When the Kuga was last updated for Australia, in November last year, the company added its newer Sync 2 infotainment system and a larger 8.0-inch main display to the up-spec Trend and Titanium models. The entry-level Ambiente continued with Sync 1, however, and featured a smaller 4.2-inch display in the dash.
This week, the Ambiente picks up the same technology updates gifted to its more expensive siblings, gaining both Sync 2 and the same 8.0-inch colour touchscreen as standard equipment.
This upgrade to the entry-level Ford Kuga brings an in-dash rear-view camera, a higher grade of connectivity and voice control, along with satellite navigation with traffic monitoring.
The 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster is also upgraded, gaining more colours, a more detailed overview of vehicle information, and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.
Dual-zone climate control is now also standard, offering individual heating and cooling options for the driver and front passenger.
The model is otherwise unchanged, with a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine providing 110kW and 240Nm in front-wheel-drive models and 134kW/240Nm in all-wheel-drive variants. Up-spec Trend and Titanium models feature a 178kW/345Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.
The upgrades are initially offered as a free enhancement on Ambiente models ordered before the end of June, but from July 1, the price of entry will increase by $1260 across all three Ambiente variants.
2017 and beyond
Local timing for that upgrade is still to be confirmed, but a 2017 debut is likely.
2016 Kuga pricing (before on-road costs):
Between April and end of June, 2016:
Ambiente EcoBoost FWD manual - $27,990
Ambiente EcoBoost FWD automatic - $29,490
Ambiente EcoBoost AWD automatic - $31,990
Trend EcoBoost AWD automatic - $36,890
Trend Diesel AWD automatic - $38,890
Titanium EcoBoost AWD automatic - $45,190
Titanium Diesel AWD automatic - $47,190
From July 1 2016, Ambiente models will be priced from (plus on-road costs):
Ambiente EcoBoost FWD manual - $29,250
Ambiente EcoBoost FWD automatic - $30,750
Ambiente EcoBoost AWD automatic - $33,250