Ford Kuga plugs in as new PHEV crossover

Published: 02 April 2019

► All-new Ford Kuga crossover
► Mild, plug-in and regular hybrid
► Plus some extra technology

Ford has pulled the covers off the all-new Kuga SUV and it barely looks like an SUV at all. The brand confirmed that, as a part of its new electrified push, the new crossover would have powertrain options with mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full hybrid electrification.

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.

By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches