► All-new Ford Kuga crossover
► Mild, plug-in and regular hybrid
► UK prices, specs now confirmed
The new 2020 Ford Kuga SUV will be priced from £23,995 in the UK – with a chunky £9k premium if you want to secure one of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. Full pricing and specs have now been confirmed for the new crossover, which is due in showrooms in early 2020.
The Kuga name ushers in a whole host of powertrain options with mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full hybrid electrification all on the menu.
The new SUV’s face is much similar to that of the Focus hatch, so much so that it even runs on the same C2 platform. Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale versions (yes, Ford is still pushing on with that) will be available when the new SUV goes on sale this year. As with every other Ford, ST-Line models will have unique wheels and sportier body kits and the Vignale trim will be subject to far more chrome outside and leather inside.
About that C2 platform… It makes the new Kuga up to 90kg lighter than the previous model, and the rearrangement of space and a longer wheelbase allows for more interior room and a boot too. Now you get 523 litres of luggage space at the rear; up by 67.
The platform is also the basis for Ford’s powertrain push that means all models from now on will have some kind of electrified model. Regular EcoBoost petrols and EcoBlue diesel engines will be flanked by mild hybrid diesels, a PHEV that aims to emit just 29g/km and get up to 235mpg if used properly and a regular hybrid. Both the regular hybrid and the PHEV use a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to a battery and electric motor, with the normal one mating the two via a CVT.
Inside, the Kuga is the first new Ford SUV to be available with a head-up display, just like the Focus was the first hatch. An all-new fully-digital instrument display is available, as is a WiFi hotspot and live traffic services via FordPass Connect. Cleverly-worded EV Auto, Now, Later and Charge modes help you manage your battery power.
We’ll find out more about an on-sale and delivery date, so stay tuned.