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Ford has taken over a section of the show floor the
size of a cricket pitch - a big cricket pitch - at Frankfurt, and it’s the Kuga
SUV that’s sitting proudly in the middle of it.

Though Ford
says this isn’t quite the production Kuga that you’re looking at - it’s being
called a ‘preview’ at this stage - don’t expect the real thing to look
substantially different.

Loosely based
on last year’s Iosis X concept and sitting on the same platform as the Focus,
the Kuga doesn’t break much new ground, but it’s a tidy addition to the already
packed SUV market with its stubby overhangs and increasingly familiar Ford
family face.

Slightly more
rugged-looking than the Nissan Qashqai - there’s a skid pan underneath, though
how functional it is we wouldn’t like to guess - it’s got plenty of upmarket
touches, with an orange-stitched leather interior and a full-length panoramic
glass roof.

However, those
grey plastic ‘arches keep the Kuga looking at least slightly functional, as it
should prove at least in four-wheel drive when it arrives in the UK.

You’ll also be able to opt for two-wheel-drive only, while
the only engine specified at this stage is Ford’s tried-and-test 2.0-litre
 turbodiesel.

Prices should
start at around £20,000 when the Kuga goes on sale next summer, but
you’ll pay more once you’ve sensibly specced the 19-inch snowflake alloys that
you see here.

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