Ordering opens in September and deliveries of the new Kuga ST-Line will begin at the end of 2016; Ford says it offers the sportiest Kuga driving dynamics yet.
Supporting this claim are a series of chassis upgrades including a 10mm lower ride height, stiffer suspension bushes and thicker anti-roll bars. Springs and dampers have been retuned to give a tighter feel, and the steering has been recalibrated to make it more responsive.
18-inch alloys are standard, with 19-inch rims optional; the 18”s come in high-gloss black with a bright machined surface, while the 19”s are in ebony black.
The Kuga ST-Line has an ebony black grille, honeycomb lower air intake and rear skid plate; Ford has body-coloured the front skid plate, side skirts, mirror caps, door handles, rear roof spoiler and wheelarches.
There’s also a black beltline below the windows and the obligatory ST-Line badges.
Inside, ST-Line Kugas get sports seats with contrast stitching, black headliner and “special two-layer metallic-effect Deep Space paint on the centre console”, which sounds interesting.
Ford isn’t restricting the Kuga ST-Line to a hot range of engines though: the full line-up will be offered, including the new 120hp 1.5-litre TDCi diesel that replaces the old 120hp 2.0-litre TDCi; it delivers 64.2mpg and 115g/km CO2.
More Ford Performance-style performance comes courtesy of the 180hp 2.0-litre TDCi with intelligent all-wheel drive; there’s also a 182hp Ecoboost petrol.
The new Ford Kuga ST-Line further broadens the Ford ST-Line range that Motoring Research first revealed earlier this year: also offered are Fiesta ST-Line (from £15,645), Focus ST-Line (from £20,595) and Mondeo ST-Line (from £24,745). Deliveries of all three models begin in the autumn.