- Latest Ford Kuga is all-new
- A range of hybrid choices
- Petrol and diesel versions too
Coming soon: 2020 Ford Kuga
Ford has completely overhauled the Kuga, its mid-size SUV. It’ll be available with a choice of petrol, diesel or hybrid power.
The new Kuga is larger than the car it replaces, which Ford translates to more space inside for both front and rear passengers, as well as more boot space. Features include the FordPass Connect system, which includes a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to ten devices, live traffic updates for the sat-nav and an accompanying app that lets users find where they parked their car, check fuel levels and, on automatic models, start the engine remotely. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included on the car’s infotainment system.
Other available features include a new 12.3-inch screen in front of the driver, in place of traditional analogue instruments, as well as a B&O sound system and a hands-free boot lid that can be opened by sweeping a foot under the bumper.
A mild-hybrid system – labelled the Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid – will feature a 2.0-litre diesel engine with added electricity storage recouped from braking, thanks to a more sophisticated starter motor. The saved power can then be deployed to help acceleration. However, it doesn’t offer any electric-only driving.
The full hybrid system – badged as the Kuga Hybrid – mates a 2.5-litre petrol engine with a lithium ion battery and an electric motor, and will be available from 2020 with front or all-wheel drive, promising CO2 emissions from 130g/km and a fuel economy of 56mpg. This will allow you to drive in electric-only mode, but it can’t be plugged in to recharge the battery.
Ford says the Kuga will have plenty of the latest driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition and technology that helps keep the car in the centre of a lane. A head-up display, which projects speed information onto the windscreen, will also be offered to help drivers keep their eyes on the road.
Trim levels announced at the launch event include Titanium, ST-line (more sporty) and Vignale (more premium), although full UK spec hasn’t been revealed. Expect that to happen closer to the on-sale date, which we expect to be towards the end of 2019.