The new and sophisticated Ford Kuga, the most electrified model in Ford history, features a new exterior design, with proportions wider than its predecessor, offering an improved feeling of spaciousness and comfort. Its more aerodynamic silhouette incorporates a longer wheelbase, which creates a greater presence on the road, which benefits driving and stability; It also has a longer hood, a wider angle to the rear windshield and a lower roof line. The result is a more energetic, agile and powerful appearance than ever.
The stylish Kuga Titanium, the sporty Kuga ST-Line and the exclusive ST Line X are available with an advanced range of hybrid engines for segment leading fuel efficiency, with an average efficiency improvement of up to 28% under conditions similar compared to the outgoing model. In fact, Ford has promised to offer an electrified version of each of the passenger cars it sells in Europe, and will expand its range of electrified models to 18 by the end of 2021. The new Kuga is the first Ford vehicle available with hybrid technology. plug-in, mild hybrid and fully hybrid.
The new Kuga PHEV offers the autonomy of a traditional combustion engine along with the efficiency and refinement of an electric motor. The power divider architecture combines an Atkinson four-cylinder 2.5-liter gasoline engine, an electric motor and generator, and a 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery to produce 225 hp. The new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid offers a fully electric driving range of 56 km WLTP.
The battery can be charged using a charging port mounted on the front bumper, and is automatically reset on the move using regenerative charging technology that captures the kinetic energy normally lost during braking. Fully charging the battery from an external 230-volt power supply will take less than 6 hours.
Drivers can choose when and how to use battery power by activating EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later, and EV Charge modes. When the battery reaches its lowest state of charge, the Kuga automatically switches to EV Auto mode, which supplements the power of the gasoline engine with the assistance of the electric motor using recaptured energy to optimize fuel efficiency.
In the case of the Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid, it enhances Ford’s 150 PS 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine for greater fuel efficiency. Mild Hybrid technology employs an integrated generator / strap starter (BISG) that replaces the standard alternator, allowing energy recovery and storage during vehicle decelerations, and charging from an air-cooled 48-volt Li-ion battery . The BISG also acts as a motor, using the stored energy to provide electrical torque assistance to the motor under normal driving and acceleration conditions, as well as to operate the vehicle’s electrical auxiliaries.
Also starting in September will be the Kuga Hybrid, which uses a fully hybrid and self-charging engine that allows fully electric driving and combines a 2.5-liter Atkinson gasoline engine, an electric motor, a generator, a lithium-ion battery and an automatic transmission with a power splitter developed by Ford.
Likewise, new Kuga users can also choose from an advanced range of Ford EcoBoost 120, 150 and 190 hp gasoline engines and improved Ford EcoBlue diesel, 120 hp. Engines use the Auto Start-Stop system as standard to reduce running costs, and transmissions include a six-speed manual gear shift and a new eight-speed automatic system.
Comfort, spaciousness and flexibility
Comfort, space, flexibility and connectivity are the key to the Kuga’s most rewarding driving experience. The space for both the driver and co-pilot, as well as for the other occupants is greater, in addition, for the first time there is the option of having heated seats in the rear. Also the entire second row of seats can be moved back to get the best rear legroom in its class with 1,035mm, or forward to increase the boot space to 645 liters, making it the best boot in its segment. A remote unlocking function makes it easy to fold the second row.
The boot also has a reversible mat with high-quality velor, and a durable and robust rubber surface on the other side to prevent wet or muddy sports gear from dirtying the interior. Even Ford’s hands-free tailgate technology allows access to the trunk space even with your arms occupied, using a simple kicking motion under the rear bumper. Ford engineers have also provided a solution to the challenge of where to place the boot lid once removed: it now fits snugly under the new flexible cargo floor and is easier to remove.
For the first time, the Kuga is available with FordPass Connect integrated modem technology that turns the vehicle into a mobile WiFi access point with connectivity for up to 10 devices. In addition to helping drivers plan faster and less stressful trips with real-time traffic updates or Live Traffic for the navigation system and allowing occupants to enjoy streaming services on the go, FordPass Connect enables a wide range of practical functions that allow a better user experience through the FordPass mobile application.
Technologies that inspire confidence
The new Kuga offers even more driver assistance and comfort, and includes a built-in FordPass Connect modem, which helps users manage their Kuga remotely via the FordPass smartphone app. The new Kuga is also equipped with a wireless charger and Ford’s latest generation SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch center touchscreen. The B&O Premium sound system produces a high-quality audio experience, and the industry-leading new 12.3-inch 24-bit “true color” digital instrument panel makes it highly intuitive and easy to read.
New driving assistance technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Speed Sign Recognition, and Lane Keeping help drivers navigate intermittent and on-road traffic with greater confidence than ever, while Predictive cornering lighting helps drivers drive more precisely in the dark. Head-up display technology helps drivers keep their eyes on the road, and Active Park Assist 2 enables fully automated parking maneuvers at the push of a button. .