Ford Kuga hybrid crossover photo galleryBy Matt • Sep 3rd, 2007 • Category: Hybrids
Ford Motor will unveil Ford Kuga, the upcoming crossover hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Last year, Ford had unveiled the Iosis X concept car at the Paris motor show. The Ford Kuga is based on the Iosis X. Fiat calls the Kuga design “kinetic”. The Frankfurt Motor Show opens on September 13.
The Ford Kuga is expected to go on sale in Europe next year. It isexpected that the Ford Kuga will roll out with petrol and turbodiesel options. There are no engine specifications available. The price has not been fixed too. There are no photos yet, but Ford has released
some sketches of the Kuga. The Kuga will be built at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany.
The compact SUV will come with a 4X4 drive. The car will be available across Europe. The Kuga will be built on the same platform as the Ford Focus and the Ford C Max. The Kuga will take on Opel/Vauxhall Antara and Volkswagen Tiguan in the same SUV crossover category.
It was earlier believed that Ford planned to export Kuga to NorthAmerica under the brand name Ford Lincoln. The plan does not exist any more.
According to John Fleming, President and CEO, Ford of Europe, the Ford Kuga will be fulfilling a promise the company made two years back that it will develop stylish new model based on the Iosis X concept.
According to Ford of Europe Executive Design Director Martin Smith, the company recognised that image-conscious SUV buyers wanted a very individual car, which seamlessly blends on-road and off-road capabilities. The Kuga is the result of this recognition.
The company claims that the Ford Kuga will stand out from the rest of the crowd with its kinetic design philosophy. The design was made at the OEM in Europe. Ford terms the Kuga “athletic” and “charismatic.”
Production of Ford Kuga will start in early 2008. The car will go on sale from the spring of 2008.