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Geneva Motor Show 2012: Ford Kuga & B-Max

Innovative design and tech for Ford's new models...

Ford has unveiled the 2013 Kuga and B-Max models at yesterday’s Geneva Motor Show.

Looking virtually identical to the US-spec Escape, the Kuga has an aggressive front fascia with a slender grille and prominent air vents. There are large sculpted headlights, a bulging bonnet and a tailgate that can be closed by simply sweeping a foot under the rear bumper. Overall it looks very much like the previous Kuga, but more modern and in line with the latest Focus styling.

The cabin is instantly recognizable, but has a classy design with gloss black trim and metallic accents. In the tech department, the Kuga offers a SYNC connectivity system, active park assist and a blind spot information system.

At launch, the model will be offered with a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine that has outputs of 138 bhp and 161 bhp. It will eventually be joined by a 1.6-litre petrol EcoBoost engine that will produce around 170 bhp.

To handle rugged terrain, there's an improved all-wheel drive system which accesses conditions "20 times faster than it takes to blink an eye." It is augmented by a Torque Vectoring Control system which helps to give the crossover improved handling. The Kuga will be launched late this year, prices are expected to be slightly higher than the current model.

Following our story on the B-Max a few weeks ago, Ford has also unveiled the B-Max in Geneva.

The most noticeable feature of the new mini MPV is the missing B- pillar that we would normally expect to see running from the ceiling to the floor on the side of the car between the front and rear seats. The pillar is required for car safety, so the Ford engineers have integrated the feature into the rear sliding doors. This gives unmatched access to the passenger compartment, a definite bonus in this family-oriented sector.

The engine line-up comprises of four petrol and two diesel options. On the petrol side, the B-Max line-up includes the remarkable three-cylinder 1.0-litreFord EcoBoost engine that is tuned to either 99 or 118 bhp. There is also a 1.4-litre Duratec unit with 88 bhp and a 1.6-litre Duratec unit with 103 bhp. The diesel options start with a 1.5 litre producing 74 bhp and a 1.6 litre with 94 bhp completes the line-up. The 1.5-litre diesel, closely derived from the 1.6-litre engine, appears for the first time in Ford’s European product range. It achieves CO2 emissions of 109g/km and fuel consumption of 68.9mpg.

Prices will be confirmed closer to the release in late 2012.

Images and videos courtesy of Ford Europe

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more