The motoring press has published the first spy shots of Ford's latest arrival, the Kuga. According to insiders it will arrive on showroom floors soon.
The car will replace the current Kuga SUV. The spy shots show how closely the prototype sticks to the Vertrek concept we saw earlier this year at the Detroit Motor Show - even the Vertrek name will be retained.
Although the car is camouflaged in the spy shots, we can clearly see the design is virtually identical to that of the concept car: slim upper grille openings in the front with angular tail lights. Even the heavy camouflage cannot hide its sloping lines.
Inside the cabin the overall theme of the concept will also be retained, while the instrument panel will resemble that of the Ford Focus. The concept car was, of course, a four-seater; apparently this has now been dropped in favour of a five-seat arrangement.
Existing Kuga owners generally have one big complaint: the car has too little legroom and luggage capacity is too small. Ford has addressed this with the Vertrek: it is 100mm longer, 50mm wider and has a 100mm longer wheelbase than the Kuga.
The car will come standard with Ford's latest kit, which includes a SYNC infotainment system. This offers internet access using any mobile internet device such as a smartphone as well as a music hard drive. Other features include traffic sign recognition, blind spot alert and active parking.
The Vertrek will get Ford's latest 1.6 litre EcoBoost turbo petrol engine.
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