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The Ford Kruga. Lehmann Photo-Syndication
The Ford Kruga. Lehmann Photo-Syndication

iSpy: Ford Kuga

The prototype Ford Kuga looks to have retained most of its concept's spirit.

Our spy photographers managed to snap a few exclusive photos of a full prototype of the Ford Kuga undergoing early testing. As our photo shows, the concept car's general shape looks to have made the jump to production largely unchanged. Don't let the new design fool you, however, as the overall size of this new Kuga does not differ much from the current model. Through the camouflage, we can see a grille and front fascia that looks quite similar to what we see on the US-market Ford Edge. The upper grille opening looks to be very slim, with one small crossbar, just as we saw on the Vertrek concept. At the rear we get peeks and some very angular-looking tail lights. The squared-off roof line you see at the rear is completely fake. Ford has attached some elaborate camouflage in an effort to hide the true, sloping lines of the rear hatch. Code-named "C520", this new CUV will launch very late in 2011 or the first quarter of 2012.

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