Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ford Continues Its Upmarket Drive

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ford Continues Its Upmarket Drive

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OVER the years Ford has always tried to add various 'posh' or slightly upmarket versions of their normal model range and with considerable success.

These top-trimmed models have always proved popular while Ford has always relied on the Italians, well regarded worldwide as top car designers, to instil some flair and panache.

Back in the 70s it was the work of the Turin Ghia studios, created by Giacinto Ghia, that created Ghia versions of the Granada, Capri, Cortina and Escort and later the Fiesta, Sierra and Scorpio.

Ford dropped the Ghia trim name in 2010 but they are now back in 2017 with yet another Italian design concept, this time created by Alfredo Vignale back in his little studios in 1948 and again in Turin, and obviously called Vignale.

It means that there are now top spec Vignale models available on the S-MAX people carrier, the pair of Sports Utility Vehicles of the mid-sized Kuga and large sized Edge while this summer Mondeo versions have been added.

Before the end of the year the all-new Fiesta will also have the same posh Vignale treatment.

The fast-growing SUV sector is crucial for Ford to be able to compete on level terms with rivals and these new Vignales certainly look the part with their stylish looks and up-market furnishings and fittings.

Take the Kuga Vignale starting at PS31,045 and there's a choice of petrol and diesel engines.

It's definitely well equipped inheriting all the standard features of the slightly cheaper Titanium trim models.

Vignale specification adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a distinctive Vignale body kit such as mesh grille, fog lamp bezels and lots of dark chrome trim.

Inside there's a special leather interior with leather steering wheel and seats, bixenon headlights with jet wash, a 10-way adjustable driver's seat, rear view camera and better active park assist.

There's also an all-wheel-drive model available with a 2.0-litre TDCi Powershift set up delivering 178bhp delivered through an exceptionally smooth six-speed automatic gearbox and costing PS35,345. …

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