The second largest US automaker is looking to be the trendiest carmaker out there, as it has premiered the facelifted Kuga in Europe during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Last year in the United States we had the official premiere of the 2017 Escape and as such it’s no surprise the European version – wearing the Kuga badge – has come to life to sport a mid cycle refresh. It’s kind of odd that an automaker delivers such an important reveal during an event dedicated to mobile devices (in the broad sense the automobiles is a mobile device…) but we’re giving up on being surprised as new autos pop out today practically everywhere. The Kuga has a new front end with a larger trapezoidal upper grille and a reduced size lower grille combined with stylish headlights wearing LED daytime running lights. Both the fog lamps and taillights have also been modified and Ford is also packing some new 17- to 19-inch alloys wearing new finishes such as Luster Nickel. Also new is the Copper Pulse body paint or the power-operated retractable tow bar which is hosted beneath the rear bumper if not needed.

The interior has fresh air-conditioning controls and a revised steering wheel that can now also have an optional heating system. The cabin changes include the electronic parking brake and a door lock indicator. The same as the 2017 Escape US Spec, the facelifted Kuga is now packing Ford’s Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen display featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Ford is also offering for the first time inside the Kuga an adaptive front lighting system and also sports curve control, torque vectoring control, and an upgraded Active City Stop collision avoidance system (up to 31 mph instead of 19 mph).

Changes underneath the hood have also been operated, where there’s a new, turbodiesel 1.5-liter, four-cylinder TDCi engine packing 120 horsepower and offered exclusively on the FWD Kuga. The rest of the engines carry over: 150-hp 2.0 TDCi and turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine packing 120, 150, and 182 hp. The refreshed Kuga will reach European dealerships this fall.


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