26 Feb
Fuel economy seems to be a focus for Ford with the new Kuga.

Ford unveils the new Kuga at the Mobile World Congress

Yet more developments have been unveiled at the Mobile World Congress. While Acer has been taking its first step into the world of the automotive, Ford has been cracking on by updating its current fleet with the unveiling of the new SYNC 3 Kuga model. Let's take a quick look at what's new.

Efficiency, integration, innovation

There are several new innovations that might interest a fleet manager looking to get some more efficiency out of their vehicles. Principal among these is the famous EcoBoost engine developed by Ford.

The EcoBoost has been seen in a wide range of Ford cars, from the Focus to the Mondeo. Designed to reduce emissions by 15 per cent and improve fuel economy by up to 20 per cent, this engine holds a lot of promise for anyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint but not the balance on their fuel card.

The newest model of the Kuga, however, will have a very different EcoBoost engine from the current model offered in New Zealand. The current 2.0-litre TDCi engine will be replaced by a 120 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine. Ford apparently hopes to see an efficiency improvement of at least 5 per cent for this new engine, improving on the already impressive fuel economy of the EcoBoost.

The Kuga will also feature a number of technological innovations. The new SYNC 3 software package will feature a number of connectivity improvements, from greater smartphone compatibility and integration to the ability to give voice commands to the built-in GPS. It dips toes into autonomous driving as well, as it improves the current Active Park Assist with new functionality for perpendicular parking, potentially eliminating that tricky manoeuvre once and for all.

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