New Ford Kuga Reinvents Itself As A Stylish SUV With Three Electrified Options

Ford has revealed the new Kuga, the company’s most electrified SUV ever with three electrified options.

The range will include the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, the Kuga EcoBlue mild-hybrid diesel and the Kuga Hybrid (self-charging), together with two diesel and two petrol engine options.

The all-new Ford Kuga is the company’s first SUV to use the C2 platform, also found in the latest Focus, making it longer, wider and with a more generous wheelbase. Ford claims that the new model is up to 90kg lighter than the outgoing Kuga.

The new plug-in hybrid powertrain of the 2019 Ford Kuga partners a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and a 14.4kWh battery pack for a combined 222hp (225PS). As Ford’s first plug-in hybrid model in Europe, the Kuga PHEV is going to offer a pure electric range of over 31 miles (50km) and just 29g/km of CO2 emissions.

The self-charging Kuga Hybrid also uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine together with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack but Ford didn’t release any output figures yet, as it’s expected to join the range later in 2020. The Kuga Hybrid will be available in front- and all-wheel drive versions.

The mild-hybrid Kuga EcoBlue diesel is powered by the company’s 147hp 2.0-liter diesel engine that’s been paired to a belt-driven starter/generator and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. Ford expects the mild hybrid diesel version of the new Kuga to emit 132g/km of CO2.

The engine lineup also includes the more conventional options of the 118hp 1.5-liter and 187hp 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesels, as well as the 1.5-liter EcoBoost in 118hp (120PS) and 147hp (150PS) flavors. The non-hybrid engine options will be offered with either a six-speed manual or a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Ford will offer both front- and all-wheel drive versions.

The longer by 20mm wheelbase and the 44mm wider body means that room inside has improved by a lot, with rear passengers now getting 20mm more shoulder room and 36mm more hip room. And despite the new Kuga being 20mm lower than the outgoing model, Ford was able to improve headroom by 13mm in the front and by 35mm at the back. The second row of seats can now be moved backwards, offering best-in-class rear legroom, always according to Ford.

The new Kuga also incorporates the FordPass Connect modem technology, featuring not only a WiFi hotspot but clever features such as Vehicle Locator, remote door lock/unlock, remote start, and more via the specific mobile app as well.

Other interior highlights include the new fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster, the 8-inch SYNC3 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a wireless charging pad and an optional B&O sound system.

As before, the new Ford Kuga’s range offer both the sportier ST-Line and the luxurious Vignale trim options, as well as Titanium and the base Trend.


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    Looks more like a Focus+Fiesta hybrid, not a proper SUV
    P.S. Somehow reminds Porsche Macan in some angles

  • JTL2017

    I like it. It’s nothing earth shattering but it will sell very well.

  • Rasta_Farian

    The sketches look far better than the actual product. Not a fan…

    • Zandit75

      When is that not the case?

  • Richard Taylor

    Decent enough – not really striking enough to stir the loins or cause offence. Do find that front overhang pretty shocking though.

  • Vangelis Goulis

    No,no,no,no,nooooooooooo freaking way

  • Ford should have given the Escape its own dashboard design, instead of the one from the Focus.

  • Enter Ranting

    …and with that, every new car replaces gauges with a screen, because it’s cheap.

  • Some ol’ bloke


  • Smith

    Why would you think it looks like a Mazda CX … Oh wait it does, it must be built in the same factory, or they just borrowed the designs from Mazda. They show all those renderings and sketches, but really, they were just to hide the facts!

  • mist

    PHEV restyled Peugeot 3008 will crush it. Much better design inside and out. Kuga is not bad but is certainly not appealing.

  • StrangerGP

    Yep, doesn’t look like a SUV, more like a raised compact hatchback.

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    The rear is RAV4ish and okay, but the front is a porsche macan ripoff

  • Shtekeris

    Looks quite generic and not that exciting. Especially the interior. Just look at Peugeot.

  • Escalade Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Looks nice! Looks better than the Escape for U.S. market!

    • Anti-Nig Coon Killer 🐒👌🏻’s Dad

      Nah, it’s ugly. It’s a copy of a RAV4 and Macan. What a disappointment from FORD!!!!

      • Escalade Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Naw, it is nice! I think Ford has done an excellent job at what it is.

  • Mr. EP9

    Looks a tad bit better than the Escape but that wasn’t hard now was it? You can clearly tell Ford phoned it in with the design. Hell, it looks like they just copy and pasted the design from the Kuga onto the Escape and called it a day.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      They’re the same car…

      • Mr. EP9

        Still doesn’t change the fact this looks better which is odd.

        • Mr_Fanta_Pants

          This is the ST-Line with Sports body kit and colour coding. Probably explains it.

  • Sébastien

    “company’s most electrified SUV ever with three electrified options”….
    But no pure BEV 🙁

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Always thought the old model looked like a real, narrow Minivan. This just looks like a hatchback.

  • Puddingpopper

    Amazing how much better this looks with a few more refined details, Europe just appreciates the finer things a bit more than Joe the ‘merican

    • MarketAndChurch

      Joe the ‘merican doesn’t buy safe car-based jelly-bean sanitized-looking crossovers.

  • Tumbi Mtika


    • ME

      They may save the European trim for a ST model.

  • Liam Paul

    isnt this the new ford pinto suv for the states?

  • MultiKdizzle

    Generic. – this could be literally any mass-market automaker.

    Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda, Kia. Anyone could release this and it would fit into their lineup.

    • TheHake

      Yep I agree. No identity at all.

  • TheHake

    Looks like the previous Mazda CX-5 from the side.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Depressing we won’t be getting this update for the American market. Maybe the Focus, Fusion, the current Escape are or were all declining in sales because its using that ugly grille.

  • Giziclown

    Why is it stylish, because of the background?

  • Knotmyrealname

    A sales image of a woman driving with one hand, whilst holding a mug in the other (illegal in most places) and with her handbag on the floor. What’s unique about that?

    • … and without a seatbelt for good measure 🙂

  • Point

    the first generation looked much better.

  • I can see that the SUV sector is beginning to get tired now everyone has dived in. If this is the best Ford can come up with (and that includes the awful new Edge) then there’s no hope. Where’s the theatre, the fun, the wow, the innovation, the full electric, the flair… this has nothing going for it. Nothing.

  • benni

    Jesus, it looks so soulless and generic it gives me depression just looking at it.

  • Escalade Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Ford has done great in my opinion

  • Escalade Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I will take this 250-horsepower turbo-4 any day over a nanny’s Toyota RAV4 with a natural aspirated 4-cylinder. It is such a chick’s car!

  • Escalade Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    You can get an attitude all you want – a turbocharged 250 horsepower engine – dual exhaust, LED headlamps, and symmetrical shapes overruled the RAV4, which is a girly crossover.

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