“Kuga has a 'can-do' attitude and the robust powertrain perfectly supports this,” said Gunnar Herrmann, C-Car Vehicle Line Director, Ford of Europe.
Perfectly Matched for Ability
The Kuga comes equipped with Ford's 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136 PS/100kW engine mated to the Durashift 6-speed manual transmission for both FWD and intelligent AWD derivatives. Torque, performance and pulling power under all engine and vehicle load conditions have been perfectly calibrated to deliver the new Ford Kuga's crossover intentions. This engine provides high levels of torque – 320 Nm at 2,000rpm and 340 Nm in transient overboost for easy overtaking.
“The powertrain has been developed to be easy and responsive to drive while being highly refined and economical in operation,” said Tamm. “Its ability and responsiveness perfectly complement the agility of the new Ford Kuga. Our analysis of the segment and customer research clinics showed that a diesel engine offering 130 – 150 PS was the number one choice for a crossover vehicle. Our 136 PS proven and established Duratorq TDCi engine is ideal, and aimed at the heartland of the segment.”
The new Ford Kuga demands an engine that performs consistently at angles of 21/25 degrees front/rear and wading to depths of 450 mm with specific protection to resist mud and dirt.
The common-rail, direct injection system has up to 1,650 bar of injection pressure. Multiple pilot injections are used, together with split main injections to smooth out the combustion process for more progressive and more complete combustion. This technology simultaneously optimises emissions and acoustic behaviour.
“We have made detail changes to the engine, such as ensuring that the air intake ducts are sufficiently high, to cope with the demanding real-life scenarios the Kuga will be faced with,” explained Tamm.
Economic and Efficient
The efficient 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine powers the Kuga from 0-100km/h in just 10.6 and 10.7 seconds respectively for FWD and intelligent AWD variants, with a maximum speed of 182 km/h for the FWD model and 180 km/h for the intelligent AWD variant.
The remaining key technical statistics reveal very little difference in performance between the FWD and intelligent AWD variants, with the intelligent AWD using just 6.4 litres of fuel per 100km travelled using combined fuel consumption figures.
Euro Stage IV emissions standards are met through the utilisation of an oxidation catalyst with Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and maintenance-free closed loop Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) for best possible diesel particulate absorption.
The intelligent AWD model achieved a class-leading CO2 figure of 169 g/km, while the FWD model delivers 165g/km and combined fuel economy of 6.3 litres per 100km.
Recommended service intervals for all Kuga models are 20,000km or annually.
Later in 2008 the production 2.0-litre Duratorq engine will be joined by the 2.5-litre petrol Duratec five-cylinder engine rated at 200 PS. This will be offered with either manual or automatic transmission. More technical details of this powertrain option will be released closer to launch.
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