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Spy Shots: 2012 Ford Kuga Facelift

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The Ford Kuga is a compact crossover sold in Europe since 2008 and has been rumored for a U.S. launch on several occasions in the recent past. The vehicle is now due for a mid-cycle update and the first prototypes have already been spotted testing in Germany.

Set to go on sale in Europe next year as a 2012 model, the latest Kuga will be wearing a set of new bumpers similar to the ones seen on the 2012 Ford Focus, and will likely feature a new range of efficient EcoBoost engines as well.
 
As for a U.S. launch, there are rumors that the next-generation of the Kuga will be built at a Ford plant in the U.S. as a replacement for the Escape. Like the current Kuga, this new model will also be based on the same C-Car platform underpinning cars like the Focus and C-Max.

Ford is expected to build this new Kuga at its Louisville plant in Kentucky and there was speculation that the U.S.-built versions would even be exported back to Europe. However, fluctuating exchange rates and labor costs have ruled out that option, according to Bloomberg.

This facelifted version, meanwhile, is unlikely to appear in local showrooms anytime soon. 

[Bloomberg]

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  1. I believe the reports from Bloomberg were that the exchange rate was not favourable for US export of the Kuga TO europe. It's expected that the vehicle will still be built in Kentucky to replace the escape (lets be honest, its going to take the escape name)... the difference is less anticipated production in kentucky.
    Mind you, once the plant is tooled, increasing production in the US to take advantage of better exchange rates in the future is always an option.
     
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  2. Not a very informed article. Has an "anti-Ford" sound to it and the vehicle isn't even here yet.
     
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