New Ford Kuga Revealed

2019 Ford Kugafrnt

Ford has revealed it’s all-new third generation Kuga family car in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

A new Kuga compact family SUV has been revealed at Ford’s Go Further 2019 event held in Amsterdam, Netherlands today. The Kuga is a popular model worldwide with over 1.1-million units sold thus far and while it’s reputation on local soil has been somewhat tarnished in recent times, it’s probably a fitting time to welcome a new and improved Kuga to market. 

Built on a new C2 platform, the same that underpins the new Focus, the new Kuga is some 91 kg lighter and has a longer wheelbase (+20 mm) while standing longer (+89 mm) lower and wider (+44 mm) than the outgoing model, giving it a more athletic and refined appearance, but also increasing space for passengers. As you can gather, this new Kuga looks vastly different from the outgoing model with a much sleeker design approach. Note the familiar grille and slim headlight design which gives it a distinct Focus (sed) look...

An 8-inch infotainment system with SYNC3 provides all the necessary connectivity in the new Kuga. 

The interior features the latest SYNC3 infotainment system with an 8-inch infotainment display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster which will be offered as an option. A Bang & Olufsen sound system is also fitted as is a 6-inch heads-up display that projects vital information onto the windscreen directly ahead of the driver. With FordPass Connect, a WiFi hotspot is able to connect up to 10 devices.

A variety of driving modes are also offered and these include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Snow, and Sand. In non-hybrid derivatives, the second-row seats can slide forwards and backwards to create more legroom or luggage space as required. A hands-free tailgate will also be offered which requires a kick under the rear bumper to open the boot automatically. 

Some of the key driver assistance features include Lane Keeping Assist with Blind Spot Assist,  Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring, Cross Traffic Alert and Active Park Assist 2. 

Engine Power

A wide range of powertrain options will be offered on the new Kuga. 

The new Kuga will initially go on sale with a turbocharged 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine with cylinder deactivation offering either 88 kW or 110 kW with an estimated fuel consumption figure of 6.5L/100km. A 88 kW 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with a claimed consumption figure of 4.8 L/100km and a turbocharged 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with 140 kW will also be offered with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 5.7 L/100km. An 8-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual transmission will be offered. The Kuga will also be available in both front and all-wheel drive configurations. 

In addition to this, the Kuga will also be offered in 3 electrified flavours including a full-hybrid, mild-hybrid version and range-topping plug-in hybrid.

The full-hybrid Kuga makes use of a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine as well as an electric motor, generator and lithium-ion battery and will arrive in 2020. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.6 L/100km.  

The plug-in hybrid Kuga will be powered by a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, electric motor, generator and 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery to produce 165 kW with an electric range of roughly 50 km. This version can be charged using a front port and uses regenerative charging technology to capture kinetic energy lost through braking. Using a 230-volt electricity supply, a full charge will take approximately 4 hours. Fuel consumption is claimed at 1.2 L/100km. 

Lastly, the Ford Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid makes use of Ford's 110 kW 2.0-litre diesel engine in conjunction with mild-hybrid technology. The mild hybrid technology incorporates a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) which charges a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.0 L/100km.

We reached out to Ford South Africa to find out when the new Kuga will arrive in South Africa and it turns out its arrival has yet to be confirmed at this stage. We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available. 

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