All-new Kuga SUV – Ford’s most electrified vehicle ever

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With 600 sales in its first month on sale, the stylish all-new Kuga Titanium, sporty Kuga ST‑Line and upscale Kuga Vignale have already made an impact. The new range is offered with an advanced range of hybrid powertrains that delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency with the range average improved by up to 28 percent like-for-like compared with the outgoing model.

The Kuga powertrain line-up includes Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid (mild hybrid) and Kuga Hybrid (full hybrid) variants, alongside Ford’s 1.5‑litre EcoBlue diesel manual.

“The all-new Kuga is our best example yet of Ford’s human-centric design approach; developed in close collaboration with SUV customers to deliver distinctive style, unprecedented powertrain choice, premium comfort and advanced technologies that make life easier for owners inside and outside of the car,” said Stuart Rowley, President, Ford of Europe.

The all-new Kuga is based on Ford’s new global front-wheel drive flexible architecture that supports improved aerodynamics for better fuel efficiency and helps reduce Kuga’s weight versus outgoing models by up to 80 kg when comparing equivalent powertrain variants.

A tailored spectrum of choice includes differentiating executions for Kuga Vignale, ST-Line and Titanium variants, each with a unique character to reflect customers’ personalities. With contemporary and confident styling, Kuga Titanium is indicative of the high specification and quality that will be offered to customers. Highlights include a sporty front skid plate and rear diffuser, body-coloured mirrors, side cladding and door handles, LED daytime running lights and standard 17-inch, or optional 18-inch alloy wheels.

The upscale Kuga Vignale conveys exclusive specification and meticulous craftsmanship through bespoke Vignale ornamentation including satin aluminium finishes for the roof rails, bumpers and rocker inserts, as well as unique, elegant front and rear bumper designs. The exterior also features signature Vignale chrome finished front mesh grille and twin tailpipes, alongside standard 19-inch alloy wheels. Windsor leather seats with an exclusive Vignale hexagon design, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel and velour floor mats further enhance the interior.

Bold Kuga ST-Line styling inspired by Ford Performance models includes body-coloured bumpers and side skirts; and a grille, front skid plate, rear diffuser and roof rails finished in black. A large rear spoiler, standard 18‑inch alloy wheels,3 and twin sports exhausts add to the sporty character. Inside a dark headliner, exclusive ST-Line seat designs with contrasting red stitching, alloy pedals, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and ST-Line floor mats and scuff plates reflect the performance personality.

Kuga Plug-In Hybrid: The all-new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid delivers the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine alongside the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain.

The power-split architecture combines a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, electric motor and generator, and 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery to produce 225 PS. Kuga Plug-In Hybrid delivers a 72 km NEDC (56 km WLTP) pure-electric driving range, fuel efficiency from 1.2 l/100 km NEDC (from 1.4 l/100 km WLTP) and CO2 emissions from 26 g/km NEDC (from 32 g/km WLTP).

The battery can be charged using a front fender-mounted charging port, and is automatically replenished on the move using regenerative charging technology that captures kinetic energy normally lost during braking. To fully charge the battery from an external 230-volt electricity supply will take less than 6 hours.

Drivers can choose when and how to deploy battery power using EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge modes. When the battery reaches its lowest state-of-charge, the Kuga automatically reverts to EV Auto mode – supplementing petrol engine power with electric motor assistance using recaptured energy for optimised fuel efficiency.

All-new Kuga customers can also choose the Ford EcoBlue diesel engine with optimised power and refinement. Powertrains are supported by standard Auto Start-Stop for reduced running costs, fitted with a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission.

Kuga EcoBlue: Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBlue engine is offered with 120 PS, delivers fuel efficiency from 4.2 l/100 km NEDC (from 5.1 l/100 km WLTP) and CO2 emissions from 109 g/km NEDC (from 133 g/km WLTP), and is supported by innovative technologies, including:

  • Water-air charge cooling for more efficient combustion and reduced emissions
  • An integrated intake manifold for optimised engine breathing
  • Low-inertia turbocharging for faster, more controllable turbo response, featuring rocket engine materials designed for high temperature applications
  • A high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter, and more precise

The all-new Kuga makes it easier than ever to tow anything from to small trailers to large caravans using two innovative towing solutions, and towing capacity up to 1,800 kg depending on powertrain configuration. An electrically operated retractable tow bar can be controlled using a conveniently located button in the boot space. Push the button once and the ball neck travels out from its stowage position under the vehicle. With another push of the button it automatically disappears back underneath the car. In addition, a detachable tow bar also is available and can be easily locked into place. When not in use the ball neck is stored in the boot.

Comfort, spaciousness, flexibility and connectivity are key to the more rewarding Kuga occupant experience. The all-new Kuga is 44 mm wider and 89 mm longer than the outgoing model, while the wheelbase has increased by 20 mm. Inside, that translates to increases in shoulder room, hip room and headroom for front and rear seat passengers, despite an overall height that is 6 mm lower than the outgoing model.

For rear seat passengers, heated outer seats are available for the first time, and the entire second row of seats can be moved backwards for best-in-class 1,035 mm rear legroom, or forwards to increase boot space to best-in-class 645 litres. A remote release function enables the second row to be folded flat with ease.

The boot also has a reversible luggage compartment mat with a high-quality velour on one side for a high-quality look and feel, and a durable and robust rubber surface on the other side to prevent wet or muddy sports equipment from soiling the interior.

The all-new Kuga interior introduces innovative engineering and advanced comfort and convenience technologies that help the vehicle seamlessly integrate into customers’ lives.

Also helping drivers stay connected on the move and wave goodbye to a tangle of cables in the centre console, a new wireless charging pad beneath the instrument panel enables occupants to easily charge compatible smartphones. The pad automatically detects compatible devices to initiate charging.

Devices can remain connected via Bluetooth to Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system while using wireless charging, which is supported by an 8-inch central touchscreen that can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures. SYNC 3 allows drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple voice commands. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is included free-of-charge.

A new 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster is the first in the industry to use free-form technology that allows curved upper edges for seamless interior design. The free-form panel features circuitry embedded across the display, enabling designers to mould it into shapes beyond the traditional rectangular design.

All New Kuga in Ireland

All New Kuga in Ireland is available in four series: Titanium, ST-Line, ST-Line X and Vignale. Spec detail is as follows:

Titanium: 17” alloy wheels (18” for PHEV); LED daytime running lamps; halogen projector headlamps; heated and power-fold mirrors with puddle lamps; rear spoiler; twin exhausts; keyless start and entry; leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob; auto dimming rear view mirror; front scuff plates; 4.2” TFT coloured instrument cluster; SYNC with DAB audio system, 6 speakers and Navigation; FordPass Connect embedded modem; pre-collision assist and AEB; lane keeping aid with lane departure warning; intelligent speed assist.

ST-Line adds: 18” rock metallic alloy wheels; front LED fog lights with front cornering; black roof rails; ST-Line full body styling kit – (front and rear fascia and bumper design; rear painted diffuser; front painted skid plate; dark mesh upper grille); large rear spoiler; red brake calipers; flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching; alloy pedals; ST-Line sport seats in cloth; full digital 12.3” instrument cluster.

ST-Line X adds: full HED headlamps; headlamp control, automatic high/low beam; B&O premium audio system (10 speakers and subwoofer); driver impairment warning.

Vignale adds: 19” liquid aluminium alloy wheels; full LED quad projector headlamps with glare-free; Vignale body styling kit; Vignale rear diffuser; memory functionality with door mirrors; hands-free tailgate; Vignale premium leather steering wheel and gear knob; leather-wrapped instrument panel; Vignale scuff plates; full Vignale leather seat trim; heated passenger and driver seats; active park assist; heads up display.

Pricing:

Series Model Engine Fuel Transmission CO2 Priced from
Titanium 5 Door 1.5TD EcoBlue 120PS Diesel 6 Speed FWD 134 €33,357
Titanium 5 Door 2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEV Petrol Hybrid Automatic 32 €35,432
             
ST-Line 5 Door 1.5TD EcoBlue 120PS Diesel 6 Speed FWD 136 €35,985
ST-Line 5 Door 2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEV Petrol Hybrid 6 Speed FWD 32 €37,425
             
ST-Line X 5 Door 1.5TD EcoBlue 120PS Diesel 6 Speed FWD 137 €38,320
ST-Line X 5 Door 2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEV Petrol Hybrid 6 Speed FWD 32 €39,762
             
Vignale 5 Door 1.5TD EcoBlue 120PS Diesel 6 Speed FWD 137 €42,016
Vignale 5 Door 2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEV Petrol Hybrid 6 Speed FWD 32 €50,957