Ford has unveiled the third-generation of its Kuga crossover, which is being offered with a variety of powertrains for the first time, as part of the brand’s push to electrify more of its range.
Plug-in hybrid, mild-hybrid and full-hybrid options are being offered, alongside the firm’s 2.0-litre diesel, 1.5‑litre EcoBlue diesel and 1.5‑litre EcoBoost petrol engines.
The plug-in hybrid – the firm’s first in Europe – consists of a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 14.4kWh battery. Combined, the powertrain produces 225hp, with Ford claiming an electric-only range of 31 miles while the firm added the model emits 31g/km of CO2, placing it in the lowest Benefit-in-Kind tax bracket, although the vehicle will not qualify for any Government subsidies.
Two other hybrids are offered – a diesel variant (mating the firm’s 150hp diesel engine to an electric motor) and a petrol option (which combines a 2.5-litre petrol engine). The former is expected to emit 132g/km of CO2 and the latter 130g/km of CO2.
The new Kuga is wider, longer and lower than the outgoing model and Ford claimed this offers passengers more room than before, while the car is being equipped with the firm’s Connect modem technology that turns the vehicle into a mobile wifi hotspot, offering connectivity for up to 10 devices.
A wireless phone charging pad is also offered, while the company’s Sync 3 infotainment system is displayed on an eight-inch touchscreen and is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring technology.
Safety technology offered includes the company’s Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Speed Sign Recognition, a head-up display and parking sensors.
“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 of Ford of Europe.