Ford Kuga convenient technology

Carsguide ·

17 February 2012

The Titanium level of spec adds in extra features for comfort and convenience.

‘Power start button (keyless start)

The ‘Ford Power’ start button for easy, keyless vehicle activation is a standard feature of both the Trend and Titanium.

Centrally and conveniently located in the instrument panel, the ‘Ford Power’ start button gives an engine activation time of less than 500 milliseconds.

Instead of a conventional ignition key, the driver is provided with an electronic key fob, which simply needs to be detected by the system when in, for example, the driver’s pocket, for fast and convenient vehicle activation.

To start the engine, the driver depresses the brake pedal and then pushes the button to fire the engine. A further push of the button switches the engine and ignition off, with a safeguard to prevent it being operated while the car is in motion.

The entertainment and vehicle systems such as the wipers can be activated without starting the engine by pushing the button alone. 

The ‘Ford Power’ button is also used to switch off the engine. Once again, the engineers were keen to build in a more complex sequence to rule out the possibility of the button being briefly pushed or brushed against inadvertently.

The ‘Ford Power’ button needs to be pressed and held for two seconds or to receive three short presses in a two-second timeframe in order to stop the engine.

Mini tailgate opening –‘Liftgate in Liftgate’

A mini opening tailgate provides a neat opening for the main luggage compartment to place or remove relatively small items without opening the entire tailgate.

The ‘liftgate in liftgate’ feature also provides a reduced height opening for those occasions where height restrictions may prevent the complete tailgate from raising to its full extent, such as being in a garage.

Ford EasyFuel capless refuelling system

Ford Kuga comes with Ford’s award-winning EasyFuel capless refuelling system as standard equipment. First launched on the new-generation Ford Mondeo and also available in the Fiesta and Focus, the Ford EasyFuel system is simple and easy to use, and is designed to prevent vehicle mis-fuelling and the associated damage, inconvenience and expense.

Benefits of the system are twofold; first, the lack of a conventional filler cap that needs to be removed prior to fuelling the car means that drivers have fewer things to touch, reducing the likelihood of fingers becoming tainted with fuel.

Secondly, the system features a special fuel inhibitor that provides major protection against misfuelling at the fuel pump. The fuel filler neck aperture has been designed around the different sizes of fuel nozzle, and Ford has engineered the system to allow only a nozzle that matches the corresponding fuel type of the car to open and enter the filler neck.

The use of mechanical devices around the nozzle opening and a special flap at the top of the fuel filler neck operate together to seal the opening and provide the same assurance that the system is as secure as when a properly fitted separate cap is used on conventional filling systems.

The Ford EasyFuel system has been extensively tested in all crash impact modes including the standard 80 km/h rear impact followed by a rollover to confirm the system’s safety. 12-volt power outlets

Ford Kuga customers can stay connected courtesy of three 12-volt power outlets in the cabin. These can provide direct power for laptops, printers, vacuum cleaners and other day-to-day appliances. Each of the outlets is conveniently located in the cabin – one in the centre console, one in the rear passenger area and one in the luggage area.

Connectivity module

A new connectivity module hidden away in the centre console includes a USB port and auxiliary jack. Any portable audio device can be connected to the Ford Kuga’s audio systems either via a conventional 3.5mm jack (not included with the vehicle) or the USB port which forms part of the connectivity module.  The AUX connector allows control of the latest generation personal audio players through the main audio system.

The connectivity module enables functions beyond music entertainment as it also provides customers with voice control of audio systems and climate control. In addition, hands-free and voice control operation of mobile telephones is possible thanks to Bluetooth® technology.

In-car entertainment and infotainment features

The new Ford Kuga offers a comprehensive array of in-car entertainment and infotainment features and systems. For added connectivity, the Sony single CD facility is enhanced with Bluetooth® voice control and connectivity for portable music and USB mass storage devices, which can be connected to the separate AUX-in socket located in the centre console.

The Bluetooth® handsfree and voice control system enables voice control for a mobile phone, audio system and, in the Titanium, the Dual Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) system. Features include direct access to the phone book memory through the audio system and voice-controlled dialling for safer handsfree calling.

Panoramic roof (Titanium model)

At 1050mm x 785mm the glass area of the panoramic Ford Kuga roof in the Titanium is one of the largest in the segment. To make sure the harsh summer sun is kept at bay, two manual sunblinds are also fitted for those occasions when shade is desired. In addition, the roof glass has a special infra-red (IR) coating that has proven during internal tests to reduce reflection by 35 per cent, as opposed to five per cent for non-IR glass.

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Published 17 February 2012