2013 Ford Kuga extensively detailed

Starting from £1,000 less than the previous Kuga, the new model will be offered with four engines including a mixture of petrol and diesel units. The updated engine range promises to deliver much greater efficiency, by around 25 per cent in the case of petrol engines and 10 per cent for the diesel units.

The line-up includes a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol unit delivering either 148bhp or 178bhp and a 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq offering 138bhp or 161bhp.

Each engine is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although a Powershift automatic transmission is available optionally on four-wheel drive diesel specifications.

The most eco-friendly set-up for the new Kuga is the front-wheel drive manually-driven model with the 138bhp diesel; it emits just 139g/km in CO2.

The 2013 Ford Kuga will be sold in three trim levels, starting with Zetec and followed by Titanium and Titanium X.

Standard equipment customers will find on the basic Zetec trim will include fold-flat seats, cruise control and Ford’s SYNC assist with audible text and emergency assist.

The new Ford Kuga also features many safety gadgets as standard, which helped it towards achieving a maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash safety test. It includes a Hill Start Assist, and a sensor-based blind spot checker which works in conjunction with an Active Parking Assist for parallel parking manoeuvres.

UK motorists can order themselves a new Ford Kuga from Perrys Ford Dealerships located in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.