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Ford India is committed to launch eight new models by 2015, two of which we already know are the new Fiesta and the EcoSport. Everybody is guessing which would be the other six models to be launched with the Focus, Fiesta hatchback, Mondeo, new Endeavour being the usual suspects. Now we have received a tip from an insider that Ford could launch the Kuga in India in 2014, pricing it around Rs. 15 lakhs. The Kuga is similar in size to the Focus and C-Max as it uses the same platform. The Kuga is offered in front-wheel and four-wheel drive versions globally.

Ford recently unveiled the next generation Kuga at the Geneva Motor Show. The 2013 Ford Kuga is powered by a 2.0-litre TCDi engine and a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine. The diesel engine is available in two set of tunes producing 140 BHP and 163 BHP. The awesome Powershift automatic gearbox is available on the diesel version. The Kuga is loaded with features with the biggest highlight being its hands-free tailgate. You can simply kick the rear bumper and voila the rear hatch will open.

The new Ford Kuga is part of the company’s One Ford strategy, under which they plan to launch the same vehicles globally. The third generation Ford Escape is a re-badged Kuga for the American market. When launched in India, the Ford Kuga would go head to head with Mahindra’s XUV500. It would also be the third SUV model for Ford in India, sitting right between the EcoSport and the Endeavour. Hyundai could also enter the segment with the Tucson, while Volkswagen is said to be working on a crossover on the Polo platform.

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