Performance Variant Of The Ford Kuga Crossover Possible

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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.”

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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…

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

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