Ford Kuga ST Line has several cosmetic upgrades making the SUV visually stunning; no engine revisions made
Ford has revealed the ST Line for Kuga SUV which is known as the Escape for the US market. It is the fourth Ford model to carry such badge besides the Fiesta, Focus and the Mondeo. The ST Line on the facelifted Kuga is a new trims bringing styling updates that will stand apart in the crowd and let alone menacing just like the treatment applied on other three models.
In addition to a black beltline, the Kuga ST Line comes equipped with a high-gloss dark finish to the grille up front, newly designed 18 or 19 inch wheels and skid plate at the rear. The body comprises of a host of ST Line badges to make a difference among other Kuga trims while the door handles, side skirts, wing mirrors and front skid plate are adorned with a dark finish.
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The new trim on the midsize compact SUV sold globally has only cosmetic upgrades as no powertrain changes have been made. However, it is subjected to some mechanical improvements like stiffening of suspension bushes, sportier suspension setup that brings the ground clearance down by 10 mm, thicker anti-roll bars, adjusted spring and damper rates for providing better ride and comfortable experience and a calibrated electronic power steering for better handling.
Customers can choose between the regular engine lineup of the Kuga for the new ST Line grade. The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces a maximum power output of 120 hp while the larger 2.0-litre TDCI diesel motor can kick out 150 hp or 180 hp. The petrol powertrain composes of a 1.5-litre Eco boost engine with 182 hp or in lesser power ranges such as 120 hp or 150 hp.
In selected variants, four-wheel drive system is made available. The Blue Oval will also offer you a Vignale trim if wanted for more luxury. Despite the ST Line for the Kuga is out, Ford keeps enthusiasts waiting for a hardcore ST upgrade.