By: Lisa Harper
Ford is keen to continue to grow within the SUV sector and in order to do so, they have completely re-invented the Ford Kuga from the ground up. As such, the new Ford Kuga will offer new dynamism and more eco-friendly driving.
Going green, the new Ford Kuga will be available as a mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid meaning you can go further for less. The plug-in hybrid option mates a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and 10.3kWh battery pack to deliver 222bhp. It has a 34-mile electric-only range and an official fuel economy of 235.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 29g/km.
The self-charging hybrid option links a 2.5-litre petrol to an electric motor and a smaller battery to deliver fuel economy of 50.4mpg and 130g/km CO2. While the 48V mild-hybrid is mated to a 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel and should deliver around 56.5mpg and 132g/km CO2.
Don’t worry if you’re not ready to make the change to hybrid power though, as the new Kuga will still be available with conventional engines. This will consist of a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 2.0-litre diesel which will be available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Plus for extra versatility, the new Kuga will be available with both two and all-wheel drive options. So it is easy to get a Kuga that is right for your requirements.
From the outside, the new Kuga portrays a sophisticated look with striking lines which build upon the contours seen in the latest generation Fiesta and Focus. In fact, the Kuga is actually based on the same C2 platform as the Focus. This has allowed Ford to make it longer and wider, plus it also has a larger wheelbase which will provide better stability and help improve dynamics on the road. Ford has also made the latest Kuga 10% torsionally stiffer which has allowed it to support a more aerodynamic design while also enabling weight savings of up to 90kg.
Inside the new Ford Kuga is more spacious than the previous model, with class-leading space on offer particularly for the rear passengers. While the advanced FordPass Connect system offers a host of features controlled via a central touchscreen which means the dash has fewer physical buttons creating an uncluttered and more refined look.
Talking tech, the new Kuga will be available with wi-fi connectivity for up to ten devices, a head-up display and a wireless phone charging point. While a host of driver-assistance features will also be on offer including automatic braking with rear cross traffic alert to offer extra reassurance on your commute.
The new Ford Kuga is set to go on sale in the UK early next year. Why not register your interest with your local Stoneacre Ford branch and you’ll be kept up to date with all the latest news regarding the brand new Ford Kuga.
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