Ford is about to amaze the crowd at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show with a near-production-ready concept of a medium SUV aimed at replacing the Ford Kuga model in Europe and Ford Escape in the US. Scheduled for manufacturing in the second half of 2012, the all-new ride will be marketed as a 2013 model in the United States.

The Ford Kuga compact SUV made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2008, and since then, the ride is a total hot seller in Europe.

In 2009, the Kuga small crossover finished its first full year on the market as Europe's No. 2 selling SUV after the Volkswagen Tiguan with a volume of 64,546 units. VW sold 107,897 Tiguans in 2009, according to market researcher JATO Dynamics. This year, Kuga sales are up 16.6 percent to 61,146 units, getting closer to the Tiguan, which boasts 89,301 units.

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Sourse: Automotive News