currently available on many Ford vehicles. The newest software version of the MyFord Touch System will offer an all-new UI and additional features.

Another new feature is the optional hands-free liftgate. A person carrying the keyless entry transmitter can raise his or her foot under the rear bumper of the Escape to remotely open the tailgate.[12] This feature will also be available on the Ford C-Max Hybrid later in the year, and was introduced on that vehicle in Europe. The Ford C-Max Hybrid will replace the Escape's hybrid model.

Eco-friendly seat fabrics are standard on lower trim levels, as well as the vehicle's carpeting being mostly constructed from recycled plastic water bottles. This allows the new Escape to be mostly recyclable at the end of its life cycle.

The new Escape is offered with front wheel drive in the S trim level and front wheel drive or all wheel drive in the SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels. The 2013 Ford Escape production began April 11. The production of the 2012 Ford Escape ended on April 28, 2012, overlapping slightly in production with the 2013 model due to plant issues, with limited availability of the 2012 model year Ford Escape vehicles being available at Ford showrooms. As of mid-May 2012, the third generation Escape is available at most dealerships across the U.S. and will be introduced in Canada starting June.

In 2012, about 3,500 Ford Escape were damaged in a hail storm on April 28 in Louisville KY while they awaited shipment to dealers.[14] Ford prepares a launch to dealers in June.[14]

The new Escape has sold well, and is making inroads into drivers of competing vehicles.[15]

In July 2012, Ford recalled 11,500 new Escapes in the U.S. and Canada after three fires were reported. The fuel line leading to the engine compartment can split under pressure. The possible leak only affects Escapes with the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine built from April through July 11 of 2012. Only 4,800 had been sold while the rest were in dealer stock.

Later in July, Ford issued a second recall for 11,000 Escapes built from March 8 to June 7 of 2012 because of tight clearance around the foot pedals that could cause the operator to accidentally hit the brake.[16]

On September 5, 2012, Ford ordered a third recall for its redesigned 2013 Escape SUV. This recall covers 7,600 2013 Escape SUVs built with the 1.6-liter engines, including 6,150 in the United States and 1,300 in Canada. Ford says the recall is to prevent a dislodged cup plug in the engine cylinder head.[17]

On December 1, 2012, Ford recalled the Escape for the fourth time for a fire risk pertaining to the 1.6-liter engines, owners were asked to stop driving their vehicles until a solution was found.[18] A glitch in the engine control software was quickly determined to be the cause of the engine fires, and an update to the software was offered by Ford to correct the issue.[19]

Another safety recall (Ford number 13S12, November 25, 2013) concerned Louisville-built 1.6-liter engines, and was supplemented March 31 and April 16 by Ford instructions to halt demonstration or sale of such vehicles until repaired and modified in 14 respects.[20]

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2013 Ford Escape FWD Crash Ratings:[21]

  • Overall: 4/5 stars
  • Frontal driver: 4/5 stars
  • Frontal passenger: 4/5 stars
  • Side driver: 5/5 stars
  • Side passenger: 5/5 stars
  • Side pole driver: 5/5 stars
  • Rollover: 4/5 stars
IIHS scores[22]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good[23]
Small overlap frontal offset Poor[24]
Side impact Good[25]
Roof strength Good[26]


Kuga is, in the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian language, the word for plague. However, the name of the car was not changed for these markets.[27][28][29]


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  3. ^ *Ford Kuga Press Release (UK)
  4. ^ Ford Kuga and C-Max destined for US? - Motor Authority
  5. ^ "Ford to build European small SUV in Kentucky". July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Report: Ford to halt Missouri Escape production in 2011" from Autoblog (June 23, 2010)
  7. ^ "2012 Ford Kuga compact SUV here in March". Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  8. ^ "Ford Kuga gets a facelift | Auto Express | News | Spy-Shots". Auto Express. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  9. ^ "2013 Ford Kuga". Electrical cars 2013-14. Latest electric cars 2014. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "2012 Ford Kuga". GreenCarReports. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  11. ^ Production of 2013 Ford Escape begins Wednesday at Louisville Assembly Plant – Louisville Courier-Journal (Retrieved 2012-04-03)
  12. ^ a b c Raynal, Wes (May 14, 2012). "New Leader?".  
  13. ^ "2014/2015 Escape". Ford. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Hail storm takes a toll of ,5 million in Louisville May 27, 2012 by Mark Boxley Courier-Journal
  15. ^ Miller, Daniel (August 11, 2013). "Ford's 2014 Escape Is Changing Consumer Attitudes". Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ Prittle, Alisa (July 19, 2012). "Ford recalls 2013 Escapes, tells owners not to drive them; engines can catch fire". The Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  17. ^ SHEPARDSON, David. "Ford recalling 2013 Escape for fire risks". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  18. ^ "Ford to recall 2013 Escape, Fusion models to address engine fire risk, drivers advised to park". 2012-12-01. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  19. ^ Seetharaman, Deepa. "Ford blames software glitch for Fusion, Escape recall". Reuters. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  20. ^ STOP SALE / DEMONSTRATION / DELIVERY HOLD Safety Recall 13S12 – Supplement #2: All 2013 Model Year Escape Vehicles Equipped with a 1.6L Engine Risk of Localized Overheating of the Engine Cylinder Head that May Lead to Oil Leak Fires
  21. ^ "2013 Ford Escape SUV 4x2 | Safercar – NHTSA". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  22. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Ford Escape". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  23. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Ford Escape". 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  24. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Ford Escape". 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  25. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Ford Escape". 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  26. ^ "Roof strength evaluations: Small SUVs". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  27. ^ "Kuga - Wikipedija, prosta enciklopedija" (in Slovenščina). Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  28. ^ "Kuga - Wikipedija" (in Hrvatski). 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  29. ^ "Kuga – Википедија" (in Српски / Srpski). Retrieved 2012-04-08. 

External links

  • Ford Kuga UK Official website
  • Ford Kuga EU Official website
  • Ford Kuga Australia - Official website
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