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Ford Kuga (2007): first official pictures

Wed, 05 Sep 2007

By Ben Pulman

First Official Pictures

05 September 2007 00:01

The new Ford Kuga... the concept, the design sketch, the wait. Is this finally the real thing?

Yes it is. After a concept car, and then sketches of the production car, this is the real production car. And it will be unveiled at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, alongside the Verve concept (the next Fiesta). The Kuga will be made at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany, but won’t go on sale in the UK until May 2008. But don’t fret, because in that time this car’s rather stunning looks won’t change one bit.

That it does, but were you really expecting it to look the same? Then again, when the looks of your competition don’t exactly set the world alight then Ford could well be laughing all the way to the bank with its Kuga, and sell more than its predicted 60,000 per year. But Ford is very late to the SUV party, with offerings already available from the Japanese (Toyota, Honda, and Nissan). The Europeans have also recently got in on the act with Vauxhall’s Antara, VW’s Tiguan, while Renault say there is a 90 percent chance that a production Koleos will appear at Frankfurt. And that’s not forgetting the PSA twins, the Peugeot 4007 and Citroen's C-Crosser.

By Ben Pulman