Ford has definitely got the electric bug and that’s good news for consumers and the environment. Check out the Tourneo Custom, Ford’s pioneering foray into the people mover segment here.
The new Kuga is Ford’s first first dive into a PHEV for the European market. Billed by Ford as the most electrified Ford ever, whatever that means, the new Kuga comes in three offerings: the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid (mild-hybrid) and Kuga Hybrid (full hybrid). The Kuga also has the distinction of the first SUV to take a spin on Ford’s new global C2 architecture, already available on the Focus. With C2 underpinnings, the Kuga claims 10 percent more torsional stiffness and an almost 200-pound weight loss from the soon-to-be retired Kuga.
The Kuga also gets a makeover both inside and out. It’s loaded up with Ford’s advanced technology, including FordPass Connect embedded modem, 12.3-inch digital cluster, wireless charging, SYNC 3 with 8-inch touchscreen, B&O Sound System. The Kuga poses with a longer bonnet, increased reclined rear windshield angle and lowered roofline. The sensual, streamlined exterior courtesy of an extended wheelbase, which also creates the advantage of more stability.
I’m sure Ford has a special place in its heart for the Kuga and its platform sharing models, the Escape and Transit Connect. It’s their best-selling SUV in Europe and plays an important role in rounding out the North American product mix. Ford can thank the Kuga for increasing their SUV sales by a very attractive 19 percent last year.
The new Kuga powertrains will be offered in the Kuga Titanium, athletic Kuga ST‑Line and luxury Kuga Vignale. With the 2020 Escape right around the corner for the US market, we are anxious to see if the new powertains will show up there as well.