Ford has revealed the production version of the new Kuga Vignale upscale SUV that will go on sale in Europe later this year. Essentially a glorified Kuga mid-size SUV with luxurious appointments inside, the latest Vignale model joins the new Ford S-MAX Vignale sports activity vehicle and Ford Edge Vignale large SUV as one of three new Ford Vignale models presented this year, following the introduction of the Ford Mondeo Vignale in 2015.
The new Ford Kuga Vignale is based on the Ford Kuga mid-size SUV revealed for the first time at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The exteriors are characterised by an unique Vignale pearlescent Milano Grigio paint-job influenced by rose metallic tones, and complemented with dark gloss effect finishes for the front and rear skid plates, door appliques and boot trim. The signature Vignale hexagonal grille design features at the front.
The Kuga Vignale’s interiors feature hexagonal-quilted Windsor leather featuring tuxedo-style stitching for the seats and door interiors, offered in signature Cashmere colour. The leather treatment also extends to the instrument panel. The Kuga Vignale also features the SYNC 3 communication and entertainment system with a redesigned 8‑inch touch screen enabling pinch and swipe gestures for the first time. Then there’s ambient lighting, a premium audio system, tri-zone climate control and a full-length opening panoramic sunroof.
As for technologies, the Kuga Vignale would be equipped with a wide-view camera up front, adaptive cruise control, and Ford’s Active Noise Control, which uses three microphones strategically placed throughout the cabin to monitor engine noise in the interior, and directs opposing sound waves through the audio system to cancel out engine noise and improve cabin ambience. Driver assistance technologies would include Blind Spot Information System, Traffic Sign Recognition,Lane Keeping Alert, Lane Keeping Aid and Driver Alert.
The Ford Kuga Vignale powertrain options include:
150PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost with six-speed manual transmission
182PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost with six-speed automatic transmission and Intelligent All Wheel Drive
150PS 2.0-litre TDCi with six-speed manual transmission
180PS 2.0-litre TDCi with six-speed manual transmission or six-speed Powershift automatic transmission, both with standard Intelligent All Wheel Drive
Each Kuga Vignale model will be hand-finished at the Vignale Centre at Ford’s manufacturing facility in Valencia, Spain. It will be available to order later this year at Ford Stores across Europe, which incorporate dedicated Vignale Lounges that deliver a personalised purchase experience supported by a Vignale Relationship Manager. Ford has 70 Ford Stores already established across the UK.