Ford Reveals Sculpted, Electrified All-New Kuga SUV, the First Ford to Offer Mild-, Plug-In and Full-Hybrid Powertrains
- Sleek, spacious all-new Ford Kuga unveiled with distinctive design, comprehensive hybrid powertrain line-up and new driver assistance technology for the most efficient, comfortable and rewarding Kuga experience ever
- All-new Kuga introduces a more streamlined silhouette for an energetic, nimble and capable appearance with premium proportions that support improved roominess and comfort
- Kuga is the most electrified Ford ever, and the first to offer mild-, full- and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Kuga Plug-In Hybrid will offer pure-electric driving range of more than 50 km (31 miles), anticipated 1.2 l/100 km fuel-efficiency and 29 g/km CO2
- Kuga is also the first SUV to be based on Ford’s new global C2 architecture delivering 10 per cent more torsional stiffness and up to 90 kg weight reduction versus outgoing Kuga
- Advanced convenience tech includes FordPass Connect embedded modem, 12.3-inch digital cluster, wireless charging, SYNC 3 with 8-inch touchscreen, B&O Sound System
- Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist, Pre-Collision Assist Intersection to debut. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane-Centring introduced
- Distinctive all-new Kuga variants including Kuga Titanium, Kuga ST-Line and Kuga Vignale each deliver unique character for growing number of SUV customers in Europe
Ford’s most electrified vehicle ever, the sophisticated all-new Kuga Titanium, sporty Kuga ST‑Line and upscale Kuga Vignale will offer an advanced range of hybrid powertrains for unprecedented Ford SUV fuel-efficiency.
The comprehensive line-up includes Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid (mild-hybrid) and Kuga Hybrid (full-hybrid) variants, alongside Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel, 1.5‑litre EcoBlue diesel and 1.5‑litre EcoBoost petrol engines, and intelligent new eight-speed automatic transmission.
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. Customers purchased 153,800 Kugas in 2018, contributing to a Ford SUV sales increase of more than more than 19 per cent last year.
The all-new Kuga offers even more intuitive comfort and driver assistance features, keeping customers better connected on the move. Sophisticated technologies include a FordPass Connect embedded modem, wireless charging pad technologies, and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system supported by an 8‑inch central touchscreen. A premium B&O Sound System produces a high quality audio experience, and a new industry-first, free-form, 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster with “true colour” that is more informative, intuitive and easier to read.
New Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring technologies help drivers negotiate stop-start and highway traffic with greater confidence than ever before, while predictive curve light and sign-based light help drivers see more clearly in the dark. Head-up display technology helps drivers to keep their eyes on the road ahead, and Active Park Assist 2 enables fully automated parking manoeuvres at the push of a button.
The all-new Kuga is the third generation of Ford’s mid-size SUV for customers in Europe since the nameplate’s introduction in 2008. Ford has sold more than 1 million Kugas in Europe since 2008.
All-new Kuga is offered in 12 colours, including new metallic Diffused Silver and Sedona Orange. Blue Panther, a new finish offered exclusively on Vignale models, joins premium paint finishes triple coat Lucid Red and Star White pearl.
Unprecedented powertrain diversity
Following Ford’s announcement earlier this year that every Ford nameplate from all-new Focus onwards will include an electrified option, the all-new Kuga will become the first Ford vehicle to be offered with plug-in hybrid, mild-hybrid and full-hybrid powertrain technology.
Kuga Plug-In Hybrid: Available from launch, the all-new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid delivers the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine alongside the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain.
The power-split architecture combines a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, electric motor and generator, and 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery to produce 225 PS. Ford’s first plug-in hybrid in Europe to deliver a pure-electric driving range in excess of 50 km, the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid is anticipated to deliver from 1.2 l/100 km fuel-efficiency and 29 g/km CO2 emissions.*
The battery can be charged using a front fender-mounted charging port, and is automatically replenished on the move using regenerative charging technology that captures kinetic energy normally lost during braking. It is anticipated that to fully charge the battery from an external 230-volt electricity supply will take around 4 hours.
Drivers can choose when and how to deploy battery power using EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge modes. When the battery reaches its lowest state-of-charge, the Kuga automatically reverts to EV Auto mode – supplementing petrol engine power with electric motor assistance using recaptured energy for optimised fuel-efficiency.
Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid: The all-new Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid enhances Ford’s 150 PS 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine for even greater fuel-efficiency. The mild-hybrid technology employs a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) that replaces the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations, and charging a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. The BISG also acts as a motor, using the stored energy to provide electric torque assistance to the engine under normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle’s electrical ancillaries.
The 48-volt system also enables the all-new Kuga’s Auto Start-Stop technology to operate in more situations for additional fuel savings, contributing to anticipated CO2 emissions from 132 g/km CO2 and 5.0 l/100 km fuel-efficiency.
Kuga Hybrid: The Kuga Hybrid uses a self-charging full-hybrid powertrain that enables pure-electric driving capability and combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine; electric motor; generator; lithium-ion battery; and a Ford-developed power-split automatic transmission. The Kuga Hybrid will be available later in 2020 with front-wheel drive and Ford Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, delivering from an anticipated 130 g/km CO2 and 5.6 l/100 km.
All-new Kuga customers can also choose from an advanced range of Ford EcoBoost petrol and Ford EcoBlue diesel engines with optimised power and refinement, and meeting the latest stringent Euro 6 emissions standards calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Powertrains are supported by standard Auto Start-Stop for reduced running costs, and transmissions including a slick-shifting six-speed manual and new eight-speed automatic for effortless cruising.
Kuga EcoBlue: The 190 PS 2.0‑litre EcoBlue engine is anticipated to deliver fuel-efficiency from 5.7 l/100 km and 150 g/km CO2 emissions. Fuel-efficiency is enhanced using an integrated intake system with mirror-image porting for optimised engine breathing and low-inertia turbocharger. A high-pressure fuel injection system is more responsive, quieter and more precise. Standard selective catalytic reduction emissions after-treatment contributes to improved NOX reduction. Further 2.0-litre EcoBlue innovations that reduce friction, include:
- A 10 mm offset crank design that minimises piston side-load, reducing rubbing forces against the cylinder walls
- Steel pistons for optimised dimensions and less expansion when hot
- Minimised crankshaft bearing diameters
- A belt-in-oil design for the camshaft and oil pump drive belts
Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBlue engine is offered with 120 PS and is anticipated to deliver from 4.8 l/100 km fuel-efficiency and 127 g/km CO2 emissions supported by innovative technologies, including:
- Low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation combined with water-air charge cooling for more efficient combustion and reduced emissions
- An integrated intake manifold for optimised engine breathing
- Low-inertia turbocharging for faster, more controllable turbo response, featuring rocket engine materials designed for high temperature applications
- A high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter, and more precise
Kuga EcoBoost: The 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine is offered with 120 PS and 150 PS and is anticipated to deliver from 6.5 l/100 km fuel-efficiency and 149 g/km CO2 emissions supported by Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation system for a three-cylinder engine. The technology can automatically stop one of the engine’s cylinders when full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine. Cylinder deactivation can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds – 20 times faster than the blink of an eye – with no compromise in performance or refinement.
Core EcoBoost technologies including advanced turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel injection and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing, also feature. Particulate emissions are reduced using standard gas particulate filter technology. Further innovations include:
- A new combination of port fuel injection and direct fuel injection that helps achieve high power and responsiveness alongside enhanced fuel-efficiency, with a particular increase in fuel-efficiency under light engine loads
- A low-friction three-cylinder architecture that delivers naturally high torque at low rpm
- An integrated exhaust manifold that improves fuel-efficiency by helping the engine reach optimal temperatures faster, and produces torque more rapidly by minimising the distance exhaust gasses travel between cylinders and turbocharger
- An all-aluminium construction for reduced weight
Ford’s new quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission is engineered to further optimise fuel-efficiency and responsive performance. Available with 120 PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue and 190 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue engines, using:
- Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which assesses individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings. The system can identify uphill and downhill gradients and hard cornering, and adjust gearshifts accordingly for a more stable, engaging and refined driving experience
- Adaptive Shift Quality Control, which assesses vehicle and environmental information to help adjust clutch pressures for consistently smooth gearshifts. The technology can also adjust shift smoothness to suit driving style
The all-new Kuga’s 190 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine is combined with Ford Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, and optimises low-end torque and noise, vibration and harshness, while also providing smooth and linear acceleration performance for a more comfortable driving experience.
Kuga also offers for the first time selectable Drive Mode technology that enables drivers to adjust throttle response, steering weight and traction control, plus gearshift timings for automatic models, to match responses and performance to the driving scenarios.
Alongside Normal, Sport and Eco modes, Slippery mode offers drivers increased confidence on surfaces with reduced grip such as snow and ice. Deep Snow/Sand mode helps maintain vehicle momentum on soft, deformable surfaces.
The all-new Kuga makes it easier than ever to tow anything from to small trailers to large caravans using two innovative towing solutions, and towing capacity up to 2,250 kg depending on powertrain configuration. An electrically operated retractable tow bar can be controlled using a conveniently located button in the boot space. Push the button once and the ball neck travels out from its stowage position under the vehicle. With another push of the button it automatically disappears back underneath the car. In addition, a detachable tow bar also is available and can be easily locked into place. When not in use the ball neck is stored in the boot.