New 2019 Ford Kuga: pictures, engines, and hybrid power

The new for 2019 Ford Kuga has been revealed, sporting plenty of hybrid options

BuyaCar team
Dec 5, 2019

Prices have been revealed for the all-new Ford Kuga SUV that will go on sale by the end of the year. Headline news is that it will be available with mild, regular, and plug-in hybrid powertrains - making it the first Ford to do so. Non-hybrid petrol and diesel engines will be on offer too, as will front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive variants.

The new Kuga is a bold step into the future for Ford, a manufacturer in the midst of electrifying 16 of its vehicles - with eight of these expected on the road this year. It will share the same mechanicals as the latest Ford Focus, and will be Ford’s first SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) to sit on this platform.

Ford reckons the new Kuga is up to (depending on spec) 90kg lighter than the outgoing model, which should make it more economical and better to drive. This new car will have more interior space than the outgoing model too, mostly because the new car will be longer.

Quick facts

  • Prices start from £23,995
  • Introduces hybrid engines to the range
  • Plug-in hybrid version also available
  • High-spec First Edition models out first
  • PHEV to produce 225hp
  • First deliveries expected early 2020

The new Kuga is a big step into the future for Ford, and a really important car for the company. Officially, the Kuga was the ninth best-selling car in the UK for 2018, and it was Ford’s best-selling SUV in Europe too, selling 153,800 units last year in Europe alone.

Alternatively, keep scrolling to read the latest news on the car, or take a look at the latest Ford Kuga discounts, which are expected to become more generous as the new car comes closer to production.

2019 Ford Kuga prices and specs

The brand new Ford Kuga model range will begin with the launch-spec First Edition. Priced from £28,145 in Titanium trim, it will feature a high-end sound system and assistance package including front and rear view cameras, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition as standard. Beyond that, there is also ST-Line and ST-Line X priced at £31,095 and £31,845 respectively.

On top of what you get with Titanium First Edition models, ST-Line will get you a heads-up display, a hands-free tailgate, a 12.3-inch instrument display and a whole load of exterior styling upgrades such as red brake callipers and sporty bodywork. ST-Line X takes things further still, with heated seats, a panoramic sunroof and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Once the excitement of the First Editions has blown over, Ford will introduce a more standard model range comprising of Zetec, Titanium, ST-Line, ST-Line X and Vignale trim levels. Prices will start at £23,995 for the most basic Zetec, rising to £27,245, £29,345, £30,645 and £31,945 for each trim level.

Equipment on Zetec models include 17-inch alloy wheels, a 4.2-inch instrument display, DAB radio, an additional eight-inch media display with Ford's new SYNC 3 system along with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and sat-nav.

Step up a notch to Titanium spec and you'll get 18-inch alloy wheels LED headlights, keyless entry and sports seats along with that uprated sound system.

ST Line brings a sporty edge to proceedings with sharp roof rails and all the sporty styling touches mentioned above. ST-Line X maintains its First Edition spec, while top-of-the-range Vignale models add bespoke styling tweaks, a heated steering wheel, heated seats, leather upholstery and an adjustable driver's seat.

2019 Ford Kuga technology

The biggest technological leap the Kuga will be making is in its clever use of hybrid powertrains.

In plug-in hybrid versions, the battery can be charged externally, as well as via a kinetic energy recovery system that captures energy usually lost during braking. Drivers can choose when and how to deploy battery power using EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge modes.

Sync3 is the beating heart of the car’s entertainment system. It uses an 8-inch central touchscreen that can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures. It also allows drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions, as well as connected smartphones using voice commands. Plus it comes with wireless phone charging.

Speaking of phones; the Kuga also comes with FordPass app. This allows users to locate their car, lock its door, and remote start it.

Active noise control employs three microphones to monitor engine noise in the interior. The system then directs opposing sound waves through the audio system to cancel out unwanted engine and transmission noises.

Notable safety features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring, plus a head-up display.

Ford’s latest autonomous parking system, called Active Park Assist 2, is also present. It can get you into a parking spot, as well as out of one.

2019 Ford Kuga design

Despite being Ford’s best-selling SUV in Europe, the firm has decided to twist rather than stick, and take the design in a new direction.

There’s no escaping it’s modelled heavily on the Focus, especially from the front where it shares similar sleek lights.

The side profile is almost Porsche Macan-esque. And while the Kuga will be longer than the outgoing model, there’s a feeling that it’s supposed to look a lot less like an off-roader, and much more like a sporting-crossover - because it will also be lower and wider than the previous model.

In ST-Line trim especially, it appeals to people who want an SUV not because of its off-roading ability, but because of its space, stature, and elevated driving position.

The poshest of the range will be the Vignale. These models do without sporting bodykits, but add chrome-look alloy wheels.

2019 Ford Kuga engines

Available in petrol and diesel engines, with mild, regular, and plug-in hybrid options, the Kuga will be one of the most adaptable SUVs on the market.

The plug-in hybrid Kuga uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine, electric motor, and a generator, to deliver a max power of 225hp. It should also be capable of driving around 31 miles using just electricity.

The regular hybrid uses the same 2.5-litre petrol engine, but doesn’t have the ability to be plugged in. It does have the ability to drive on electric power alone, although not for very far.

The Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid teams Ford’s 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine with a mild-hybrid system. This system uses a generator that replaces a standard alternator, which enables recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations. This essentially enables the Kuga to use its start-stop system to operate in more situations - lowering CO2 emissions.

Non-hybrid powertrains are also on offer. There are 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesels, badged EcoBlue. The 2.0-litre comes in two different power outputs of 150hp and 190hp. While there’s also a 1.5-litre petrol engine, badged EcoBoost, in two different power outputs - 120hp and 150hp. This set-up will soon be found in the Transit Custom Hybrid too.

2019 Ford Kuga review

No one outside of the company has driven the Kuga yet. But initial signs look good.

Mechanically, it’s based on the current Ford Focus. This family hatchback is good to drive and feels solidly put together.

Ford has long been criticised for its lack of hybrid involvement. Toyota, Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes, and Audi are among the car makers to have numerous hybrid models, where Ford only has one at the moment in the UK - the Mondeo. The Kuga then, looks to be a step in the right direction.

In terms of practicality, the Kuga is longer than the outgoing model, and Ford says it has more interior space than the current car.
 

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