Ford is launching the production of the new Kuga Hybrid, the self-charging version of the electrified SUV, at its factory in Valencia, Spain.
The new Ford Kuga Hybrid joins the Plug-In Hybrid and EcoBlue Hybrid models in the range of the company’s compact SUV.
Just like the Escape, the Kuga’s twin brother from the US, power is provided by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that’s paired to an electric motor and a liquid-cooled 1.1 kWh battery pack, offering a combined 187 HP (190 PS). The hybrid unit is paired to Ford’s power-split CVT gearbox, which is designed specifically to work with the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and offers a simulated gear-shift action to reduce the “rubber band” effect of CVT transmissions.
“We’ve listened hard to customers to make sure the Kuga Hybrid really delivers when it comes to driving appeal,” said Glen Goold, Kuga chief program engineer. “The simulated gear-shift function makes the SUV more engaging to drive with the familiarity of traditional ‘cog swaps’, plus the added benefit of limiting engine noise.”
The new Ford Kuga Hybrid offers a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.1 seconds and delivers a combined fuel economy from 48.7 mpg UK (5.4 lt/100 km) and CO2 emissions from 125 g/km WLTP. Ford says that the 54-liter fuel tank allows the Kuga Hybrid to offer a more than 30 percent greater driving range than that of the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, at up to 1,000 km (621 miles) on a single tank of fuel.
Ford has also added an exhaust gas heat exchanger system to help bring the engine more quickly up to temperature and enable pure-electric drive sooner after a cold start. The new Kuga Hybrid also offers a towing capacity of up to 1,600 kg (3,527 lbs).
The Kuga Hybrid is also the first electrified Kuga to be offered with an optional all-wheel-drive system, although the AWD option will become available only in selected markets in the European region.
Ford will offer the new Kuga Hybrid in ST Line Edition, ST Line X Edition, and Vignale variants. All models will come with the FordPass Connect modem as standard, offering Live Traffic updates and remote services via the FordPass mobile app like door lock/unlock, remote start, and Vehicle Locator.
Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen display is optional, as is a premium B&O audio system. The range of driver assistance systems includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane Centring, Active Park Assist and the new Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist.