We already told you that Ford is giving its Euro-market Kuga a new exterior color called Tiger Eye Metallic as well as an updated range of powertrains for the 2015 model year. But the updates to the compact crossover don’t end there, as Ford is also adding advanced technologies that help save fuel and reduce emissions, while improving the infotainment customer experience.
On the fuel-saving side, the 2015 Kuga is now offered with Auto-Start-Stop and Active Grille Shutter features. Inside, the SYNC infotainment system adds AppLink.
Auto-Start-Stop conserves fuel and reduces emissions by shutting off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop, such as at a stop light or in traffic, and instantly starting it back up when the driver lifts his or her foot off the brake.
Active Grille Shutter
The Active Grille Shutter improves vehicle aerodynamics at highway speeds by closing a shutter at the front of the Kuga, thereby letting air go around, rather than through the vehicle. When the engine needs air for cooling, or when the Kuga is driving at city speeds, the shutters automatically open back up.
The SYNC infotainment system in the 2015 Kuga is now equipped with with AppLink, helping ensure that drivers can be more connected while driving and keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. AppLink enables drivers to safely use apps running on their smartphone while driving by integrating them with the SYNC system’s voice and steering wheel controls.
Other changes to the 2015 Kuga include:
The Ford Kuga is sold as the Ford Escape in North America, with the only differences between the two vehicles being different equipment, trim level, and powertrains dictated by the needs of the North American and European markets.