The new Ford Kuga has been launched and prior to taking it for a test week we’ve been for a short hour long spin in the new SUV.
The all new Kuga gets a sharper look, a sliding rear seat bench, better connectivity and for the first time a plug in petrol hybrid version. This makes the Kuga ford’s most electrified model to date. Titanium, Kuga ST‑Line and Kuga Vignale are the grades offered. Under the bonnet the line-up includes: Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid (petrol mild hybrid) and Kuga Hybrid (full hybrid) variants, alongside Ford’s 1.5‑litre EcoBlue diesel manual. Ford claims its advanced range of hybrid powertrains deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency with the range average improved by up to 28 per cent like-for-like compared with the outgoing model.
New safety systems include: BLIS Assist, new Intersection Assist 1.0. Also Kuga has Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centring technologies. Predictive curve light and sign-based light help drivers see the road ahead in the dark. Head-up display technology and Active Park Assist 2 enables fully automated parking manoeuvres at the push of a button.
Kuga is Ford’s best-selling SUV in Europe and the No. 3 best-selling Ford vehicle in the region after the Fiesta and Focus.
We drove the PHEV and were impressed by its ‘Fordness” – it felt good and solid on the road and with selectable EV/Hybrid modes the car worked really well in an urban environment. We’ll tell you more when we test it fully.
“The all-new Kuga is our best example yet of Ford’s human-centric design approach; developed in close collaboration with SUV customers to deliver distinctive style, unprecedented powertrain choice, premium comfort and advanced technologies that make life easier for owners inside and outside of the car,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe.