The Kuga is a compact crossover sold by Ford in Europe and a few other markets for a while now. The car has been through a few revisions so far with the latest model being one of the most comfortable cars in its class. However, the Kuga is not the car it used to be. The first generation was the best to drive cheap crossover on the market. This is no longer the case with the new car. In fact the ongoing 2018 Ford Kuga feels a bit too heavy and too disconnected from the road in order to be a driver’s car. Ford released an update with the 2017 version but things haven’t been vastly improved.
Rumors say a new version of the car may be released with the upcoming 2018 Ford Kuga. So far these rumors haven’t been confirmed by Ford. Despite that it seems a few German publications think an update is on its way, especially since test mules of the Kuga have been spied on the Nurburgring. While Ford is unlikely going to discontinue this model to make room for a new one, they might just offer a new trim level for the ongoing car.
It seems most think an RS model of the Kuga might be released in order to give people a sporty crossover once again. So far the details are still scarce but just like with Ford’s other RS cars, the Kuga is set to become a true icon in its class. The price or release date are still unknown but we can expect at least a prototype by the end of the year.
The design of Ford Kuga 2018
The 2018 Ford Kuga is likely going to look mostly the same as before. In fact the regular versions of the car are not going to change at all. It will still use the same design scheme in use on the US-bound Escape with the larger grille and bigger swept-back headlights. However, the RS might come with a few surprises.
There are a few available renders on the internet which suggest a large front grille and a full body-kit that will help the new Kuga be more aerodynamic. Larger wheels can be expected as well while the car will more than likely receive a few new available paint colors.
2018 Ford Kuga Inside the cabin
For the 2018 version of the car Ford may actually release a few new safety systems which are unavailable in Europe at this point. The car is expected to get a better adaptive cruise control system with an automatic brake system. A new lane-keep assist might also be added for the higher end versions.
The rumored RS is expected to receive Recaro-made seats, a new steering wheel and likely a new upholstery, most likely made out of suede. The end result will actually be quite close to what the current Focus RS has to offer.
The 2018 Ford Kuga will likely get the same engines as the ongoing model. The only real difference is expected to be on the RS model. This has been rumored to receive an entirely new engine which would allow the Kuga to be as fast as before. However, instead of the 2.3 EcoBoost from the Focus RS the car may actually get a smaller 2.0 liter turbo-four offering north of 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Coupled to a new 6 speed automatic gearbox and an all wheel drive system, the Kuga should become one of the faster available crossovers on the market. In order to handle the extra power it will likely boast an improved running gear with new shocks and springs. Bigger brakes can also be expected in order to allow the car to stop much faster than it ever did before.