Ford Kuga upgrades announced

* Ford announces a selection of tweaks to Kuga range * New, more powerful diesel model added * Other versions improve economy and emissions...

Ford Kuga upgrades announced

The Ford Kuga is now available with a selection of upgrades, including a new powerful diesel engine and reduced emissions elsewhere in the range.

The new 2.0-litre diese engine is the one to be offered in the new Ford Mondeo, and is the most powerful ever offered in a Kuga, producing 178bhp and 295lb ft of torque. It replaces the outgoing 2.0-litre 173bhp unit.

This new engine is still capable of CO2 emissions as low as 135g/km, when paired with the manual gearbox. It is also available with an automatic gearbox, which emits 140g/km.

Ford has also added a 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine to the Kuga range, which replaces the 1.6-litre Ecoboost. The new version improves emissions from 154g/km to 143g/km – an improvement of more than 7%. Emissions have also been improved on the 147bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which now produces 122g/km.

These improvements are largely down to a series of changes to the Kuga's standard equipment; every model now comes with stop-start technology and an active grille shutter that helps improve aerodynamics.

Ford has also added three new colours to the Kuga's range, and a bodykit to the Titanium Sport X model. It has also upgraded the Sync infotainment system to allow drivers to use voice control to activate Apps such as Spotify, Radiplayer and Glympse.

The changes to the Ford Kuga range are available now.