Ford Kuga facelift set to arrive in 2023

The Ford Kuga is to receive a heavily revised front end as part of its mid-life update

Ford is turning its attention to its mid-size SUV, the Kuga, following a raft of recent revisions to the Fiesta and Focus ranges. It’s the third time our photographers have spied it during testing in America, where it's badged ‘Escape’, and the second time we’ve caught it without any camouflage. 

We’ve previously spied the updated Kuga in a more premium trim level with front fog lights, extra chrome trim, a different grille design, body-coloured sills, diamond-cut alloys and body-coloured wheel arch trim – but this time it appears Ford is testing the base-spec version.

As before, we see an entirely revised front featuring a narrower grille with the Ford badge embedded in a similar fashion to the facelifted Fiesta and Focus, as well as new LED headlights with a central light bar, and a redesigned bumper. 

Other revisions include a smaller set of alloy wheels, plastic wheel arch trim and plastic sills beneath the door, but the chrome strip along the top of the window – as featured on other Kugas we’ve spied – remains, as do the body-colour door handles and wing mirrors. 

The design of the rear is largely the same as we’ve previously seen, but there’s more grey plastic on the bumper this time. Twin-exit exhaust tips remain, as do the roof spoiler and new rear light cluster. There’s also a new tailgate handle, although that could just be for this North American version of the car. 

We also expect the new Kuga to get an update inside. The latest version of Ford SYNC4 infotainment should appear, ​​operated via a new 13.2-inch central touchscreen, although the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will likely remain. 

The engine line up isn’t expected to change, with the line-up comprising of a 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol, a 187bhp 2.5-litre petrol hybrid and a 222bhp 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid petrol. All-wheel drive versions of the Kuga are available in America. but Ford is likely to stick with front-wheel drive models of Kuga in the UK.

While these spy shots show a completely uncovered car, we’re yet to see the facelifted Kuga testing in Europe, and we don’t expect to until it’s fully revealed until later this year. Pricing for the new Kuga should start slightly higher than the current car’s £28,755 starting price tag. 

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