Ford is making the Kuga facelift a tad fancier by giving it a plush Vignale trim.

Introduced as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show, the Kuga Vignale is making the transition to a production model to join other posh Fords such as the Mondeo, S-MAX, and Edge. Just like the other Vignales, the new entry represents Ford’s attempt to push the model upmarket by giving it a special exterior finish and more leather on the inside. It’s worth mentioning all of these models are being hand-finished by “master craftspeople” at the company’s Vignale Center located at the Valencia factory in Spain.

The production-ready Kuga Vignale is being shown in a pearlescent-metallic Vignale Milano Grigio paint matched on the inside with a hexagonal-quilted Cashmere leather exclusive to this version. It also gets a special look for the front grille like the rest of the Vignale models and comes with dark gloss-effect finishes noticeable on the skid plates, trunk trim, and on the door appliques.

Ford will sell the range-topping Kuga facelift with two engines, a 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline unit available in 150 hp & 182 hp versions and a 2.0-liter TDCi turbodiesel rated at 150 hp & 180 hp. Depending on selection, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available, along with an all-wheel-drive layout that can split torque up to 50:50 between the two axles in less than 20 milliseconds.

2016 Ford Kuga Vignale

All Vignales come as standard with the SYNC 3 infotainment system featuring an eight-inch touchscreen display and working together with a premium sound system. The cars also get plenty of safety kit, including Lane Keeping Alert, Blind Spot Information System, Driver Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The reason why Ford is rolling out more expensive Vignale editions of its models in Europe is because the company is enjoying high demand for the Titanium trim which up until the Vignale's introduction served as the flagship model. As a matter of fact, more than 80 percent of Kugas sold last year in U.K. were Titanium versions. That’s why the Blue Oval company believes there’s room for a fancier version with a higher price tag to match the upgrades. The Mondeo and S-MAX in the Vignale trim have been available for quite some time and will be joined before the year’s end by the Edge and Kuga.

Source: Ford

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