New Ford Kuga Hybrid brings diesel-rivalling fuel efficiency and range
Ford has launched a full hybrid version of its Kuga SUV, providing fuel efficiency and driving range to rival diesel models.
Priced from £33,600, it joins the existing plug-in hybrid model, diesel mild hybrid and the regular Kuga models, delivering fuel efficiency from 48.7mpg and CO2 emissions starting from 130g/km WLTP.
It’s the latest in a list of 17 new electrified vehicles that Ford plans to introduce before the end of 2021 and teams up a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with an electric motor, powered by a 1.1kWh battery. The result is a total 190hp of power and a total range of over 600 miles – 30% up on the Kuga Plug-in Hybrid – although the latter still offers a greater electric-only driving range of up to 35 miles. And the 0-62mph acceleration is taken care of in 9.1 seconds.
The Kuga Hybrid automatically switches between power configurations according to the driving scenario while its CVT also deploys a simulated gear-shift function – activated in Normal or Sport drive modes – to automatically adjust engine rpm as the vehicle’s speed changes; the intention is to reduce the “rubber band” effect often associated with continuously variable transmissions.
Kuga Hybrid is available to order in ST Line Edition, ST Line X Edition and Vignale trims. Standard equipment includes a FordPass Connect modem with Live Traffic updates for the navigation system and offering a range of functionality via the FordPass mobile app, including door lock unlock, remote start and vehicle locator.
A wireless charging pad is also standard. Options include Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8‑inch central touchscreen, and a B&O sound system.
Driver assistance technologies on offer include the global debut of Ford’s new lane-keeping system with blind spot assist. An optional system, this monitors the driver’s blind spot for vehicles approaching from behind, using steering alerts to warn the driver and guide them away from a lane change manoeuvre if a potential collision is detected.
Intersection assist technology also debuts and monitors for potential collisions with oncoming vehicles in parallel lanes, automatically applying the brakes if needed.
Other systems include adaptive cruise control with stop & go, speed sign recognition and lane centring, while active park assist provides fully automated parking manoeuvres.