Ford adds sports-pitched ST-Line to Kuga range

New trim includes body and interior styling and chassis upgrades.

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Ford is expanding its growing sports-pitched ST-Line range with the Kuga SUV.

The Kuga ST-Line will go on sale from 1st September, with body and interior styling supplied by the brand’s Ford Performance division plus some chassis upgrades.

Exterior changes include honeycomb grille designs with matching mesh on the fog lamp bezels, the grille finished in ebony black. This black shade is repeated on the rear skid plate while the front skid plate, side skirts, mirror caps, door handles, door cladding, rear roof spoiler and arches are all finished in body colour.

Black roof rails, tinted front and rear lights and privacy glass are all included and there is a black belt line beneath the windows, with ST-Line badging added to the bumpers.

Buyers have a choice of two alloy wheels, 18-inch high-gloss black versions with a bright machined finish or 19-inch rims in ebony black.

Inside there are bespoke seats in partial leather with contrasting stitching, repeated on the gear gaiter and steering wheel, a two-layer metallic-effect paint finish to the centre console and a black headliner.

Ford Kuga ST-Line 2016 (The Car Expert)

The chassis changes to the model include thicker anti-roll bars, a 10mm lower ride height, stiffer suspension bushes and retuned spring and damper rates. The electronic power steering is also revised to deliver what Ford describes as a tighter, more responsive and sporty feel.

ST-Line variants will be offered across all the powertrains available for the Kuga, at prices starting from £25,845 – £5,000 more than the cheapest Kuga model.

First deliveries are expected before the end of 2016 and the Kuga will join an ST-Line range that already includes the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo. It will also further expand the Kuga line-up that will see the launch of an upmarket Vignale model.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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