The facelift of the Ford Kuga will arrive in 2023

Ford is turning its attention to its midsize SUV, the Kuga, following a series of recent revisions to the Fiesta and Focus ranges. This is the third time our photographers have seen it during testing in the US, where it has the ‘Escape’ badge, and the second time we’ve captured it without any camouflage.

We previously saw the Kuga upgraded to a more premium trim level with front fog lights, additional chrome trim, a different grille design, body-color sills, diamond-cut alloys, and body-color wheel arch trim. But this time it looks like Ford is testing the base spec version.

As before, we see a completely revised front end that features a narrower grille with inlaid Ford badging similar to the refreshed Fiesta and Focus, as well as new LED headlights with a center light bar and a restyled bumper.

Other revisions include a smaller set of alloy wheels, plastic wheel arch trim, and plastic under-door sills, but the chrome stripe along the top of the window, as shown on other Kugas we’ve seen, remains, as does the body color. door handles and rear view mirrors.

The rear end design is pretty much the same as we’ve seen before, but this time there’s more gray plastic on the bumper. The dual-exit exhaust tips are retained, as is the roof spoiler and the new taillight assembly. There’s also a new tailgate handle, though it might just be for this North American version of the car.

We also expect the new Kuga to be upgraded on the inside. The latest version of Ford SYNC4 infotainment should appear, operated via a new 13.2-inch central touchscreen, though the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is likely to remain.

The engine line-up, comprising a 148PS 1.5-litre petrol engine, a 187PS 2.5-litre petrol hybrid and a 2.5-litre petrol hybrid, is not expected to change. 222 hp. All-wheel drive versions of the Kuga are available in the United States. but Ford is likely to stick with the front-wheel drive Kuga models in the UK.

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

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