After we saw ST-Line packages for the current Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo, Ford is introducing the sporty package also on the recently facelifted Kuga. It now offers the same sporty styling inspired by Ford Performance models, alongside sports-tuned driving dynamics.

Kuga ST-Line chassis enhancements include thicker anti-roll bars and a 10 mm lower ride height for reduced body roll and sharper responses. Stiffer suspension bushes help to reduce unwanted movement in the suspension system, while spring and damper rates are fine-tuned. Ford’s Electronic Power Assisted Steering system also features a revised calibration.

The full range of Kuga powertrains will be offered, including Ford’s 120 hp 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine that replaces the outgoing 120 hp 2.0-litre TDCi diesel – expected to enhance fuel efficiency to 64.2 mpg and deliver up to 115 g/km CO2.

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Also available will be a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine with 150 hp and either front-wheel drive or Ford Intelligent AWD, offering from 60.1 mpg and 122g/km CO2 and 180 hp with Intelligent AWD homologated to 54.3 mpg and 134 g/km CO2.

Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in 120 hp or 150 hp front-wheel drive form is expected to achieve from 45.6 mpg and 143 g/km CO2 and a 182 hp Intelligent AWD version from 38.2 mpg and 171 g/km CO2.

Ford Kuga ST-Line prices start from £25,845 for delivery by the end of this year.