With the launch this month of its Kuga van, Ford is promising one of the most visually appealing commercial vehicles on the road.
The new van has all the looks and specification of the stylish Kuga Zetec SUV, but with a strong workhorse side to it and vastly reduced VRT and BIK to match.
The all-wheel drive Kuga Van is tapping into the market for high-spec car-like vans, which appeal in today’s climate, not only for their low capital cost, but for savings of hundreds of euro per month in benefit-in-kind for the user.
“A company car driver who can forfeit rear seats has a most alluring vehicle here,” comments Eddie Murphy, chairman and managing director. “It carries none of the negative trappings of a conventional van. In fact, it’s scarcely recognisable as a commercial vehicle, with its high external spec and ‘kinetic design’ styling. At the same time the presence of all wheel drive means it’s a gritty worker when the need arises.”
Powered by the engaging 2.0 TDCi Duratorq 136bhp powertrain, the Kuga van boasts a spacious load capacity which belies its sharp, slick exterior.
Standard specification includes electronic stability programme, six airbags as part of Ford’s intelligent protection system, air conditioning, 17-inch wheels, six-speaker remote radio CD, electric heated door mirrors, front fogs, trip computer, keyless start with Ford power button, body colour rear spoiler, and leather steering wheel. The Kuga has a five-star NCAP safety rating..
Ford says the new Kuga van is available in a selection of striking colours from €27,800 ex-works, but including VAT.