PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — The exceptional new Ford Kuga made its debut early this month with a media launch and an employee ride-and-drive – and it thoroughly impressed.
The launch included the range-topping 2.0 TDCi AWD Titanium and the spirited 1.6 EcoBoost Trend.
Media guests were treated to a full presentation on the new model range, followed by an engaging drive that encompassed city, country and highway sections, as well as a scenic gravel route through the beautiful mountainous Elands River and Baviaanskloof region of the Eastern Cape.
All of the participants were thoroughly impressed with the ride comfort, performance and quality of the new Kuga, and agreed that it is certainly one of the most compelling offerings in the highly competitive SUV segment.
The subsequent event for the Struandale Engine Plant included employees that were identified for making a valuable contribution to the company, and the opportunity to drive this exciting, brand new model was certainly a treat for everyone.
Julien Verstraeten, resident engineer at the Struandale Engine Plant, was particularly impressed. “The 1.6 EcoBoost engine is very lively and great to drive, and overall the new Kuga offers fantastic levels of comfort, refinement and performance. Add in all the amazing high-tech features, and it truly is a remarkable vehicle,” he said.
Along with the launch, a display of the new Kuga range was held at the plant – and it enjoyed one of the highest turn-outs to date from the enthusiastic employees. One of the most interesting attractions was the Active Park Assist demonstration, which had the people in awe as the Kuga virtually parked itself. They were equally amazed by the other advanced features, such as the Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Aid and hands-free powered tailgate. The eye-catching styling, high-quality feature-packed interior and overall value were also key talking points.
The Kuga is not only Ford South Africa’s most advanced vehicle ever, it is also arguably one of its best. It certainly sets new benchmarks for the segment, while the competitively priced and expanded model range are sure to make it a very popular contender.