Changan-Ford Kuga Makes Its Debut in BeijingOctober 30th, 2012 | Posted in Chana | changan | Ford | New Cars
The Chinese-built Kuga (Escape) made its premiere today in Beijing, warming up for the market launch in early 2013. A showcase model was presented to a group of reporter for photo-taking, with no pricing information revealed.
Unlike some other overseas models transplanted to China, the Kuga did not undergo enlargement treatment, retaining the 2690mm wheelbase. 4524mm long, 1842mm wide, and 1669mm high, it closely resembles the Tiguan from Shanghai-VW in size, one of its major rivals. Styling modifications, when compared with the US version (Escape), are largely limited to the addition of a few chrome details.
The Kuga, called "Yihu" in Chinese, will get two EcoBoost GTDI engine options: a 1.6 liter of 180hp and 240Nm and a 2.0 liter of 240hp and 340Nm. They are both mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. All of the 2.0L versions will come as 4WD, while both FWD and 4WD will be provided for the 1.6L.
It is almost certain that Changan-Ford Kuga will get reduced features while having higher price tags than the US Escape (it is expected to sell for 190,000-270,000 Yuan or US$30,320-43,090). Premium features like LKA (Lane-Keep Assist), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), ACS (Active City Stop), and Active Park Assist will, reportedly, be provided only to the top level priced around or above US$40,000.