2008 Ford Kuga

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Ford's Focus-based crossover, the Kuga, will go on sale in the beginning of 2008, but won't be coming to North America. And it has nothing in common with the old Cougar, from which its name comes.

We covered the Ford Iosis X concept car at last year's Paris Auto Show (click here for story) and predicted that Ford would produce a small crossover within the next eighteen months. Pardon us for the back-patting, but we were right - the Ford Kuga is exactly that crossover.

Based on the Focus platform, the Kuga will go on sale in Europe in the first half of 2008. Powered by a 2.0-liter, 136-hp turbodiesel and six-speed manual transmission, the Kuga will be available with either front- or four-wheel drive.

The Kuga's 'kinetic design' styling isn't quite as aggressive as it was in the Iosis X concept, and the roofline has been raised so that five people can fit in the crossover comfortably. And they'll have quite a view out with the large glass panorama roof, which will be an option.

Don't get too excited, since Ford has no immediate plans to bring the Kuga to North America.

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