Step aside, Ford Kuga Vignale concept; there’s a possible European Kuga variant that we’re much more interested in at the moment, and it prizes performance over a premium experience.
According to Auto Express, Ford CTO and Executive VP of Global Product Development Raj Nair indicated that the automaker is keeping a close watch on the recent trend of souped-up crossover SUVs, hinting that the Ford Kuga might be a candidate for receiving performance modifications in the future. “We’re seeing a little of that in the US with the Explorer Sport and Edge Sport,” Nair said. “A little bit more horsepower and a little more crisper handling is certainly something that we are seeing.”
But even if a hotter Ford Kuga does make its way to market in the near- to mid-term future, it likely wouldn’t receive the same “ST” badge used on variants of the Fiesta and Focus hatchbacks. Why? Because “[Ford has] certain aspects of a performance criteria for an ST, although it’s not that we couldn’t get the vehicle there,” explained Mr. Nair. “It might not be what the customer is looking for.”
All due respect, with US gearheads starved for choice in the performance station wagon segment, we know a few people who might be interested in a Ford Kuga ST…