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By Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist

Next generation Ford Kuga possibly coming with seven seats

Attention remains focused though on the still-to-be-confirmed arrival date of the third generation that bowed globally last year.

Ford is reportedly working on a seven-seat version of the Kuga aimed at the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, Nissan X-Trail and the forthcoming long wheelbase Hyundai Tucson.

According to Australia’s carsguide.com.au, the stretched wheelbase model will form part of the fourth generation not due for at least another two to three years, with production poised to take place alongside the standard model in Valencia, Spain.

Allegedly set to be called Kuga Sport or Grand Kuga, it will ride on the same C2 platform as the Focus, Bronco Sport and Maverick pick-up, and will replace the Europeanised version of the North American market Edge, sold as the Endura Down Under, as well as the long-serving S-Max and Galaxy MPVs.

For now though, it remains to be seen whether Ford would still bring the third generation Kuga, unveiled in April last year, to market after settling the well-publicised fire debacle in November at a cost of R35-million

If eventually approved for the local market, expect the Kuga to premiere either towards the end of this year or in early 2021.

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